Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Book Description:
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.

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My Thoughts:
Illuminae was definitely something I’ve never experience before. First off, the book itself is gorgeous. Take that jacket off and seriously its a work of art inside and out. Hats off to the publisher.
But now on to my real thoughts… THIS BOOK WAS INCREDIBLE! When I finished it I remember sitting there thinking “this is freakin’ brilliant.” I will admit I was a little confused in the beginning and was like I don’t trust anyone cause I have no idea what’s going on but once I got into it I was all in. I love the two main characters Kady and Ezra. Kady, I found a little annoying but she’s a hacker( that’s pretty awesome) and Ezra is a cinnamon roll. Just kidding he’s not a cinnamon roll but he’s adorable, a little angry but still.
 Then there’s Torrence. This guy pisses me off. I mean shits going down I understand that Aidan going crazy and killing Corp is a tragedy but why wouldn’t you tell the Hypatia what you were dealing with? I mean they aren’t your enemy, Beitech and the Lincoln are your enemy dude seriously every order you give is going to shit. I just wanted to punch him the whole time.
Mind you these people are not having a good last few months. First beitech shooting up kedenza, everyone losing family and loved ones. Then they are trapped in space with an enemy ship hot on their trail. Nearest port for help is months away. Corp has to deal with a pathogen that’s turning everyone on board into crazy zombies. By the way, those reports scared the crap out of me.
And then there’s Aidan. Aidan REALLY scares the crap out of me. I kept on thinking about that Disney movie Smart House( do you remember?) how everything was all good at first then shit hits the fan. I mean sure it’s a Disney movie so nothing real bad happened but we can all see how some bad shit would’ve gone down.
Mind you this whole time I’m thinking I’m only half way through this book and the Lincoln has caught up. They have a solid plan but they have to turn on Aidan to do it and they might not be able to turn her off. I’m here like NOOOOO HELL NOOOO 🙅 are you kidding me?! I have mad anxiety at this point. Aidan wakes up and basically sees that everything has gone to shit since they’ve turned her off & believes Kady and Byron are the only two who are worth helping at this point to save everyone’s ass. Should’ve listened to Barker when he told you that Aidan is bat shit crazy but Torrence doesn’t wanna hear it. This guy is a moron. While we have Aidan over here and the way she’s talking I mean she’s completely psycho, like in the corner of a padded room rocking back and forth psycho. Can you tell I’m totally freaked out by Aiden yet? Yet I love her? Is she a her?

Ooookaaay Elissa, that was a little ranty. But honestly I really enjoyed this book. It definitely lived up to the hype that surrounds it. To say I’m impatiently waiting for book 2 Gemina is a HUGE understatement.
My rating: 5/5

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