Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Genre: Sci-Fi, YA
Format: Audio and Hardcover
Narrators: Olivia Taylor Dudley , Lincoln Hoppe , Johnathan McClain, full cast
Description (Source: Amazon):
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 a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.”
Wow. This book brought out my emotions more than any I have read in a while. One minute I was laughing at Kady’s sharp tongue, and the next I was crying at people’s last messages recorded and held in a ship’s black box (the box that is recovered after a plane, or in this case a spaceship, crashes). I’m not really much of a cryer while reading so the fact that this book made me cry three separate times speaks to how great this book was for me.
Illuminae caught my attention right off the bat, as the very first page made me LOL.
…though profanity remains censored as per your instruction. Sure, the story kicks off with the deaths of thousands of people, but god forbid there be cussing in it, right?”
I wanted to point out that the book grabbed my attention right away because I am someone who usually requires 2-5 chapters to start getting connected with a book and the characters.
I did something with this book that I have never done before: I got the audio from my library, but found that I started to get confused on the timeline of events so I bought a hard copy of the book to follow along with, and I loved it. The audio is amazing because there are 20, yes-TWENTY, voice actors! There are even sound effects as well! I think if you are only listening to the book you are missing out on an important aspect of the book though. The art and structure of the book is fantastic and entirely unique. I’ve already bought the second book (Gemina) in both audio and hard copy as well so I can follow along again.
The format of the book being files and dossiers makes it seem like a mystery unfolding before your eyes. I kind of felt like a detective who was reading a case file. There is a huge plot twist in the book (that caught me 100% by surprise, and I am usually pretty good at guessing any twists) so I can’t really say much about the plot. I can tell you that it has lots of action, a little bit of romance, a crazy AI (AIDAN, why do I kind of ship him and Kady?!🙊🙊), a kick ass heroine, and lots of tear jerker moments.
– If you have the chance, listen to the audiobook while following along with the physical copy. It’s so much better that way, IMO.
– As soon as I’m done with my ARC TBRs in April I am going to reread this book. After some of the plot twists I want to go back and see if I can find any clues.