Plot at a Glance:
Told through a dossier of military documents, stolen text message conversations and transcribed video events, Illuminae is a fast paced sci-fi thriller that will keep you up and demand you see the story through. When the mining colony of Kerenza VI is attacked in the year 2575, 17 year old Kady Grant and her (currently Ex) boyfriend must flee to the stars as refugees in the middle of an intergalactic war zone. As they are pursued across the universe by enemy ships while a horrifying biological contaminant makes its way across their ships Kady and Ezra are forced to dig for truths that some would prefer remain dead and buried.
I was quite literally rendered speechless by this book. Speechless to the point that this review is probably the most difficult one I’ve written thus far.
I cannot remember the last time that I was this engrossed in a story! I could not put this book down! Illuminae lays out its plot, exposition and dialogue in an original way that hooked me right from the start and kept me up at night way later than I should have been because I just had to get a few more pages in.
There are just so many positives about this book: The setting; the characters; the plot, it all worked for me.
With a narrative told entirely in epistolary format (through transcriptions, recordings, instant messaging conversations, etc.) it can be really easy to lose one or all of those things in the conversations. That didn’t happen here. Every. Single. Word. is used to establish a tense and atmospheric world as well as to center the characters within it.
When events start unfolding down the line it all makes sense in a way that feels like you should have seen it coming.
The characters are out of this world! There’s nothing worse than finding an otherwise great book proliferated with weak characters. Have no fear here folks, because our leading characters are vivid and full of life. I was rooting for them the entire way through and my feminist heart swells when I think of Kady Grant, one of my favorite female characters of all time
I cannot recommend this book enough! Please, even if you don’t like reading, go out and give this one a chance. It’s a super quick burn and you won’t regret it, or forget it any time soon.
I’ll definitely be revisiting this one a lot in the future.