The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice covered speck. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their troubles are just beginning. A deadly plague has broken out on one of the space ships and it is mutating with terrifying results. Their ships protection is seriously flawed. No one will say what is going on.
As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth its clear only one person can help her. Ezra. And the only problem with that is they split up before all this trouble started and she isn’t supposed to be talking to him.
~A proof was sent to me in exchange for an honest review this in no way changes my opinion~
I give it - 5/5
My review - Have you ever just read a book and fell instantly in love with it? That's what happened to me with Illuminae!
It is so different from anything I have everything read before!
When I first got the proof copy, I was amazed by how big it was, over 600 pages! But don't be scared of it being a big book as it mainly filled with transcripts of interviews, email conversations, reports, events etc and it really brought the book together. It really made it unique.
I have never read anything from Amie and Jay before but I think they worked really well in writing this book together!
In this story we follow Kady and Ezra who just broke up when the planet is attacked, bad timing eh? Kady becomes a hacker and Ezra is becoming a fighter pilot. But a lot more is going on then they expect. They try to figure out what is happening, why a deadly disease is spreading and why the artificial intelligence has gone haywire, all whilst trying to get their romance back on track. These teens have a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it.
This is one of the best Sci-Fi books I have ever read! I loved every second of it, even all the twist, and I really want the sequel now, I don't think I can wait for it to come out.
Hands down, one of the best Sci-Fi books of 2015.
About the authors
Jay Kristoff is a tragic nerd, but has spent the last ten years dumping expeez into his Intimidation stat, with the result that nobody is brave enough to say it to his face. He grew up in the second most isolated capital city on earth and fled at his earliest convenience, although he’s been known to trek back for weddings of the particularly nice and funerals of the particularly wealthy. He spent most of his formative years locked in his bedroom with piles of books, or gathered around dimly-lit tables rolling polyhedral dice. Being the holder of an Arts degree, he has no education to speak of.
His first trilogy, THE LOTUS WAR, is set to be published in over a dozen countries. The first installment, STORMDANCER, was critically acclaimed in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, shortlisted for the Aurealis Award, and nominated for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards. The Lotus War novella THE LAST STORMDANCER won the 2014 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Fiction. Jay’s new series, the SciFi thriller ILLUMINAE, which he co-authored with Amie Kaufman, is due for publication by Random House in October 2015. A new fantasy series, THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, commences with book 1, NEVERNIGHT, from St Martins Press/Thomas Dunne Books in 2016. He is as surprised about all this as you are.
Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13380 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.
He does not believe in happy endings.
Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.
She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library.