Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Part of being alive is having life change us. The people around us, the events we live through, all of them shape us.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she’d ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. 
But the warship could be the least of their problems. 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 biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra. 
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.

5/5 stars


The year is 2575, and the day after 17-year-old Kady Grant breaks up with her boyfriend, Ezra Mason, BeiTech Industries attacks their planet. BeiTech Industries is a corporation that wants the planet’s secret mining organization for its own.

BeiTech launches ordinance and chemical warfare on the planet’s inhabitants. Several thousand, including Kady, her mother and Ezra are evacuated to three waiting spaceships: Alexander, Hypatia and Copernicus. Hypatia and Copernicus are civilian transports and not capable of battle, leaving only the Alexander to stave off any attacks by BeiTech’s warship, Lincoln.

The three refugee ships have sent out distress calls, which have not been answered, and they are trying to make their way through space to get to Heimdall, a jump station.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

The Illuminae Files are not your usual type of book. The format consists of hacked e-mails, messages, medical reports, diary entries, schematics, dossier files and descriptions of the security footage on the space ships where the action takes place. All of this makes up for an entirely different reading experience. It makes the book so fast paced and truly addictive. I absolutely loved this format. It kept me hooked from the very beginning.

While this tale is a galactic adventure, the story is about so many things. It’s about love, bravery, curiosity, truths, secrets, war and decisions that change the course for thousands. It constantly surprises us with its twists and turns making it impossible to put down.

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