Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Release Date: October 20, 2015
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’m sure everyone else has featured ILLUMINAE already, but now it’s my turn! I am lucky, because I’m actually reading ILLUMINAE now, and it’s bloody fantastic. It’s good sci-fi, which — yay! I can count on one hand the good sci-fi I’ve read in YA.
I’d feature the whole series for my WoW pick if there were covers and summaries for the next books, because I am so excited about this whole series. ILLUMINAE is told/written so creatively, and I’ll admit, when buzz first started for the book, I was a bit worried it wouldn’t live up. You know, the hype monster and all that. But ILLUMINAE slays that hype.
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