Book Review- The Illuminae Files

The year is 2575, and two opposing huge corporations- BeiTech and hewshen– are at war over a tiny illegal planet.
Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire catapulting down on the them, exes Lady and Ezra- who are not talking to each other- have to fight their way onto the withdrawing fleet, with a warship wanting to kill them in pursuit.

But the warship is the least of their worries. A deadly and contagious virus has broken out and is transmuting fast, with very bad out comes. The fleets AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say anything about what is going on. As Kady hacks into the system of data to hopefully find some answers to her questions, it’s clear only one person can help her figure out what`s going on: the ex-boyfriend she valid she’d never speak to again.

The Illuminae files is a book that was co-written by the authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This book was published by Allen & Unwin in 2015, it does have (currently) one book that comes after this. But there is a third book in the series coming out soon.

The plot in this book is very twisted as it does come across family issues and how different people deal with loss. The plot itself has you thinking that you know what is going to happen in the end but it turns out that the unthinkable happens. Towards the end though there was a lot of tension building up waiting for something big to happen and it did happen but I think it could have been a little better or been elaborated on.

I can`t really compare this book to anything as it is sci-fi and I don’t normally read those types of book, as just really don`t interest me. But this book to me did indeed exceeds my expectations, as everything was well written.

Regarding the character development in this book, it blew me away as you really get to know how Kady feels thinks and acts.  In a way, she is relatable but then in some aspects she is not, what I mean by that is that Kady will do anything to find out the truth and save her loved ones. Even ricking her own life to save thousands. She is described to have pink hair and a hard exterior meaning she doesn’t show a lot of her feelings. The other main character is Ezra Mason her ex-boyfriend you do get to know about him but not his appearance. For example, we know that he played sports in school and that his dad works in the illegal mines and unimportant things like that but not what colour his hair is or what colour his eyes are. But I really didn’t mind as it allows you learn more about his emotions for Kady and the small things that make him who he is.

Going through the book and reading about her adventures it gives a refreshing story that you don’t read often. Yes, it does have romance and action but the way that the text is physically written is intriguing to read, if you haven’t heard its written in files, emails, texts and more text like that.

Overall the Illuminae Files is a terrific book and is very different from others, even though it did take me awhile to truly get into it. It is still really enjoyable to read. Definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to read something really different.

Rating- 4/5

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