Ahoy there me mateys!
illuminae (Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff)
I couldn’t sleep so I starting reading this in my bunk at 8 Bells (4:00 a.m. for you landlubbers) until I felt tired enough to go back and catch a little bit more shut eye until I had to be on deck.
So this novel was recommended by several of my fellow bloggers as one of the best books of 2015. I am sadly going to have to disagree. Now don’t get me wrong, the book certainly had its fun moments. I certainly enjoyed the character of Kady Grant. As usual a smart intelligent feisty girl – who happens to be a kickass hacker. Ezra, her love interest, not so much. I couldn’t help it. He was just too immature sounding for me and really seemingly had little to do with the plot overall. While their relationship is sweet in parts, I have to admit that overall they just seemed not to work for each other. As a side note the AI in the book is crazy and fun.
The interesting part of the book is that it is full of illustrations and “hacked” documents like interviews, computer logs and other quirky things in odd formatting to make things more interesting. Too bad that I read it on my kindle because I was in my bunk in the dark. I had a hard time seeing the details in my digital copy because I couldn’t enlarge the illustrations. I suggest if you read a copy, get one in paper format. My favorite illustration showed what happened to Kady in the airlock. For the formatting, layouts, and illustrations this book is worth a read.
However, be forewarned that the plot in parts is slow. This book is also the first in a series. While I enjoyed the ending of the novel overall, I have to admit that I have no urge to read additional books in the series. While it is not a best book of 2015 for me, it was an enjoyable way to spend the wee hours of the morning. But give it a shot . . . it might just work perfectly for you.
The authors’ websites have this to say about the novel:
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 one of the 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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