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ARC Review ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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ARC Review ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman and  Jay KristoffIlluminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
ISBN: 0553499114
Series: ,
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 608
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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.


2001: A Space Odyssey updated for the future with teens with a touch of Romeo and Juliette mixed with the Walking Dead thrown in for good measure.  You must get your hands on this book as humanly possibly if you are a sci-fi, romance junkie like me.  I read someplace that this will be a movie soon and I can’t wait.  The story is told through instant messages, email, technical reports, schematics, and ephemera all creating a mood that lets you “be” there in the story.  There is never a dull moment with fast paced dialogue mixed in with thrilling action.

This is basically a boy (Ezra),  meets girl (Kady), loses girl, almost dies and it is all the fault of a computer much like Hal.  When a multi-univeral corporation finds an illicit mining operation going on in an uncharted planet, they attack and take out most of the people.  There just happens to be 3 other vessels within hailing distance to the planet that picks up most of the survivors.  A war ship that contains the crazy computer, a scientific vessel and shipping craft.  Each has a purpose and a story to tell with the crew members.

Ezra and Kady both escape on different ships and after an illness breaks out on the ship, the pair find they must fight for their lives after they have lost everything.  Kady is sharp and underestimated at first because she is rebellious and acts silly.  Ezra is just a solid guy even though he is young but he does learn quickly.  I can’t wait to see where this story goes since there are two more books in this series planned.






  1. holdenj says

    Excited you got to read this and I can’t wait! I feel like not enough people read Stormdancer and the Lotus books, they were so very good. Excited to see Kristoff into another series.