What an incredible ride of a novel this is. The first in a trilogy, Illuminae tells the story of two young adults, Kady Grant and Ezra Mason, who are stationed on separate spaceships. Former lovers, they communicate through a messenger service to gather intel about what’s going on. I forgot to mention what’s going on! Their planet Kerenza was attacked by an enemy and they’re forced onto spaceships to try to flee to safety. It’s not as easy-peasy as that, though. Their ships are being targeted by an enemy fleet named the Lincoln, and there is a virus called ravaging one of the ships. Kady and Ezra must take matters into their own hands to try to survive the horrific circumstances they’re forced into.
I love the format of this novel. Illuminae is structured in a unique way, by delivering the story via e-mails, dossier files, instant messages, and even in innovative artwork. The story itself is compelling enough to keep you reading, though. I was constantly glued to this book, furiously flipping pages to try to figure out what was going to happen to the citizens living on the ships. The story may be predictable at points, but it’s an adrenaline rush that demands to be read.
This is a thrilling science-fiction novel that is perfect for both adults and the YA market the book is targeted toward. You don’t have to be a sci-fi aficionado to appreciate Illuminae, and the unique structure of this book helps elevate the story.
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