Suspenseful Fantasy | Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

illuminaeGoodreads Blurb: 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.

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.

My Musings:

This book turned out to be so much darker than I anticipated, and I loved it! I normally hate “found footage” type books but this really pulled through. Admittedly it did take me a while to get into this but once i did (especially once all the dark and scary stuff got started), I found myself very invested in the outcome of the plot.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the main character, I always find it hard to root for people who’s recklessness puts others in danger, but I can’t deny that she did manage to redeem herself. I just hope in future books she uses her head a little more!

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy

Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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