Source: Bought, but also received from Netgalley and Random House Kids in exchange for an honest review.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Series:The Illuminae Files #1
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: October 20. 2015
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.
WOW, just wow... I cannot believe how absolutely amazing this book ended up being. Now I know that almost everyone has loved it, but that doesn't always mean I will, but I LOVED this book. These authors strung together the most heart pounding crazy space epic I have read so far. I absolutely adored it at every turn. The book make me gasp, yell, crazy, freak out --- all the emotions at once sometimes.
I was lucky enough to have known about this book and know that everyone loved it but also stay away from any reviews and spoilers until I read it - so I won't be the one to spoil it for anyone either. just know that it is not what you expect at all and prepare to be amazed and shocked at every turn.
So on to this plot now that I am done fangirling.... sorry about that. Illuminae is written up as a casefile on an incident - the incident being the attack of a planet. The book is a record of everything that happened but mostly focuses on two people, teens actually, Kady and Ezra. The file contains messages, recordings, files from the ships, data records, lots of interesting things to read and look through. Anywho, Kady and Ezra are on different ships after escaping their planets destruction. The are both being chased but there is a bunch of hinky stuff going on too. Kady is trying to find out the answers, Ezra is trying to follow orders, and everyone is just trying to survive. Lots of suspense and lots of craziness take place.
I loved the way this book was put together, you read conversations and files as snapshots of what is happening and that made of easy reading even though the book is super bulky (599 pages). I started reading pretty slowly as the story began but about 100 pages in it took off and I could not put it down, I finished the rest in about 3 sittings, and that was only because I had to eat and run an errand.
What can I say, I loved the whirlwind of emotions this book created. The characters were so interesting and fun to follow, and the plot was so crazy that I never thought it would make sense in the end but it does.... oh so much. I cannot wait for the next one.