Thursday, January 7, 2016

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Illuminae Files #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in October 2015

"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."  -- From Goodreads

Will you like it?
Fans of science fiction will love this book.  The book takes place in space, involves elements of artificial intelligence, and throws in elements of espionage.  I was also a huge fan of how the writers incorporated different documents- emails, schematics, military files, IMs, and more.  It made me a more engaged reader, because I was able to look at pencil drawings of the space ships and imagine the story easier.

News about the book:

  • Brad Pitt's production company and Warner Bros have teamed up to adapt Illuminae into a movie.  Fingers crossed that they make it half as good as the book!
Overall, I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction.  I'm also going to try to get the boyfriend to read it as well (he is super picky, but he loved the document style).

Disclosure: I borrowed a copy from my local library.

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