5 stars – It was mind-blowingly awesome!!!! Holly crap!! It was PERFECTION Everyone should read it as soon as they can!
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.
I don’t even know how you start to review a masterpiece of a book like this. Illuminae is awe-inspiring! Conveying so much emotion, suspense and atmosphere in the most unconventional formatting ever. I’ve only really read two hard-core sci-fi novels this year, Illuminae and The Martian and both of them have blown my ever loving mind. Maybe that should be a hint to me to start picking up more sci-fi.
I’m not sure if I ever actually read the blurb for Illuminae before diving into the book (I just went with the hype) and going in blind to a book like this was the best decision ever. Opening that first page and seeing the unique formatting this book would be written in was the best surprise ever. I have said it maybe a million times by now, but you give me a book with unique formatting, something I haven’t seen before, and I will automatically add a star onto my review. It’s just something that I truly love and enjoy in a book.
Illuminae is formatted as a casefile of the events of the planet, Keranza and its three surviving escape ships Hypatia, Alexander and Copernicus, as they flee Biotech, the company hell bent on killing them all so they can’t report what it did to their planet. The casefile is composed of instant messages, conversation transcripts, emails, dairy entries, AI core files, count down clocks, analysis reports and much more.
Even though all these formats probably have you assuming the book lacks human emotion (at least that’s what I was expecting) it doesn’t. So much emotion is conveyed in this book. You connect with characters through their IM conversation, you see them make more spelling mistakes when their under stress. Your heart hurts when you read the transcripts of them talking about all the people they love dying. You get so nervous and anxious as you watch that fucking countdown clock click closer to 0. Seriously, this book is so emotional and I really wasn’t expecting it. This is one of those rare books were the author’s just DO NOT HOLD BACK. They wanted to shock and hurt us so they committed! It was kind of incredible! But I swear they’re no way I’m going into the next book with trust that Amie and Jay aren’t going to killing off everyone I love.
The driving force behind this novel is by far Kady Grant. Kady’s as close as this book comes to a main character she is a sixteen year old hacker protégé, she is hopelessly socially awkward and such a smart ass. I. Loved. Her. She is by far not your everyday protagonist, but then again no way anyone but someone extraordinary could pull off what she pulls off. Her boyfriend Ezra is always amazing! He’s the mushy romantic to her logical computer nerd. Ezra is an air force pilot and I swear is the reason behind my heart exploding into a million pieces. I kind of love him!
Another flipping amazing thing about this out of this world book is AIDEN the artificial intelligence. Now AIDEN is the most ambiguous bad guy ever! When he was first introduced into the novel, I legit found his presence super creepy. The things AIDEN does under the guise of protecting the good of the fleet is chilling and is like the entire reason behind the suspense in this book. But by the end of the novel you are unsure as to whether or not AIDEN is actually that bad! Who doesn’t love a bad guy you feel for!
Overall, I seriously loved this book! Literally amazing! I cannot even begin to think about how the next book is going to go after that ending, but I can’t wait! Everyone needs to go out and read this book!!!
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