illuminae by amie kaufman
published: october 20th 2015
genres & keywords: young adult, science fiction
series: the illuminae files #1
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.
.:: RATING 1 STAR ::.
Mason, E, LT 2nd: Ppl are in prison because of you! Ppl got hurt because of you!
Ugh, I’m just going to end my suffering.
This is a great book to look at. The format is so visually appealing and each page brings something different. It’s truly a work of art.
Its storytelling ability, however, sucks. It’s dialogue heavy and comes with info-dumps in the form of wikipedia-like pages. The romance is generic and actually had me rolling my eyes. Me. Eye-rolling. Romance. It’s unnatural, honestly.
In the end, I had to look within myself and ask “do I give one shit about what’s happening right now? would I care if they all got blasted into space and the human species ended?” Because if the answer is no, then I think I know what has to be done…
DNF at 43%