Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Rating – 3/5

“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.”

I’d heard wonderful things about this book so I picked it up without knowing too much about it. I have never read Sci-Fi before but I thought I would give it a go anyway.

The story is written in really unique formats such as reports, text/email conversations, images etc and I’d heard that this format made the book a really quick read despite it spanning 600 pages. Unfortunately, I found the format quite difficult to read as I was conscious of noting every single detail on the page so that I didn’t miss anything which made this book a rather slow read for me.

I didn’t really like any of the characters, perhaps because of the format or perhaps due to the story being rather difficult to follow. I don’t think I understand the story at all until I finished the book and even now I don’t fully understand what I have read. This may be down to the genre being something I am not used to.

I am going to continue with this series as I already own the sequel but I unfortunately do not love this book as much as everyone else appears to.

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