Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #3
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary from Book One: “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.
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.” -From Goodreads
Review: Right off the bat, I just want to say I enjoyed reading this book and happy with how it ended. Though still had like two problems with it.
I love the format the story gets told in. It’s the same as it was in previous books, which makes it in a way a fast read. The descriptions of the battles, the dialogue, and the drawings all brought this book to life. Which brings up my first problem being that it went by too fast. While the first two book did have that feel of happening fast, this third book felt faster than the other two. I wish that it kept the same pace as it did in the first two books since we are getting to meet new characters and seeing a new setting.
The writing was fantastic. Both Amie and Jay still do an amazing job with writing together and making their writing voices the same.
The characters, of course, were interesting and grew a bit more. The actions that some characters took made want to keep turning the page to see what the effect it could have. I still loved Kady, Ezra, Hanna, Nik, Aiden, and all of the other characters. That also includes Asha and Rhys, the two new characters we meet in this book. Now, this brings up problem number two, that being I felt I didn’t have enough time to get to know both Asha, Rhys, and some of the other characters. It seemed like we focused more on the other characters and not the new ones so that we could know them, as well as care about them. I understand why we focused more on Kady and the group, but I would have liked to have more time with these new characters.
I really did enjoy this book and would still recommend this series to people. I just think that if it was longer, then it would have helped with the problems I had with this book. If you enjoyed the first two books, then go read this book.
Have fun reading!