Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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.

 

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.

 

Illuminae is a lot of people’s favorite book of 2015. I saw so many people RAVING about this book, so, of course, I had to buy it to see what the hype is all about. I must admit, the size is intimidating. With a whopping 599 pages of words, files, and documents, I was hesitant to start it. So it took me over a month to finally pick up. But, when I did pick it up, I was instantly caught up in the sci-fi world.

 

I thought this book would be hard to read since it isn’t straight-forward writing, but I was wrong. It was super easy to read and get through. All the characters, major and minor, were lovable and amazing. The world-building was fantastic. I totally understand why so many other people love this book, and I’m right there with them.

 

Ezra and Kady. They were so lovable and strong and human in a hard time. Their relationship was cute, er, as cute as can be when they broke up right before the story starts. But they were amazing characters. I also grew a love for the secondary characters Byron Zhang, James Mcnulty, and (especially) Aidan. I won’t go into any detail about these characters for risk of spoilers, but I bonded with all 3 of them.

 

The graphics in this book are beautiful. From the cover to the inner art, it is amazing itself. Some scenes are hard to read because of how its written with the graphics, but it is beautiful nonetheless.

 

This book isn’t for the faint of heart. A virus, which resembles The Flare from The Maze Runner series, is released on the ships and turns some people into zombie-like creatures who kill and do unspeakable things. It wasn’t very scary for me to read it, but I did want to warn any potential readers. I had no idea about that aspect going into the book, honestly, so it’s just a warning.

 

Also, this book is not clean. Not near clean. A majority of profanity is covered with a black line, as it instructs in the beginning of the book, but that doesn’t stop the mind from easily telling what word are under those lines. Plus, it does have a few sexual references, but nothing graphic. Some bantering and teasing between friends and such, but it’s nothing graphic. I marked that area off in my copy of the book so, in case I ever want to re-read it, I can skip past it. But, in the end, you aren’t explicitly reading the words. But they’re still there and you know it. Oh, and there is mention of one gay relationship. It doesn’t go into any detail except mentioning the man had a husband.

 

In the end, I’m SUPER pumped for the next book, Gemina, slated to come out in 2016! Plus, this book is already being made into a movie!! I’m so excited for the development in the series. I read an article on Jay Kristoff’s (one of the author’s) blog earlier about the new book and it made me even more excited! I’m really hoping the new book has less profanity… *fingers crossed*

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