Book 1 of The Illuminae Files
Written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Young Adult, Science Fiction
A few hours after Kady Grant breaks up with her boyfriend Ezra Mason, their colony is attacked by an enormous ship. Missiles blasting the ground and buildings, cracking the ground open from the impact. Fleeing for their lives, they manage to escape on separate evacuation shuttles, ending up on different spaceships within the same fleet. This Stellarcorp War initiated by Beitech Industries has prompted wartime conscription. Ezra is recruited to become a pilot, while Kady purposefully fails the exams so she isn’t chosen for a job – enabling her to use her savvy computer skills and hack into sensitive info with the help of a mentor. There is an enormous warship chasing their fleet as they attempt to make it to safety. The fleet’s AI – Aidan – was injured during the attack, causing it to malfunction and turn against them. Aidan decides to blow up one of the ships in their fleet because it figured out there was a mutated pathogen on board causing people to become zombie-like maniacs. I don’t want to say anything more in fear that I’ll spoil the plot – but will simply say this is a FAST-PACED, thrilling story. I didn’t want to put it down.
AIDAN is definitely my favorite character. I love it when an unlikable character manages to somehow become likeable, even when they are being an arsehole.
With over 53,000 ratings on Goodreads and an average rating of 4.31 Illuminae is one to put on your TBR. You might find it hard to get into for the first 100-150 pages, but stick with it. Trust me, it’s so worth it!