Rating: 5 Stars
The Blurb: 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.
This is probably one of the most difficult reviews I’ve ever written, because I don’t know exactly what to say. Illuminae is so unlike anything I’ve ever read before, that I feel that reviewing it as I would any other book wouldn’t do it justice. I struggled with rating this book, because I was so caught up in my own swirling mass of emotions. Illuminae is confusing and terrifying, and so, so good.
Illuminae is a about an intergalactic war over natural resources. While the blurb sounds fascinating, the first thing I have to say is that it is not an accurate representation of the book, meaning it does not do the book justice. Illuminae is not a typical sci-fi novel; it is so much more. Kristoff and Kaufman’s styles blend seamlessly into a beautiful, heart-wrenching story, not only about lovestruck teenagers, but about the world, and how just the slightest disturbance can fling it into chaos.