WOW THIS ONE REALLY SURPRISED ME! GO PICK IT UP NOWWWWW!
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. -goodreads.com summary
I went into Illuminae completely blind and that’s the way I feel it should be read (so stop reading this and GO READ IT!) Once I realized it was about space I became a little cautious because that isn’t usually my cup of tea… but omg I LOVED it!
THE CHARACTERS: Everyone was SO realistic and well written. I found myself sympathizing with characters that we had only seen briefly in chat log and that’s amazing.
Speaking of characters, THAT REALISTIC DIALOGUE! THE BANTER! In many of the chat logs I felt like I was reading an actual conversation between two teens. It really made me fall in love with the characters!
Ezra: I WANT MY OWN EZRA! WHERE CAN I GET ONE?! His messages to Kady were the CUTEST!
Plot: As I said, I’m not usually one for space SCI-FI but this plot drew me in IMMEDIATELY! I think it was because I cared about the characters but I HAD to know what was going to happen!
Format: SO CREATIVE! You can tell that so much work went into the format and I LOVE IT! The chat logs and such also make Illuminae a very quick read! So, while it is 600 pages, it’s a quick 600 pages!
*shrugs* this book was amazing. Can I add a sixth star? 6/5 stars!
GO READ ILLUMINAE NOW! The characters and dialogue were both great and you’ll fall the in love immediately! The plot is full of tense moments and you’ll never want to put the novel down!
EZRA: The fact that I thought he was acting a little out of character and it was because HE WASN’T ACTUALLY HIMSELF! THE DETAIL! I CRIED when I thought he was dead… I love this child… please protect! With that said, don’t know how I feel about him being alive… I’m happy but it also seems a little out of left field… I can’t help but think the end would be more emotional if he had actually died.
Kady: I was so sure Kady was gonna die but I guess it makes since she didn’t because someone had to compile the files for the novel to exist. Her almost final moments with Aiden were CRAZY EMOTIONAL!
Ezra’s Mom: so it seems she actually IS crazy… I’m excited to see where that goes
Aiden: HOW DID YOU GET ME TO SYMPATHIZE WITH A MURDEROUS AI?! WHAT EVEN?! 😂