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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files) Paperback – April 25, 2017
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It certainly filled the Battlestar Galactica shaped hole in my heart Victoria Aveyard bestselling author of The Red Queen Read the New York Times bestselling blockbuster that critics are calling out of this world awesome The first in an epic sci fi series unlike anything else out there 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 Brace yourself because you re about to be immersed in a mindscape that you ll never want to leave Marie Lu author of the bestselling Legend series Prepare yourselves for Illuminae EW com You re not in for an ordinary novel experience Bustle com A truly interactive experience A fantastically fun ride MTV com Don t miss the rest of the series The Illuminae Files 02 GEMINA The Illuminae Files 03 title to be revealed It certainly filled the Battlestar Galactica shaped hole in my heart Victoria Aveyard bestselling author of The Red Queen Read the New York Times bestselling blockbuster that critics are calling out of this world awesome The first in an epic sci fi series unlike an
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Instead of narrative, this book is presented through transcripts of interviews describing events, email conversations, reports, graphic elements…it’s very odd. At first I found it intimidating, and wondered if I would be able to read a book in this manner, but after maybe 30 pages, you’re well into it.
Because of the format, it’s not truly like reading a 600-page book. The copy is very loose, since it mimics the format of the communication type instead of being running body text.
As for the story: Kady and Ezra have just broken up when their planet is attacked. As their ships attempt to escape from their long-term pursuers, Ezra is drafted into becoming a fighter pilot, and Kady becomes a hacker. They're trying to put together what is happening, why the artificial intelligence seems to have gone haywire, and a deadly disease is spreading among the survivors. Can two teens save them all, while getting their romance back on track?
You may be thinking, "This sounds like every sci-fi movie I've ever seen rolled together. Why should I read it in book form?" I promise, the story is really, really exciting the way it's told. Also, there are some twists and turns along the way. I went from "What IS this book?" to "Yep, get me the sequel, NOW!" once I had finished. Sequel will be an auto-buy, and can't come fast enough.
However, the characters are amazing - I love a strong, smart female main character and boy is Kady that! The plot is fun and action packed. Really if I could've just found a plain text version of this book, there wouldn't be much to not like.
The authors owe me big time for the loss of sleep I experienced due to the inability to put the book down. It was very fast paced and the characters made you love them.
The point at which I knew I was caught and not getting out was very early in the book somewhere between:
“... Ezra turned on the radio. For a second I thought he was looking for the right soundtrack or something….
[Ezra] I turned on the radio to maybe find us some getaway music” P8
“[Kady] I knew I wasn't going to make it anywhere without another truck. So I stole one from a Beitech crew.
Interviewer: I'm sorry, you what?
Kady Grant: I am frequently underestimated. I think it's because I'm short” p 15
Throughout the narrator provides us with comical levity to ease the tension of the serious situation Kady and Ezra are in.
“This girl has to be some kind of spider monkey. I don't know what those are, but I know what a spider is and I know what a monkey is, and if you found some unholy way to combine the two, that's what I'd be watching right now.” P85
And of course we have AIDAN… do we love it or do we hate it? To be completely honest, I still can't answer that bit there were moments when my heart cried for it:
“Before this moment, I have never wished to be something other than what I am. Never felt so keenly the lack of hands with which to touch, the lack of arms with which to hold. Why did they give me this sense of self? Why allow me the intellect by which to measure this complete inadequacy? I would rather be numb than stand here in the light of a sun that can never chase the chill away.” P417
“When the light that kisses the back of her eyes was birthed, her ancestors were not yet born. How many lives have ended in the time it took that light to reach her? How many people have loved only to have lost? How countless, the hopes that have died?” P571
I really hated AIDEN after the Copernicus incident but with lines like those, my heart started to melt. Perhaps the AI had the most character growth in the whole novel.
At the end of the book we are given the identity of the narrator and data compiler, the answer to the name Illuminae for the book, and part of the answer to Beitech’s attack on Kerenza. I've never been so satisfied at the end of the first book in a series. There was a great segue into the next installment but we were not left with a ridiculously absurd cliffhanger that left us screaming and pulling at our hair.
I'm trying to hold off reading the sequel for now because I know I'm just going to tear through it. The series ending doesn't publish until next year (yes, it's preordered) and I don't want to be left feeling desperate for closure.
I do have to say this to the publisher: Those black pages of AIDAN's data where his thoughts and Kady's speech are white and his reply to her is in a dark gray was hard to read at parts where it appeared the printer may have failed. I was not amused. It's cool looking for awhile, but it gets annoying. Stick to white pages with black ink or black with white. No gray.