Illuminae

Illuminae

Book - 2015
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One moment, Kady Grant and Ezra Mason have nothing bigger to worry about than each other. Specifically, avoiding each other in the wake of their messy break-up. In the next second, their entire world falls apart. The year is 2575 and one of the mega-corporations that control much of deep space has just fired the opening salvo in an intergalactic war, destroying Kady and Ezra's planet. Forced to flee on a small fleet of crippled rescue ships alongside thousands of other refugees, the fear of enemy warships chasing them down is at first all-consuming but soon becomes the least of their worries. A deadly plague is ravaging the refugees on the ships; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be an enemy; and High Command is refusing to acknowledge that there may be a serious problem. As Kady plunges into a tangled web of data in search of the truth, she realises that Ezra is possibly the only person who can help her save the refugees before it's too late.
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2015.
ISBN: 9781760113803
Branch Call Number: YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Characteristics: 599 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kristoff, Jay 1973-

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Kady and Ezra thought their break-up was messy until they witnessed their entire world literally falling apart. Now they're are piecing together what's left of their lives, and their romance, and trying to survive an intergalactic war.


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GCPL_Teen Jul 23, 2017

This book is awesome. I feel there aren't enough young adult sci-fi books out there, but let's all just be glad this one exists. Kaufman and Kristoff do something amazing with this book-- they tell a story as though one is reading a long file of an event that happened in space. If you flip quickly through the book, you'll see pictures, emails, reports of video clips, IMs, and some crazy pages that look like word-art. This is what makes the book so scary thick (pictures break up a lot of the text). But trust me, you'll read the whole thing in a few days, and be putting the second book Gemina (which in my honest opinion was even better than Illuminae) on hold. This is a great action book with a touch of romance, amazing characters, and great writing.

Plot wise, this book follows Kady and Ezra. When their planet is attacked, they run for their lives and end up finding refuge on a spaceship--at least for the time being. Their ship is being chased down by the crazy people who attacked their planet, and their only hope for survival is getting to a way-point before their attackers finish them off. And that's the EASY part of what they have to do, because things inevitably get worse and worse.

RDPL_Teens Jul 12, 2017

Great sci-fi YA read! Lots of plot twists and humor! Highly recommend it!

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Nepetasmeow
Jun 12, 2017

This book is hard to describe in words.
5 stars.

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Alirox02
Apr 26, 2017

Hello person reading the comments to see if they should read this.

You should.

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MeekTheGeek
Mar 18, 2017

I cannot rate this book highly enough. Beautiful in it's layout, aND awesome to read. Near perfect.

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agillette452
Jan 26, 2017

Long books tend to make me run away. This book would work for a reluctant reader though. Instant messaging, memos, and pictures keep the story moving at a rapid pace. Story is easy to follow also.

Storyline involves two large corporations. One has established at least one illegal settlement and mining operations. The second company decides to attack the settlement/mining operation in a hostile takeover. Two ships of survivors escape the attack with help from a military ship that hears their distress call. Survivors have to try to make it to safety in damaged ships, with one group of survivors infected by a fabricated pathogen, and a computer system that has stopped taking orders.

The body count is high with bloody descriptions that make this title most suitable for older teens and adults.

MsCourtney Jan 02, 2017

This book features a unique storyline told through hacked files from a spaceship. As the story is told through the correspondence of several characters and an AI, it can be unreliable. It is fast-paced as much of the story is direct messaging. The impending doom hanging over two runaway ships leaves the characters inside to show either their worst characteristics or their best.

KimberlyReads Dec 23, 2016

I couldn't put this one down. Fast, exciting and suspenseful science fiction.

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twhitehead24
Oct 28, 2016

It took a bit to get used to the format but once I did, reading was much easier. A good SCIFI/romance book for young adults. Kady’s day started off very poorly – she broke up with her boyfriend, Ezra, then her planet is destroyed. Kady, along with some others from her planet escape to spaceships. AIDEN, which reminded me of HAL in 2001 space odyssey (I tell my age here), goes haywire. Kady’s job is to take what she knows and get it to the proper authorities but the job is not an easy one. With a virus spreading on one spaceship, Kady risks herself to save thousands. Although the book is about 600 pages, it is not a difficult read as the authors use memorandums, e-mail messages, ship blueprints, interviews, and some paragraphs to tell the story. The sequel, Gemina, comes out in October, I am sure will be another interesting read.

CMLReads_Kristin Sep 22, 2016

Great format...fast paced...swoony romance...super tough, pink-haired, hacker heroine. Lots to love!

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Am i not merciful?

JCLChrisK Feb 05, 2016

Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.

JCLChrisK Feb 05, 2016

No neuroprogrammer is stupid enough to make a computer capable of conceptualizing deceit.

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