Illuminae

 

 
Author:
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Genre:
Young Adult/Sci-Fi
Pages:
602
Format:
Hardcover
Rating:
 
 
   Description:

Kady and Ezra (who have just broken up) are thrown into a major situation: their home has been attacked and when they’re “rescued” things aren’t looking so great. They quickly learn they have to deal with an insane AI, a plague of some sort and their feelings for each other.

Review:

So here’s the file that almost killed me, Director.

This book was a roller coaster ride. It went from one end of the spectrum to the other, and I never knew what was coming next. The first line in this book really hooks you. Because you’re like, what? What? WHAT? I want to know more! (or at least, I did.)

I want to talk about the setup of this book first. It’s going to throw a lot of people off. It’s not blocks of text. It is all sorts of pieces pasted together: interview transcriptions, web pages, and so on. Then you have the AI system parts, chat logs, emails and so forth. It’s insane. Insanely well done. I was highly impressed with the setup. I found it quite easy to read, and sometimes the way it was formatted gave my eyes a break from words running together. The setup really was very creative. I don’t think I’ve seen a book done exactly like this before.

I really liked this book — it was so fast paced, so engaging, and it delivered. It made me want to keep flipping pages to read more. I am writing this review at 12:31am in the morning because I couldn’t wait to finish it. It was so addicting!

There’s not really a writing style so much, but there is a lot of humor in this. In bits and pieces and it worked, because the overall tone and situation of the book was so serious. It helped lighten it up a bit. Aside from the humor, it all flows so seamlessly together, you can’t really tell that there are two different authors writing it at all, and it works well.

The only (maybe just to me) slightly confusing point (I tend to zone out when there are a lot of numbers involved) was that there was some slight past inserted in present “chapters” and I got a tiny bit confused with those. But generally it wasn’t a problem.

As I said previously, both Kady and Ezra both have a sense of humor. Or maybe it’s less humor and more something else…anyways, they both have some very amusing lines in the whole thing, especially when they’re being interviewed.

All kittens and rainbows. Apart from the screaming and explosions.

There are also some rather beautiful lines in the book as well,

…he presses his triggers, and like roses in his hands death blooms.

I feel like we only just started to get to know Kady and Ezra, we’ve seen them in a dire situation, and I’m going to be very curious as to where their character growth will go from here.

Plot wise, I thought it was great. You’ve got a heck of a lot going on all at one time, and it may seem like it’s a lot at first, it’s really not. They’re all tied in together, and the end of the book is a HUGE SHOCK AND SO GOOD. The plot, the characters, everything was absolutely delightful.

This was an overall amazing read, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book! I want to know what happens next!

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