Illuminae (Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.
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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.

(via Goodreads)

This book was so much fun to read. It was unique and engaging. The structure begged attention, and I thoroughly enjoyed moving the book around to read some of its contents. With such a visual book, its size shouldn’t put you off. It is a quick read. And the action leaves you reading well into the night as you want to find out what has happened.

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The only thing I had trouble with, the black pages had a few sections with darker font. I had trouble reading it under the lamp light.

Our main characters Kady and Ezra are fun, realistic, and well imagined. And hooray for no love triangles!

Would I recommend it? Yes, for anyone who likes SciFi, or Young Adult, or both.

4.5/5

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