Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Release Date: October 20th 2015
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Survival Stories, Young Adult
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
It is like no other.
You’ve probably heard by now, but ILLUMINAE is written in an incredibly unique way: “Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more…” It is very creative, and unlike anything I’ve seen before: some pages are in black, some you have to tilt your head to read, some are in chat form, etc. Trying to tell a story in such a way must have been a tremendous undertaking and a challenging task; you can tell a lot of thought went into it. View Spoiler » « Hide Spoiler
The suspense kept me reading.
Due to the formatting I mentioned above, you experience this story right alongside the characters, as though you are right there with them. Stakes feel high, and they are-thousands of lives are at risk. It keeps you on your toes, wondering what will happen next and entices you to keep reading to find out what happens.
I was somewhat detached from the story.
Can the artificial intelligence system have more character development than the actual characters? (Apparently, yes.) Because we are basically reading documents and conversations explaining what is going on, there is a certain sort of detachment, like we are observers. It also didn’t allow me to connect to the characters, I wasn’t all that invested in what happened to them personally and thought they were a bit bland.
The romance felt inauthentic.
It might be because I couldn’t connect to the characters, but I didn’t believe in this romance in this book either. The banter between the two main characters, while humorous at first, became a little annoying and too immature for my tastes.
AM I TOO OLD? They start off broken up and upset at each other, as explained in the blurb, but there was no in-between stage of them building up their relationship again. It didn’t sound like their reasons for breaking up were addressed so I wouldn’t be surprised to see that drama carried over into the next book. View Spoiler »
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The grand reveal was astonishing.
Once everything started to come together and the truth was revealed, I had even more respect to how the story was told. It’s actually pretty ingenious, not to give too much away. I’m still not entirely sure what happened exactly, but all the information to connect the dots is provided.
While it was a visually beautiful and creative novel, I couldn’t get into the actual story ILLUMINAE was telling. I will still probably check out the sequel though, and would still recommend this one purely for the experience it provides.