Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20th, 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Space, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: borrowed from the library
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.
What starts out as a crazy invasion on a small little colony, comes an epic science fiction adventure that is also reminiscent of an alien movie. Minus the aliens that is. I don’t know how to describe what Illuminae actually is because it falls on so many genres. Science fiction, action adventure, romance and thriller? Yep that’s pretty much a mouthful of genres. Not only does it include a space adventure that you’re willing to sink your teeth into, but it’s also a thriller. Because there are the Afflicted who act like smart and creepy zombies! AHHHH!
Two broken up lovers are our main characters, Kady and Ezra. Kady is a hacker who is intelligent, kick-ass, strong and sarcastic. Ezra is a space pilot who witty, confident, and romantic. I loved them both, but Kady takes the edge. She is the heroine rescuing her beloved and I loved seeing her play such a role in helping save the world from the bad guys. Ezra is hilarious and I couldn’t help but laugh when he would IM with his friend because their chats were just too funny. I really liked both of their personalities and even their mixed up relationship.
What I didn’t get answered was way BiTech destroyed their planet. I wanted to know why they would do all of this in the first place. Here’s hoping it’s in the next book! Both Kaufman and Kristoff are one heck of a writing duo to bring forth a story that will glue you to its pages.
Written in a stylized way, via Internet chat messages, interviews, letters, reports etc. Illuminae is creative and inventive. Packed with as much action as a movie you won’t be able to put it down! Do not be intimidated by the gigantic page count of 599 pages. They’re super quick to read, and it won’t take you long to get into the nitty gritty of the story. You will be entertained, trust me.