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.
DNF at 30%
This book is written in epistolary format, and it has the honor of being the most annoying book I’ve read this year. Some people love that stuff. I ain’t one of them. I love space shit. Firefly. Star Wars (yes, EVEN THE NEWER ONES). Star Trek (I loved Enterprise and I don’t care who knows it). This book was just terrible and terribly formatted.
The first few chapters are entirely interviews. It was annoying as shit. It didn’t endear me to the main characters, and it explain nothing. Interviews are nigh on useless for building a memorable introduction, unless it is in the hands of an extremely skilled writer. Not the case here.
So right off we have an annoying girl who’s thinking about her ex bf when the invasion occurred (huh?). I have no idea where we are. I have no idea what year it is. I don’t know what a Kerenza whatever is.
Interviewer: Wait, you people had a subway system? I thought this settlement was illegal?
Ezra Mason: Chum, the Kerenza mine operated undetected for twenty years. Whole families lived there. You know how far from the Core we are, right?
WHAT. THE. FUCK. IS. GOING. ON?
Bad start. And it didn’t get much better. After what seems like 10000000 pages of interviews, all of a sudden we’re at war (still no idea where we are, what year it is, how we got here, etc.) and then young people are getting conscripted for the military.
Anyone showing C-grade ability or better is to be conscripted the day they hit eighteen. We need pilots. We need gunners. We need spanner monkeys and chipheads. And we need them now.
This is an unprecedented situation—to my knowledge, no stellarcorp has ever openly attacked a United Terran Authority ship. I don’t care if BeiTech Industries’ litigation department has enough red tape to gift-wrap a small moon. These corporations need to learn nobody is above the law and nobody attacks a UTA vessel without consequences.
There are battle ships and specs of battle ships.
Do I give a fuck? No, I don’t. There are cool pictures. There are snippets of things I couldn’t give two shits about. What I want is a sensible story, and I didn’t get that here. I got a headache instead.
By 30%, I still have no idea what the fuck is going on. I concede, my brain prefers structure. If you’re into this stuff, good for you. It’s just not for me.