Illuminae | Book Review


3 star, book reviews / Monday, March 21st, 2016

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.

Who should read this:

  • If you like space travel and space ships.
  • If you don’t mind a disjointed narrative.
  • If you enjoy a good ‘ole conspiracy

Who shouldn’t read this:

  • If you don’t like gore.
  • If you don’t like disjointed narrative.
  • If you hate soppy messages.

I’m not sure what I think about Illuminae, and I don’t know whether that means it was a bad book for me or if it just didn’t make a lasting impression.

I didn’t particularly enjoy reading Illuminae, because if you aren’t aware it’s complied documents which is a pretty cool idea, however for me it stopped  me from connecting with the story and made it almost impossible to become immersed in the story. This is where my brain gets a bit weird, although I didn’t enjoy reading it at some points the suspense kept me completely gripped. Puzzle that one out.

Although the documents made it hard to immerse yourself in the story it gave you an all round look at the situation and all of those effected. I think the execution could have been slightly better, especially with words being cut off where the spine was.

If you’re looking for something different then this could be the book for you. It wasn’t a bad book, it just didn’t work for me. Probably because I didn’t like reading it.

If you think it might be for you then buy it here.

Have you read Illuminae? Did you enjoy the different styling of it all or was it too disjointed? Let me know in the comments.

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