18 February 2018

Illuninae: Review

Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: Oct. 20, 2015
Find: Amazon | Goodreads
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Illuminae (with Jay Kristoff) and These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, and Their Fractured Light (with Meagan Spooner.) She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of four Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over thirty countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.

Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

I hadn't actually heard much about this book the first time I read it. So, I was quite surprised when I realized the format was more epistolary in nature. Told with case files, computer chats, through the eyes of a computer, and more-- Illuminae was an absolute ride!

There are stories that I'll read where I feel as if the author is just kind of flying by the seat of their pants. You know the ones. The plot doesn't seem too hashed out. So, by the second or third book, you're going, "Huh? But, what about..." Well, this story is nothing like that. This story is told in such a way that there is a clear, distinct tale being told. And this first installment, although, completely engaging, is just a fraction of it.

Exciting, riveting, and genius, I felt no moments of weakness in the plot of Illuminae. The characters were strong and humorous. I don't know how these two authors get along in the real world, but together, in Book Land, they birth amazing book babies!

I should note that I recently reread this so I could be fresh for the second installment. And I was just as entertained as the first time.

No comments:

Post a Comment