fantasy · romance · Sci-Fi · Young adult

Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ★★★★★

Blurb; Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she’d ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But the warship could be the least of their problems. 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 biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.
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; Illuminae is book one in the Illuminae files and I have seen these books everywhere so I thought I would give it ago. However, I am not a huge Sci-Fi fan, I think overall I’ve only read a couple of Sci-Fi books before. I went into this book thinking it wasn’t for me or worried about not understanding the story… HOW WRONG WAS I? I loved it.

I loved the whole layout the story is told in through files, messaging apps, emails, reports and camera footage etc. It makes it a real unique story to read and easy to read. I love that diagrams were also throughout the story so the reader knows exactly what the ‘ships’ look like and how big they are. Amazing.

Within the story there’s a love story between Kady and Ezra which takes away the Sci-Fi edge a bit for me. I loved both there characters. Kady is clever, fearless, brave and a real hero in this story. However, there is all the doom and gloom to come alongside this… They are being followed by an Enemy warship and need to get away as they stand no chance against it. There is also a deadly plague loose on one of the other ships turning people into violent, killing and bloody monsters. Will they survive the virus? Will they get away from the enemy? Will they all survive? Will Aidan (the computer system) help them or turn against them? A tense read that will have you turning the pages for fun. Brilliant!

So after all that I throughally enjoyed every minute of this I actually read 520 pages of it in one day (out of 600 pages). I did have to concentrate at first but it soon became easier to read. A great book to start with if you want to try Sci-Fi. A well deserved five stars from me, highly recommend. I cannot wait to see what happens in the following books.

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