Thursday 9 January 2020

Illuminae: The Illuminae Files_01 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I enjoy a good science fiction novel, so when my friend, Alfred, recommended Illuminae, I read it.

Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she'd ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. 

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents--including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more--Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

I cut out much if the description above as I felt it gave away too much of the story, which, by the way, is fabulous.

This is a fast exciting tale which is told in a very different manner., or as the writers say in the 'Acknowledgements" this oh-o strange bookthing. The story is pieced together through reports, transcribed conversations and some excellently done graphics. The only time it feels like there is descriptive action in the plot, is when an analyst transcribes what he sees through surveillance cameras.

Even though it is a thick book, a 599 page read, the font and the way the book is put together, makes this, actually, a fast read. It was also a fast read as it was a hard book to put down, between the action and all the twists, turns and surprises.

This is a three book series by Australian sci-fi writers Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Yes, I'm hooked and looking forward to getting into the next book, Gemina, real soon.

Thanks Alfred.

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