Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
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.
I was very reluctant to read this, mainly because I had heard great things with influenced my expectations and didn’t want to be disappointed. But I finally sat down plowed through this book. I honestly don't know how I feel about this book. I enjoyed many parts but was not entirely blown away. The amount of formatting and textual designs are amazing and breathtaking. It is definitely not your standard 600-page book. When the book first began, I found it difficult to remember each of the names and who/what they did. I had to take pictures when a new character appeared to keep everything straight and even then I'm not entirely sure I remember who did what exactly. Being bombarded with multiple characters, occupations, and just a new world really overwhelmed me at first. Immediately you are thrown into a new world just before death and destruction break out. I kind of wish there was a glossary in the back of the book containing information about the characters and the text lingo that they used. Being a teenager, I did know most of the shortcuts, however, some may not. I really enjoyed how much detail was put into each of the photocopies of the files and recordings. It made it seem as if I weren't reading a book but watching an action film. The action was not what I was expecting, at least not as epic as I was looking forward to. It was long and drawn out suspense that made my eyes skip ahead a few paragraphs and jump back to where I was. With the few insights into Kady's character, there are still many things about her that remain a mystery. Throughout the book, we are constantly learning new things and adding more information to piece together. Having multiple points of views with numerous opinions really gives the reader freedom to create their own conclusion. Even with the surveillance cameras, humor is everywhere. I definitely am curious to see how this book is portrayed on the big screen in the coming years and the following books.