Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Book Review - Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


(The Illuminae Files #1)

Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction. 

Published: October 22 2015

Pages: 608 pages (Paperback) (Rock The Boat Publishing)

Read: November 2015

Rating: 5 Stars

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.

Book 48/60 - 2015 Goodreads Reading Challenge

What can I truly say about Illuminae? This book was one of my top anticipated releases for 2015 and I am proud to say that this book lived up to the unbelievably high amount of hype that surrounded it. I just fell in love....

Illuminae is a science fiction novel set in, for the most part, outer space. It is written as a dossier of documents revolving around a terrorist attack on Kerenza and what evolves from this is unbelievably addictive. 

I can just tell you now that I was hooked from the very first page. This book was just a constant go, go, go! There was literally not a single dull moment. I don't want to go into spoilers here so just believe me when I say a lot of shit went down, a lot of conspiracies, hiding, running, fighting. There was just so much going on.

The layout of this book I found absolutely fascinating! I loved the way it was written as a dossier which included video footage, interviews, emails, online chat forums, personal diaries and of course the mind of a robotic computer (that had to be one of my most favourite parts of this book). It was just so extremely well written and unique.

The characters were also amazing in this book. There were so many that I just fell in love with, that I just became addicted to. Kady, Ezra, AIDAN, even the side characters held their own... One thing that I find with a book that has such a fierce, addicting plot line is usually they lack in character quality but that was not the case with Illuminae. Oh god, no. You should have seen my tears, joy, betrayal, happiness, anger as I read this book. With all the twists and turns in this novel I was hooked from start to finish and was on such an emotional rollercoaster that it took so long to steady myself again. 

The only downside I have for this book is, why in damn hell did I read it so soon after it's release, like seriously I have to wait so damn long for the next book! Grrr... 
I have an idea of what will be happening in the next book and I just really hope that it lives up to its predecessor that was Illuminae. I have this awful fear that it won't and perhaps that Illuminae should have been left as a standalone but I am utterly excited beyond all reason for book two in The Illuminae Files because I absolutely loved what came out of the duo of Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  I haven't read anything from these authors before, so I cannot comment on their singular writing styles.

Oh yes! Something that cannot go without a mention here is that awesome cover. This book was raved about at BEA when hardcover arcs were released and I just gawped and instantly added it to my wishlist. Then it was released keeping the hardcover arc style, which was great. I bought this book in paperback though and I just love it so much too!! That beautiful orange colour and the fading writing *sigh* Literally, all that is on my mind is what will the second book's title and cover will be like?? This will be something I will be keeping a careful eye out for. 

Down to end now, who would I recommend this book for? Everyone. Of course, all the sci-fi lovers you must give this book a try but even for a beginner reader of sci-fi, read this! It will open you up to a completely unique and fascinating journey that you will in no way forget. After all, 'Am I not merciful?' 

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