Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Book Review ~ Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


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 2375 and one of the mega-corporations that control much of deep space has just fired the opening salvo in an intergalactic war, destroying Kady and Ezra's planet. Forced to flee on a small fleet of crippled rescue ships alongside thousands of other refugees, the fear of enemy warships chasing them down is at first all-consuming but soon becomes the least of their worries. A deadly plague is ravaging the refugees on the ships; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be an enemy; and High Command is refusing to acknowledge that there may be a serious problem. As Kady plunges into a tangled web of data in search of the truth, she realises that Ezra is possibly the only person who can help her save the refugees before it's too late.

Why have I been putting off reading this book for so long? This will have to be in my top five books I love of this year. No, take that back, of all time.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like this one. Not just because it is based in space (which I’ve only read a hand full), but the layout of this book.

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Not sure on how to describe it, it’s like this book is a folder full of documents, transcripts, on a series of events that happened in 2575.
I’m not going to lie, if it wasn’t for children and adult responsibilities, I would’ve devoured this in one sitting. I could not, or wanted, put this book down.

Kady had to be my favourite character through the entire book, you got to see her grow as a character. And she wasn’t your typical teenage heroine, it wasn’t 100% centred around her or her boy troubles.
We are introduced to so many characters, all fighting to survive.

I cannot recommend this book enough. You’ll be on the edge of your seat the whole ride, and when you finish, you’ll be asking for more.

My star rating for Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is: