Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Description: 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.
Thoughts: I may be on the outside but I didn’t fall in love with this book. I actually struggled to finish. I struggled to feel connected. It took most of the book to feel like I was cheering anyone on or caring for any of the characters. Even when I did I knew what part of the ending was coming to.
A sci-fi story isn’t my normal read but I eventually figured I would give this one a shot since my library had it. The authors bring this story to the readers in an unfashion way through emails and documents and other various ways.
In a way I’m intrigued how the second book will be written and what the characters will go through but because of struggling so much with this one I won’t be rushing out to read it.