Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Series/Novel: The Illuminae Files_01
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fiction
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Year Published: 2015
First Line: "So here's the file that almost killed me, Director."
"This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she'd have to do today. 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 mutuating, 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 the 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 Rating: 5/5
I've never read a book quiet like this before. I found that it was so interesting in format as well as in the type of story it is. I find that I haven't read a true Science Fiction YA book for a while that didn't involve a dystopian earth. And don't get me wrong I love dystopian which is one of my favorites but this book was crazy. The use of files and documents made it an interesting read and a quick one at that, although it is large in size. If someone was going to read this book I would strongly suggest that you get a physical copy as it's pages are beautiful and help to tell the story so well. I found that the first 100 pages or so seemed to drag and I wasn't interested but after I read for a longer amount of time I fell in love. I finished it this afternoon in 2 hours and just couldn't get it read fast enough. I can't wait to read the next book in the series, and am sorrily disappointed that it doesn't come out until October. Don't worry, ladies and gentleman I am putting it on preorder at this very moment. I'm super excited to see where this story leads and would recommend this to anyone who loves science fiction as well as plagues. Something for everyone.
Thanks for reading,