Summary:One moment, Kady Grant and Ezra Mason have nothing bigger to worry about than each other. Specifically, avoiding each other in the wake of their messy break-up. In the next second, their entire world falls apart.
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.
Numbers do not feel.
Do not bleed or weep or hope.
They do not know bravery or sacrifice. Love or allegiance.
At the very apex of callousness, you will find only ones and zeros.
There aren’t really words adequate enough to describe exactly what reading Illuminae is like. It’s completely unique and original and like nothing I’ve ever read before. It’s the type of book that pushes the boundaries of YA science fiction as we know it, and I fell in love with it.
When Kady Grant’s planet is invaded, she manages to escape in an evacuating refugee fleet. But her rescue comes at a cost: there’s an enemy warship on target with her fleet, and a deathly virus mutating within the walls of the ship. And no one seems willing to tell the truth about what’s going on. Unraveling lie after lie, Kady realizes that there’s only one way to find out the truth: scouting out Ezra, the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never talk to again.
One of the things that makes Illuminae such an engrossing story is the way that it’s told. It’s not told in typical story format. Rather, it’s told entirely through interviews, emails, IMs and other hacked docments. I’ll admit I had my suspicions about the way this way of storytelling would turn out, but Kaufman and Kristoff pulled it off wonderfully. The unique way they told the story allows for much more humor, world-building and character development than if it was told as a regular narrative; and I loved it.
I am frequently underestimated. I think it’s because I’m short.
Kady Grant is one of the fiercest and bravest protagonists I have ever read about, and I fell in love with her almost immediately. Yet, at her core, she’s just your everyday teenage girl; insecure, cautious and sometimes vulnerable, and those aspects of her personality are mixed masterfully.
Illuminae is everything I wanted – and more. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff not only met my expectations, but exceeded them by lightyears. I cannot wait to see what they come up with next.
Am I not merciful?