Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufma & Jay Kristoff
“The universe owes you nothing, Kady. It has already given you everything, after all. It was here long before you, and it will go on long after you. The only way it will remember you is if you do something worthy of remembrance.”
Illuminae is probably the most unique book I’ve ever read. The format is unlike anything I’ve seen before. Pretty much the entire book takes place via interviews, email conversations, surveillance footage, medical reports and military documents.
The year is 2575 and people are inhabiting the far reaches of the universe. Two mega-corporations are at war with each other and thousands of civilians are caught in the line of fire. Kady and Ezra are forced to evacuate their home onto different ships to avoid further enemy attack. All the while, a devastating plague has been released with deadly results. Illuminae is the first book in what looks to be a very interesting and unique trilogy.
I picked this book up solely on a recommendation of my cousin, David. I don’t normally read sic-fi at all and it’s definitely not one of my favorite genres, but this book is good! The story line is great, main characters are awesome (kick ass female heroine), and again….the format is just too cool!
This is definitely a book that is best read in hard copy as opposed to an ebook, in my opinion. I love my Kindle and enjoy reading on it equally as much as I do a hard copy of a book. However, in this case, I feel like you might lose some of the uniqueness for this particular book on an e-reader.
Don’t let the size of the book (599 pages) deter you from picking it up. It’s a faster read than it seems like it will be. Most of the pages aren’t completely full of text and you’ll find yourself moving through it quickly. If you decide to give it a try, be patient…the unique format took me a bit to get used to, but once I did…I quite enjoyed it.
My Rating 4.5/5 Stars