Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20th 2015
Genres: Sci Fi, Young Adult
Reading Challenges: Library Love
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.
BRIEFING NOTE: 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.
I should have read this on my Kindle so I could have shared ALL of my notes. I will share a few of the pictures I took. At least for the pages that have absolutely NO spoilers!
If you haven’t read the synopsis, and you love this cover. The first freaking thing I have to say is GET THIS, READ THE BOOK, NOT the synopsis. Once again, I picked up a book without reading the synopsis, but it added so much tension! I read the synopsis afterwards and I know I would have read this with it as well, but I love that I had no idea what to expect.
First of all, once again I have to love our library. I haven’t gone to the library in something like six years because they didn’t have much of a selection and when we moved closer, we’re something like two blocks away now, I figured why not give them a try. I walked in and saw this beautiful baby. Again, didn’t read the synopsis, just grabbed and ran.
The first 60 or so pages were iffy. I went back and forth about whether or not I wanted to read but decided to stick with it. I heard the third was coming out, so okay, why not. I’m not a fan of Sci Fi on a normal basis, especially space Sci Fi, but the characterization was starting to get interesting! Also, the pages are amazing. I’m going to be able to show a few down below. They get very dark and I had no idea why, other than they are in space, but the words go every which way! Love, love, love it!
This page sort of has a spoiler, which you won’t technically understand, but that’s why I’m keeping the pic really small. See how crazy these pages are? It’s so freaking cool! The black pages like this one with the skull are from a journal. It allows a bit more information for Kady, which I thought was smart since most of this is done through interviews, emails, and communication with other people.
So, this page does have a spoiler also! If you don’t want any of this spoiled, although again, it won’t mean much to you, and also won’t matter if you read the synopsis, this is just one page. I love the fingerprints and splashes of blood. It was right about this time, page 112, when I knew I was going to be in for the full 599 pages! Also, this is classified as Sci Fi, but it’s getting horror/thriller ish right about here. When my heart starts to palpitate because I’m imagining what all can go wrong? Yeah, we have a winner!
Speaking of characterization. One reason I loved this book is because the characters nearly float off the page. They are so real I feel like I could touch them. I felt for all of the main characters, and even some of the minor ones like the soldier McNulty, who befriended and worked with Ezra Mason. Ezra and Kady have a lot to deal with, not only what is going on in their prospective ships, but also with their relationship. He writes to her multiple times, to no avail, but never gives up. They both live their lives and move on, sort of, but the idea that their home planet was invaded and many of their families died, it seems silly to fight.
Kady, being the talented hacker that she is, is also able to get around rules and regulations to talk to other people. She also has a mentor that is willing, and able to teach her to make her even more talented. The banter between the groups of friends helps to relieve some of the tension that they have building, and honestly it helped relieve some of my own tension! Around this point this was getting seriously twisted and I could only imagine what was going to happen.
As you can see by the picture, this is about half way through. Already the pages are darker and more interesting than the rest. Every single page has something different about it, whether it’s from the dossier and has a paper clipped note attached, or something as crazy as this, they all tell a story, in a very purposeful way. The further I got, the more I noticed the darker pages. They also help to add to the action in the story. The plot is already amazing, but then seeing these wiggly lines of text, it adds another dimension that helped to keep me interested, although the story was fine enough on its own!
At page 294 I cursed out loud. A string of curses that may have looked something like the above picture had the words become present. From 295 until the end of the book it is a roller coaster of a thrill ride. There are so many obstacles for these characters, so much for them to get through, just to survive. I kept telling my hubby that he needed to read this NOW. I bought the books purposefully so I could continue reading and so he can start. I was even tempted to get them on Audible since he enjoys listening more than reading. But, that would take away from all the lovely work that was done to these beautiful pages.
All of this to say I’m flabbergasted. I didn’t think I would love this story in the first 50 or so pages, but I stuck with it because it seemed like it had something else to give. The characters were interesting enough that I didn’t want to give up on their story. I wanted to know if they were going to get back together or if they were going to deal with something more sinister altogether.
I purchased all three books just so I could fly through this, and then go back and re-read it. I have so many books in my TBR but this story just could not wait!
|Overall:||5 / 5|
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