Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Summary: 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.
This was probably one of the most hyped up books of 2015, everyone who read it seemed to love it, I don't think I saw one bad review of it... for quite a while there, I was thinking I was going to be in the extreme minority in disagreeing with the overwhelming wave of positive opinions. But, in the end, I did love it. Really, really loved it.

It literally took me three months to get through the first 200 pages of the book. It wasn't even that it was bad, it just wasn't holding my interest and could be quite boring at times. I was so tempted to just give up and add it to the DNF pile, but because of all the praise it had gotten I stuck with it...and I'm so glad I did because when it hooked me, it really, totally, completely hooked me.

I liked the originality of the way it was written, although only Kady and Aidan ever felt like distinctive characters...the rest kind of blended together and it was hard to get a sense of who they were but that didn't bother me too much.

The plot (although it was a slow starter) was entertaining and addictive, it was a nice mix of funny and heartbreaking and I loved that it's one of those stories where the female character gets to be the bad ass who saves the day. If you threw the TV shows Firefly and The Sarah Connor Chronicles in a blender, you'd probably get something a lot like this -- it reminded me of those shows in some ways (good ways).

Anyway, I'd rate the book 4.5 stars out of 5. It was totally worth the months of frustration while I had to drag my way through the first third of the book because the latter part more than made up for it.


1 comment:

  1. I'm in the middle of reading this one right now, and I'm not a huge fan, but I've read a couple reviews that say it gets better around page 200 and that's about where I am. Fingers crossed!



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