I have been on one hell of a science fiction binge lately and it all started with Illuminae.
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers on October 20, 2015
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, Space, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: BookExpo America
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 megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.
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’ve actually had an ARC of Illuminae sitting around since BookExpo America 2015. I just never read it. I think I was intimidated by two things:
- The length
- The format
The book is GINORMOUS and the format is certainly unique. The story is told through documents, chat logs, and surveillance footage rather than a traditional storytelling. I thought it could be hit or miss.
But as it turns out? MAJOR HIT!
- Space travel
- Evil corporations
- Artificial intelligence
God it was amazing!
Oh and about the length? It reads soooo fast. I think the format makes the book look longer than it actually is. There are a lot of illustrations and the text doesn’t always quite fill the whole page (since there are transcripts, chat logs with an illustrated interface, etc.). It only took me two days to read.
Commence sci-fi / space book binge
After Illuminae I was desperate for more sci-fi. I wanted more space travel, more artificial intelligence, more more more!
Defy the Stars
First I hit up Defy the Stars, which I got from NetGalley. This book was INCREDIBLE! It totally blew me away and it was a perfect book to read after Illuminae. They actually had a lot in common, but were still very different books.
I have a full review of Defy the Stars coming at the end of the month.
Starflight & Starfall
Then I tackled a series I’d had my eye on for a while: Starflight by Melissa Landers. Starflight was pretty fun and I gave it four stars. I didn’t quite like Starfall as much (3½ stars), but it was still worth reading.
Then my copy of Gemina finally arrived in the mail! It was a tad formulaic because it was soo similar to the first book (kind of like The Hunger Games and Catching Fire), but I still really enjoyed it. Some crazy mind blowing shit happened at the end! O_O