Book Review: Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff *****

Book Review: Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff *****

-Am I nOt meRciFul?-

book review Illuminae Amie Kaufman Jay Kristoff

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.

Right off the bat I want to tell you why I gave this book five stars. It’s very simple actually, it’s been a long time since I was this entertained by a book. I couldn’t find any faults, nothing bothered me, the layout was original (and worked brilliantly) and the story was unpredictable (even though you think you know what’s going to happen, you really, really don’t).

Let’s jump back to the start. Kady has just broken up with her boyfriend, Ezra. While she’s in class, her planet is invaded… Ezra and Kady both get off the planet on different ships. Ezra on a military spaceship, Kady’s on a scientific/civilian vessel. Both ships, along with a third (medical), are part of the same fleet. They try to get away from one of the invader’s ships, the Lincoln.

That’s the setting, three ships trying to outrun/fly/you-know-what-I-mean the enemy. And then people start dying. And something is definitely wrong with that AI… A bad day turns into days. No end in sight.

Kady is a brilliant character. She’s smart and resourceful. She’s also very brave. She starts out as a rebel and has to grow up fast. She remains human, feels pain, is sad, loses hope sometimes but always tries to help (herself and) others.

AIDAN was a difficult one for me at first. I didn’t think I was going to like him but the more you see things from his point of view, the more you understand and man, I really liked his parts.

All in all, this book was so artistic and so original. There are a million little details hidden away, a lot of which I probably missed. I read Gemina right after finishing Illuminae (I’ll put up a review for it soon) and I think I’ll reread both of them closer to Obsidio’s release date (which is March 2018).

If you’re looking for a book that’s thrilling, entertaining and at times scary as ****, then look no further. This is the one you want to read.

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