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.
It’s hard to describe Illuminae to other people because it’s a book that stretches across many genres. The story starts out stressful and stays that way throughout the entire book. I cried six times, gasped 20, and said “no no no no no” probably two or three times. I picked it up and did not put it down until I was done, and then I spent the entire next day ranting about it. It’s a space opera, evil robot story (sort of), contagion story (sort of), hacker story, and even YA romance all in one thick book.
I loved the creative formatting. I never felt bored by what I was reading and in face, some pages I read a few times just to make sure I got it right. The format allowed for some chilling and impactful moments. It's also an absolute beauty to look at.
This book is violent, a little scary, loud, and absolutely packed with action. Fans of Orson Scott Card, Ernest Cline, Isaac Asimov, and Ursula K. LeGuin will love this story.