Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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.

I was a little skeptical going into this book. There was so much hype around it, and I was worried that it was not going to live up to it's hype. I am happy to say that it definitely lived up to it's hype. There were somethings that I didn't love about the book, but as a whole, I loved this book!

The plot of this book was so intriguing and addictive. It was one of the most unique plot lines that I have read in a very long time. I was completely absorbed by the story. I wanted to figure out what was happening just as much as the main characters did. This book definitely got my heart racing so many times. I also really enjoyed the setting of this book. I thought the space setting was so interesting and unique. I haven't read very many books where the setting is on a space ship a majority of the book. 

The format of this book is like nothing I have read before. The visuals that are used in this book were really interesting, and I thought it was a creative way to make this book unique. However, sometimes I felt like it took away from the book in a negative way. I thought some of the articles were boring to read, and I wish those would have been cut out. I would have liked to have more narrative at times instead of the crazy visuals. They sometimes took me out of the story because I was trying to understand the visual. Essentially, I just wish there would have been more actual narrative instead of the pictures that were used. 

I loved the two main characters of this book, Kady and Ezra. Kady was smart, sassy, and fearless. I thought she was extremely admirable, and I wish I could be more like her. My favorite parts of this book were when Kady and Ezra would instant message each other. I loved their relationship, and I shipped them so hard. I thought Ezra was the perfect match for Kady. He was romantic, funny, realistic, witty, and protective. He made me laugh out loud and swoon numerous times through out the book. The relationship between Ezra and Kady was the main reason I was so addicted to this book. I wanted them together so badly! I actually wish they would have a little more interaction in the book, but I was still pleased with what I got. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I definitely think a lot of people will love this book, and it will live up to the hype for a lot of people. If you like sci-fi books, then I would definitely recommend you check this book out! I will say that I think this book would be easier to read in a physical copy instead of ebook due to the visuals in the book. If you are thinking about reading this book, then I think you definitely should! It was an enjoyable book that I think a lot of people will fall in love with.

4 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.* 

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