Book Reviews

Illuminae

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My husband always blesses me with many gift in many forms for every holiday and Christmas is no exception. I am a lucky gal. One of the biggest surprises this year was when I opened a gift from him to discover that it was a book! I love books but usually he is too scared to pick one out for me because he knows I won’t read just anything; but I am so glad he got past this fear this year for me.

He selected the Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This book is not just an adventure for the imagination but also a physical masterpiece. A collection of files and IM’s and etc; and some pretty spectacular artwork made by words. Very impressive. Sometimes books like these are all about being post modern and lack a good story but that is not the case with this book. I finished this book yesterday and I anxiously await the next book in what I believe is a trilogy. Hubby did good.

About the book:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do today. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations 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, exes Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But the warship is the least of their problems. A deadly virus 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 the **** is 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.

Briefing Note:

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.

My favorite quotes:

“The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny.” P. ?

“Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.” P. 302

“But I see what it truly is. The draft Juliet sought at Romeo’s lips. Madness and poison, carved in endless scrawls of ones and zeros. A binary of insanity.”P. ?

“I wonder if she is the kind to dream of happy endings and never risk tragedy. The kind to close her eyes and hope, rather than force them open and see the truth, wonderful or terrible as it is.” P. 377

“The remnants of stellar alchemy, stirring into life, then consciousness. Crawling from the oceans. Taking to the skies. And from there, back to the stars that birthed them. A perfect circle.” P. 574

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