Author: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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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.
The universe owes you nothing, Kady. It has already given you everything, after all. It was here long before you, and it will go on long after you. The only way it will remember you is to do something worth remembrance.
|This book in two words.|
Yup. Sums it up pretty perfectly. I don't think I can even describe how badly I want to just recommend this book to every single human on the planet. The experience of reading this is truly something I feel I can't sum up into words. This isn't a fun, light-hearted read though, it's very dark and, at times, completely fucking depressing. It involves characters stuck about space crafts, whilst a virus is infecting and killing passengers, making them crazy and do things you don't even want to imagine. This is definitely a dark and disturbing read, but I kind of love that about it, which probably says far too much about me as a person!
Miracles are statistical improbabilities. And fate is an illusion humanity uses to comfort itself in the dark. There are no absolutes in life, save death.
|Basically me reading this book!|
One of the best things about this book is ALL THE HUMOUR!!!!!! This book actually had me in stitches from the very first page with this little bit of perfection:
Sure, the story kicks off with the death of thousands of people, but god forbid there be cussing in it, right?Thank you!!! I couldn't stop laughing at that because it is just so true. It's like publishers are more than happy to publish a book that has children killing children in it, but freak out at the slightest mention of the word fuck. I mean, seriously, have they met any teenagers - I work with them and the majority of them say a lot worse. It's just weird to me, it's like they're saying swearing is worse than murder. The humour continues throughout the book, even during the really dark times and I love that about it.
Now time to talk characters!
- Kady: At the start of this book, she has literally just broke up with her boyfriend when her settlement is attacked. She then has to escape with him.... #awkward has never felt more appropriate! Now I am rather fond of Kady. She's short - huzzah! As a fellow short person, I applaud this and am very excited. We need many more short main characters - who then don't proceed to get an actress cast in the movie adaptations who is anything but (*cough* Tris *cough*). She's also smart, super smart. She's computer hacker smart and I bow down at her superior knowledge of technology. She's fierce, daring, strong and so bloody resilient. Plus, she's funny. And loyal. And I love her.
I am frequently underestimated. I think it's because I'm short.
- Ezra: He's a little darling! I have such fond feelings for Ezra. He's also very brave and strong. And he is so in love with Kady that it is just utterly adorable.
- AIDAN: AIDAN is a computer, an AI who I was both in love with, and afraid of, He's one funny computer, whilst also being a tad psychotic. Although, it's not even that he is mental. He makes his decisions based on carefully calulations, the weighing up of options. He won't make a decision based off of feelings.
AM I NOT MERCIFUL?
This is a fantastic story and I am just a little obsessed! It was gripping, tense and a book I couldn't put down. I am beyond desperate for the sequel and will be counting down the days.