Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) ★★★★☆

I wanted to read this book for the longest time before I finally gave in and picked it up while shopping at Target. I’m incredibly happy that I did because it turned out to have such a great story line and plot! I loved the way in which it was told and cannot wait to start Gemina, the second book in the trilogy!

Goodreads Summary: 

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 Review: 

Now I know a lot of people say that the first half of the book is boring, and I don’t disagree but once you move past that fact, the story becomes amazing. I was reading another book while reading Illuminae and I think that if I had tried to just read this book in one sitting it would be sitting in my DNF pile. Which is sad because a lot of people I know don’t like to read more than one book at a time, thus leading to them not finishing this book.

I found that the characters weren’t bland and they acted in ways that you would expect from high school students that just had to evacuate their home planet. Kady was one of my favorite characters because even though Ezra was one of the only people who survived the invasion, she didn’t jump right back into his “arms” and that made the situation seem more realistic to me. I mean as realistic as space ships and AI in outer space can be at this point.

I also know that some people didn’t enjoy the way that this book was told. I, personally, loved the fact that you weren’t being told the characters every thought, just what they would write in a letter or IM to another person. This whole book just felt very genuine to me and I really loved the black pages where the AI would speak. The colour contrasts and changes in word layout just added to the, for lack of a better word, amazingness of the book.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to try reading something that unique and that contains an incredible plot. Not only is this book told in a way I’ve not seen or read before, it doesn’t go overboard with the note pages. There are some points where it just feels like you are reading a normal book and it has a nice change of pace. That was something I really appreciated from the book and it’s an aspect that I would like to see transferred into the secound book.

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