Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
(Melinda’s review of Illuminae. Drunk girl was harsh.)
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.
Synopsis from Goodreads
What I drank prior: Bowling end-of-year after game – I’ve had an indefinite amount of vodkas sodas and a bunch of fireball…
Spoiler-free Overview: Evil tech company attacks hidden planet. Some hidden planet people escape, though not before experiencing lasting damage that comes back to bite everyone in the ass. AND THEN somehow even crazier shit happens when AI does AI things.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: This book was good. I really liked some elements of it but though others were a bit underwhelming for me. I mean realistically there was a chosen one theme throughout and I was a bit annoyed about it. The romantic relation that this is more or less based on — I just couldn’t get on board.
Characters: katydid was kinda the worst guys (Editor’s Note: HOW DARE?). I mean I can’t relate exactly but I just don’t get how she can be so freaking lame. The. We have Miles. I get why people ship him, but uh no. He’s literally like a paper character of what (I guess) teen women are supposed to like. Made all the more obvi by **RTOTAL SPOILERS**. I was kinda rooting for Aiden.
Plot: I honestly didn’t love how it ended up necess, but I loved how the plot proceeded? It made total sense and I loved how the twist played into the plot near the end.
World Building: This world was pretty amaze. I thought the secret planet was as built out as it needed to be, and the world itself – as fucked as it is – is very thought out. #props
Writing Style: I get why this is so conforverbatial. But I loved the wiriting style and the different methods of getting the necessary info—through reports, eye-to-nougbreportubg, etc
—SPOILERS Don’t read! Or do, live your life—
What I hated: unpop opentipn but I thought their love story was totally juvenile. Also I fucking hated all the “u” bs… no one but old people use that anymore.
What I disliked: I think it’s always though in a story to not have all the info and this is one of those that I kinda struggled through because of it.
What I liked: #itsme but I loved the world building and was totally here for it, I didn’t see any specific plot holes besides teenage stupidity so I was pretty happy.
What I loved: I honestly loved AIDEN. I adore complicated characters and I think z/he was complicated/relatable to all f them.
What to pair it with: Somrthing cray like tequila and raspberry
Rating: 3/5 shots