Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Review

If you go anywhere in the book world online and look at people’s favourite books of 2015/2016 then this book is certainly going to be on them lists. It is now 2019 and im only just getting around to it so let’s see if it is as good as everyone says it is. Anyway, it is time for a review.

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.

Taken from goodreads

The story is what originally got me interested in the book as it is has been a while since I have read a space war book and I thought it was about time I returned to that genre for a bit. The story itself is great as we get to see how Kady is coping with the fact that the two people she needs the most (her mom and her ex) are on a different ship to her and the people in charge wont let her go over and see them. She also wants to know why out of all places in the universe why was her home attacked and this is when she starts digging into places she shouldn’t be. When you start reading the book trust me when I say as soon as you hit that 100 page mark you won’t want to put the book down.

Now onto the reason why this book is so different compared to literally anything else I have ever read before. This book tells its story through hacked documents, these are online diary entries, leaked documents, voice clips, information stored in the AI and more. For me this took a long time to get my head around as it did mean you had to read the date and time for each of the documents to get a sort of idea when things are happening and then how they were going to affect the story. For me I prefered the parts being told from the AI as it was so strange seeing something some robotic slowly learn feelings but at the same time causing problems to everyone who came near him or tried shutting him down.

This book is a must read in my opinion, even if you don’t like the sound of the book because it is just a new way of telling a story and it brings new life into reading books.

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