Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Genre: Science Fiction / Young Adult
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“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.”
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff struck up a writing partnership which resulted in the international bestseller series; The Illuminae Files. They live in Melbourne, Australia.
A 3-star must read
Where do I start with this book.. Can I call it a book? The format is so unique, I don’t even know. The story is told through a dossier of hacked documents including emails, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, summaries of surveillance footage and more.
The story starts off with Kady and Ezra being interviewed about what happened at Kerenza. Kerenza is Kady and Ezra’s home planet. Or was.. Kerenza has been attacked by BeiTech and the people living on Kerenza are forced to flee their homes. To make the day of the attack even worse, Kady and Ezra just broke up. They end up on different spaceships; Kady is on the Hypatia, Ezra on the Alexander.
And the drama doesn’t stop there. BeiTech isn’t feeling like letting the Kerenza people walk. Their warship, Lincoln, is in pursuit of the evacuation fleet. Still not enough drama? No. The AI of the Alexander spaceship, called AIDAN (“Artificial Intelligence Defence Analytics Network”) has lost it. Completely.
“Am I not merciful?”
I felt as though the characters lacked dept. Maybe this is because of the format, I’m not sure. I just didn’t really feel connected to Kady or Ezra. And the romance between them.. It was predictable.
The story is okay. It was fast paced and I finished the book in 4 days. Unfortunately, the ending just didn’t work for me.
That being said.. I did really enjoy this book. The reading experience was very unique and I loved the variously different documents and how they looked. The format is the main reason why I would recommend this book.
3 out of 5 stars.