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.

Quick Thoughts and Rating: A galaxy worth of stars (aka only the 5 that I’m allowed)! I came, I read, I conquer– the book conquered me. Okay, I get it! I get the hype, and yes I’m pissed that I didn’t take the urgings of friends to read this sooner. Original and entertaining, laced with humor and pulse-pounding suspense, Illuminae‘s thrilling storyline kept me engaged and flipping through the pages as fast as I could. 600+ pages felt like nothing the way I flew through them.

♥ Review: When I say this book is literally unlike anything that I’ve EVER read, I actually do literally mean that. Like, seriously. This book is wholly unique from cover to cover by way of plot, characters, storytelling, and the various (yet wholly magnificent) way the book is presented. You want outer space and cracked-out-mutating-virus zombies? Got that. Do you delight in fun characters, including the secondary cast, with snarky banter and wit? Boom, check. Desire an unfurling second-chance type of romance between two awesome teens? Got that, too. Coveting a thrilling plot arc with a suspense-worthy villain(s) and flail-worthy twists and turns? Oh yeah, those are there too. Does the thought of an AI system that’s a little damaged in that I-will-totally-go-psycho-on-you-but-only-because-I-care-too-much pique your interest? Good, because this book has that. You want laugh-out-loud humor and devastating heartbreak? Why yes, even those can be found between these pages as well. I freaking inhaled this book. I even woke up at 3:23AM with this book on my mind and raced to pick it back up. (Which is so unheard of! I don’t lose sleep, peeps. I go for marathon naps and overextended hours of slumber!)

Aside from what I’ve already given you, there’s not much else I can say because this book is definitely an experience, and one such adventure you should seek on your own without any previous knowledge to the colossal-sized legendary story you’re about to sink your teeth into when you crack open the pages. But even more than that, I don’t think I even have the words to capture the epicness that is Illuminae. Bone-chilling, heart-thudding, flail-inducing, fits of laughter-provoking, and a visual feast for you eyes, this book is not one to be missed out on.

♥ Teaser Quote: We may only get to learn about the history between Kady and Ezra through old memories, but we definitely get to experience them reconnecting through short 7-minute IM bursts that, to be honest, I lived for. It was filled with delicious banter, and I loved them. Their convos were probably one of my top favorite (among many favorite) things about this novel. This teaser is a non-spoilerish one (to me).

Mason, E, LT 2nd: Hey, you should thank her. I owe this manly physique almost entirely to her home cooking

Mason, E, LT 2nd: *flexes*

ByteMe: I was totally just in it for your manly physique, u know. I watched so many boring geeball games for that physique. And all before u even asked me out

Mason, E, LT 2nd: Boring? Ok NOW you’re hurting my feelings.

ByteMe: i’m flattering you, idiot.

Mason, E, LT 2nd: You know, you’ve REALLY gotta think of a better pet name for me than “idiot.”

Mason, E, LT 2nd: What about “sweetiepuff”

Mason, E, LT 2nd: “sugarpants”?

Mason, E, LT 2nd: NONO WAIT. “CUDDLEPIE”

ByteMe: I will hack the Alexander comms system and let them know you prefer to be known as Cuddlepie immediately, my love

Mason, E, LT 2nd: noooooooooooooooo

ByteMe: u look as good in your uniform as you did in your geeball gear? if not please lie.

Mason, E, LT 2nd: Well the pants are tighter, if that counts for anything

ByteMe: mmmmm go on

Mason, E, LT 2nd: u sure?

Mason, E, LT 2nd: We’d need waaaay more than seven minutes for that

ByteMe: Always took about 2 mins as I recall

Mason, E, LT 2nd: O_o 

ByteMe: Set yourself up for that one son.

Mason, E, LT 2nd: . . .

Mason, E, LT 2nd: Well played, madam.

Mason, E, LT 2nd: Well played indeed.

–quote taken from Illuminae, pgs. 193-194

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♥ Rec It? Absolutely! If you’re crazier than all hell and waited to read this book like I did, jump on it immediately. I think it’s worth every single bit of the hype and praise it’s already garnered. Now I’m off to read book two and I can’t even wait to see what new adventure these co-authors take us on next!

Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.

I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥

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