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Book Review: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, The Illuminae files #1

★★★★★


So I've had my copy of Illuminae sitting on my shelf for the better part of a year, waiting to be read. Over the summer I read the first two books from the Aurora cycle series, and they were incredible! I love science fiction, and combined with YA and a hilarious narrative makes for some pretty entertaining reading. Illuminae was equally impressive.


Ok, so first off, these authors. I've never really read any dual-author books before, but I'm kind of loving it! I'm curious about how the whole writing process works - who contributes what? Do they write individual sections or collaborate on everything together? I've now read the Nevernight series by JK so have a feel for his writing style (witty and sarcastic, my favourite kind) so now I'd love to read a book where she is the sole author, although I don't think she's yet written one sadly.


I always love a book where the characters have a bit of sass about them, and Kady has it in spades. The sacrifice she makes to save everyone is incredible, I have no idea how someone could keep it together as the whole universe falls apart around them.


You can feel the tension gradually building to a breaking point throughout, and it kept me on edge the entire time. I loved reading the different the different reports and IMs as the story was pieced together piece by piece. Such a unique writing style, and at first I was sceptical of it - I didn't see how the authors would be able to get across the emotions and narratives of the characters properly, but oh boy was I wrong!

Read the summary below:


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 mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra — who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.


But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

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