“He presses the triggers. And like roses in his hands, death blooms.”
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Published October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Link to Goodreads
Young Adult Science Fiction
Read on: 25 June 2016
My rating: ★★★★(.5)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
I haven’t read anything so complex. The whole concept of this book was so unique, terrifyingly unique. The way this book was crafted must have taken so much time and effort because WOW, everything about it was just phenomenal. The content was so different from the illustration, the files, the conversations, and everything else. It was narrated in a form of documented files, files where we discovered the dirty events of the world Illuminae surrounds in.
By any chance, if you guys are able to… buy the hardcover. (ISBN: 9780553499117) Illuminae’s hardcover format is just one of the most gorgeous covers ever. I salute the publishing company, the authors, the illustrators, for creating such a wonderful book. During the first 200 or so books, I used the audiobook. Which by the way, is another marvelous experience. It was my first audiobook experience and it didn’t disappoint. An average audiobook as far as I know has only one narrator. This had plenty. With different accents, sound effects, and such. I definitely recommend trying the audiobook as well!
The story started chaotic. The climax was explosive. The ending was mind-boggling.
It was a riveting experience. Infested with chaos, death, madness… this book was so fast and intense. Surely, it’s going to make you hold onto your seat. The twist. The goddamn twist that Illuminae did. I had to re-read it a bit before realizing. Like oh… oh. Damn.
My only problem with this book is how I adjusted with the formatting. Yes, it’s unique, but it’s confusing to get in to. At least that’s how I felt about it. It took me a bit of time to adjust to it. Sometimes, I also felt myself lost while reading… so that’s that.
Why hadn’t I read this sooner, I really don’t know why! BUT I’m looking forward to the second book, Gemina, which comes out on the 18th October. I suggest you guys to pick this one up right away, before the next book comes out!