I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Stars: See review below
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Illuminae is a fast-paced space survival/adventure story with so much potential to be a five star book. However, the e-ARC edition of this book is really lacking and I don’t think that I can properly review it. The graphics included are blurry and illegible and I feel like I missed out on a lot of the story. Since the edition I read seems incomplete, this review is only based on what I read.
Illuminae was really disappointing for me. I have heard so many good things about this book and I was so excited to start it! Unfortunately, on the Kindle, Illuminae is extremely difficult to read. There are beautiful graphics included in the book with bits of text that are important to the plot. The ebook version makes the graphics so blurry that you have to squint to read it, and even then, you can’t see that much. Considering a big part of this book is images, I feel like I missed out on a lot. What is a 608 page book according to Goodreads was only 215 pages as an ebook. Because of this, I don’t think I can give Illuminae a proper rating and review.
What is upsetting about the fact that Illuminae seemed to be missing so much of the story is that this book honestly has so much potential to be a five star book. It is so original, since it is told through various files and is so well developed. I was able to read this book in just one sitting because it is so fast-paced! This sci-fi space adventure could actually be one of my favourites of the year. I just wish the book was fully legible so that I could review it properly and fairly.
I definitely recommend that everyone pre-order this book, however, because what I was able to read is truly amazing and not to be missed. Fans of books like The Fifth Wave will really enjoy Illuminae because they have the same intense and awesome sci-fi elements. Just be sure to read the physical copy. 🙂