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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Review: Illuminae

Illuminae Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Illuminae was a long and interesting sci fi book.

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.

This book was very long. It was way too long for my tastes. I don't like sci-fi enough to make it through 500 pages too often. This book started out really slowly. The first 300 pages were really slow, and confusing. After that, it got really fast paced, and good.

This book has two main characters, Kady and Ezra. I liked Kady a lot better than Ezra. She was awesome, tough, and determined. Ezra kind of seemed whiny and stuff.

There were many good things about this book, but also many bad. Here is a list of pros and cons.
Pros:
-ending fast paced
-great character building
-descriptive world

Cons:
-too long
-confusing plot
-AIDAN

Overall, this was a good book, but not one for me.


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