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.
I get woed by the strangest things. Not always by the most hyped books! As a matter of fact, I tried book 1 of 3 different hyped series last week that I DNF'd and not even noted on GR. Therefore, I was not exactly thrilled to start Illuminae when it became available on Overdrive. I had put it on hold many weeks ago.
To my surprise, Illuminae was amazing. I started with the audioversion, but then got my hands on the book midway as well. The format for the transcripts, memo's and excerts where such a neat idea and made it very, very interesting. Almost addicting! But the audio version was even more amazing. With soundeffects and many narraters, it was as if you were at the movies with your eyes closed. What a production! Very, well done!
Since I am coming in after so many reviews, it's senseless for me to describe the plot. It contains a bit of sci-fi, romance, heroism, loss and humor. Just a smidget of everthing. I went into it completely blind. I did not read the blurb at all...but it had me at "Hello"!
If you have hesitated like me....thought it was maybe too YA, or too hyped ect. I'd suggest, try the audio version and tell me what you think. You might be just as blown away after griping and judging the book by it's cover sort of speak like I did!