Title: Illuminae – The Illuminae Files_01
Author/s: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books
I’ve never really had much of an opinion about Science Fiction because I haven’t read enough of the genre. There had been quite a buzz about the book on BookTube, so when the bright cover caught my eye at Exclusive Books I couldn’t resist reading the blurb, which of course lead to me to paging through the book and getting excited by the unique format. So I bought the book and immediately started reading and absolutely loved it.
If you have not read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, here are all the reasons why you should:
Coolest format ever
This book is basically written as a giant folder of documents. There are emails, web chats, official reports, notes and summaries of video footage and sound bites, diary entries, computer and system logs, there is even a list of all the people that have died. Reading a novel in this format is such a unique experience and it only heightens the intensity of the plot.
I loved the characters. I love the fact that Kady was a kick-ass hacker. I loved the fact that she wasn’t physically the most powerful and yet she still manages to do insane damage.
I particularly enjoyed the email and IM exchanges between Kady and Ezra. For some reason it felt familiar and even though the two of them tease and argue with each other a lot, I couldn’t help but hope that they would get out of this crazy mess together.
And Ezra says the cutest things! The novel was basically the love child of 10 Things I Hate About You and some EPIC space opera.
Zombies in Space
Space zombies. Whaaaaat?
The ship’s AI system is basically INSANE and has a major God complex.
“Am I not merciful?”
That damn line gives me shivers down my spine.
Suspense and Plot Twist
The pacing of the book is done so well. You are always in suspense which makes it extremely difficult to put the book down. And the plot twist… Let’s just say when it all finally starts making sense it will blow your mind.
This was seriously one of my favourite books of 2015. Be warned, there will be many WTF moments and you might just find yourself shedding a tear or two.