When I read it: February 2016
Genres: sci-fi; YA
Recommended for: Sci-fi and/or YA fans, or someone interested in trying out sci-fi to see if maybe they’ll like it.
What it’s about:
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.
Ok, I read this over a year ago and I still want to scream about it, because I loved it. In the interest of full-disclosure, I actually fell in love with this before it was released. First I saw it on YouTube, then I read a sample from Net Galley, and then, finally, I had the book in my hands. (I might have actually been misty eyed when I found it in a store and got to bring it home with me.)
First, this is such a nice book to look at. It’s weird and, I think, ergodic? (Is that what books like this are called?) If you haven’t seen pictures of the inside of this book, the text isn’t just left to right like English books are. It’s in shapes, it makes pictures, there are dossiers and IM-type messages, etc. It’s awesome and a super quick read for a book that’s right about 600 pages.
I’m not a huge lover of sci-fi (I like it, but I haven’t read much), but I think this would be a great choice for someone who’s unsure of whether or not they’ll enjoy the genre. Maybe I’m wrong about that, so please let me know if you disagree!
The characters and the plot and the format were all so well done, and I desperately wanted the next book as soon as I finished reading it. I came very close to immediately re-reading it, but trying to hit my reading goal stopped me.
Basically, I loved this book, I recommend it to everyone, and my husband might be on the verge of throwing it at me if I tell him he has to read it one more time because I haven’t shut up about it since before it came out 😛