Friday, November 25, 2016

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Book Thoughts

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."

My Thoughts

That was an intense ride! This is a heart-breaking sci-fi/romance book. It has loss, survival, courage, heart-break, a crazy AI, space war, and a deadly virus. The way it is formatted makes it quicker to read than expected, but still very readable. It hooked me from the first page, seriously the last 2 lines on the first page had me hooked, and it kept me. It had me feeling like I was choking up and there were plenty of tears.

It's a collection of documents that sheds light on the truth of a catastrophic event that leads to terrifying tragedy. There are IM's, Journal entries, psychiatric evaluations, somebody describing a surveillance (not professional lol), diagrams and more. The diagrams make it easier to imagine what is going on. I honestly loved the formatting, and wasn't sure if I would before I got into it but I loved how it was told, readable, easy to fly through, and still very impactful, getting the message across without unnecessary stuff.

I adored the characters, especially the main character Kady. She is one awesome, bad-ass heroine! She was very relatable as well, her thoughts, actions and the way she felt. She dealt with tough circumstances in an amazing way! Tough, Loving, Honorable. Also every character did what they thought was best with the information they had at the time. Sometimes you will love them, sometimes you'll hate them, but they did the best they could. There is also a great mix of protaganists and antagonists.

I also want to point out i'm writing this review a day after having read it and i'm still putting pieces together from what I read like "Oh!" I guess they are called easter eggs? I'm not sure but I love it when a book can do this, make me think about it for quite awhile afterwards, putting together all the pieces and making an impact on me after i'm done with it. It's wonderful! I was initially worried about all the hype surrounding this book, but I definitely understand it now!

I was on the edge of my seat reading this and I can't wait to pick up the next book! I gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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