Illuminae – Published 2015
“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.
BRIEFING NOTE: 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.” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
This book is like 600 pages, but it’s actually a fast read because it’s made up of so many different types of writing. It has documents, instant messages, emails, interviews, and more. I’ve never read anything like it. I haven’t been super into sci-fi lately, but this was one I could really get into.
For a good portion of the first half I had no idea what was going on, but I knew I cared and was invested in the two main characters. I still don’t know if I actually know who was an enemy and who was an ally or which computer systems are good and which are bad, but I know that the last couple hundred pages kept me up all night with my heart racing and I know I have legitimate concern for the characters’ well being.
The underlying love story. The two main characters are literally fighting for their lives but still are trying to communicate and reconcile. It’s really, really, cute.
The ending. Holy cannoli.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
Heads up that it is a little tricky to read on an e-reader because some of the pictures have words in them and the font is too small on the screen.