Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman


Title: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication Date: October 20th 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Publishers
Rating: 5 Stars
Format: Paperbacks

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.

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Shani’s Review:
At first I found the story a bit hard to follow. It was intriguing of course…..I’ve never read a book organized in this manner. I felt as if I was in the story itself, spying on everyone and writing intelligence reports (😂😂) Illuminae was uniquely amazing. It takes place in space on a two ships (SPOILER ALERT: originally three but one went haywire and blew the other one up). The main characters, Ezra Mason & Kady Grant had just broken up. Shortly after, their planet was invaded by BeiTech, stating their planet was an illegal dwelling. Talk about a sign from the universe. Although they’re kept on different ships and assigned to different jobs, they keep corresponding. Meanwhile a lot of mysterious events are occurring for on the ships. The size of the book was a bit intimidating but still very much worth it.
About the Author:
Amie Kaufman
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.

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