I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
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illuminae was very strange and very different.
note: all quotes are from an advanced reader’s copy and may differ from the final edition.
in all honesty, i don’t know how to feel about this book. I’M CONFUSED. as in i-don’t-know-what-is-going-on-with-the-plot and i’m-not-sure-how-i-feel-about-this and the-plot-is-so-mind-blowing-what-is-going-on. first off, the writing style is very different and very unique. the story is told in files and IMs and the like. it’s hard to adjust and took me a while (about 50%!! a long time, in my opinion) to get into/understand the main basis of the story, but when i DID get there, i enjoyed it.
“It’s not the bullets that kill you. It’s the moments like these.” (ARC, 34%)
objectively speaking, this book is fantastic. the writing really stood true and made me think i was reading files and codes. in the way it was formatted and written, it transformed me into their world. there was A LOT going on in the plot (sometimes i felt it was a liiiiitle too much?), but it was very interesting and different and little strange.
but the thing is, i couldn’t connect with any of the characters or relationships. i didn’t feel it, nor did i bother to care. yes, the characters were distinct; yes, they had strong personalities and weren’t annoyingly annoying; yes, they were well-written. but i just didn’t FEEEEL them. you know? sure, when someone died i’d be like, “aw, that’s too bad,” but it wasn’t beyond that. i didn’t care for the romantic relationship, and often had more feelings for the friendships. and really, it’s not that i didn’t like it but more that i didn’t care for it. (and sometimes, i feel like that’s worse?? sorry???)
“Your stuff is a series of choices that show who you are.” (ARC, 64%)
overall, the plot was interesting but i wasn’t emotionally invested. i couldn’t connect with anyone (the most i connected with was a machine, and that was like the last 25% of the book) and i couldn’t bother to care. UGH. the writing was really good, though a bit hard to get into. basically, i’m not sure how i feel about this book. the ending was shocking and WOW A+ to the plot, but i don’t know if i actually want to read the next one. (is there going to be a second novel? it sorta ended on a cliffhanger? I DIDN’T SIGN UP FOR THIS??) i’m curious to know what’s going to happen, but i really don’t care for the characters. (i guess i could try harder in the next novel? if i get to it?)
SIDE NOTE: there were a lot of pages that included images because they’re well, FILES, and i think i would’ve enjoyed it more if i read a physical copy. SO if you’re thinking about getting this book, buy the physical copy over the ebook!