Thursday, 21 January 2016

Book Review | Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and 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.

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 you get with Illuminae, is a wonderfully interesting book. Told in very unique ways, with transcripts and so on. It's got a fast pace, interesting characters, and is written so well, that you'll just want to keep on turning the pages.
For me, this is the kind of book, which although I bought it on Kindle and that's where I read it. It's a book which I would happily (and probably will soon) buy in physical copy as well, so that I can grab it off the shelves whenever I want, and reread it. Also, some of the word pictures, and other interesting styles inside this book, I feel would just be great in the physical copy.
This book wasn't just fast paced adventure, though, it had a interesting love story, which I for one enjoyed a lot. It was also packed full of emotion.
I was so impressed by this book, that it actually became the second best book I read last year, and out of 76 books, that's pretty impressive.
I would definitely recommend this. Especially if you love books like the Across the Universe and Sky Chasers series.
What you get here, is an intelligent, interesting, emotional, YA sci-fi. That will have you enthralled from beginning to end.
A must read in my opinion.


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