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Caught in the crossfire of a megacorporation rivalry in 2575, Kady and Ezra, who have just broken up, flee their home planet on an evacuation ship that is quickly overwhelmed by a fast-spreading plague.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553499148
Call Number: TEEN F KAUF
Characteristics: 599 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Kristoff, Jay


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Caught in the crossfire of a megacorporation rivalry in 2575, Kady and Ezra, who have just broken up, flee their home planet on an evacuation ship that is quickly overwhelmed by a fast-spreading plague.

an untraditional space odyssey in your untraditional book format

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Jan 29, 2021

Words can't describe how absolutely AMAZING this book is. I mean, slightly murderous AI, a zombie-like plague, an interstellar war? Yes, please! Also, book is good is because it managed to make me emotional. Books almost NEVER make me emotional. The part with Jimmy... *sobs*. But overall, amazing book, would recommend 100000/10.

LoganLib_Sheridan Jan 11, 2021

Okay, so re-reading THIS book during rona hits just a 'little' different. Like I am really less judgmental of their caution and a lot more judgmental about their carelessness. I am also thanking God that I am not in an enclosed spaceship with too many people and re-circulating air... or America (Sorry but it had to be said!)

lgmosher Dec 17, 2020

Officially the COOLEST way I think I have ever read a book.

I felt like I was some important galactic military jockey who got to sit down and rifle through this classified file.

This was the sort of book that literally once I started I couldn't close it till I was finished.

With that being said, the past 12 hours has had my emotional state in such turmoil on the enormous rollercoaster that is this book. You wouldn't think it with how the book is laid out, but:
Hol -- y -- crap!

There's not a single character I didn't love. Not a single death that didn't break me... not a single moment that I didn't feel like I was there aboard the ship and in the middle of all the utter chaos.

As it is 2020 and there was a virus break out, I feel that in a deep place inside of me. Like bad-a zombies that are going to F you up if you get in there way... or just ingerealy in any way, place, or area. The sickness honestly was very Maze Runner to me.

Jimmy was the hardest hit. I wanted to hold him in my lap and run my fingers through his military grade hair. So much sorrow and love in one encounter. UUUhhhh *Takes a moment to ugly cry and wipe eyes before continuing on*

It's very unique. You think that you would be left lacking by a bunch of servalience and IM messages, but oh my you don't. You aren't left wanting for anything.

Absolutely spectacular -- it's one hell of a ride!

Grace Cunningham
Sep 17, 2020

Wow! This was such a thrill ride of a book! Absolutely blown away at how unique and intriguing this book is. The story is incredible and the next two books following this one is just as awesome. The authors have made a work of art- pulling twists and turns in a graceful way. Highly recommended!
I only have to say that I did have to re-read the book to get a better understanding of everything that happened- I was able to understand the main idea of the story but because of how uniquely set this book is I missed some small details that enriched the story when I re-read. If you read this, pay close attention, & get ready for one crazy space ride!

May 01, 2020

Illuminae follows the journey of seventeen-year-old Kady Grant who struggles to discover hidden truths after escaping her planet Kerenza which was under attack. The story is told through documents such as case files and text conversations which I had never experienced in a book before. It is filled with unexpected surprises and an ever-changing plot that will have you hooked! I highly recommend this book!

Mar 31, 2020

Told through a compilation of files and transmissions, Illuminae is an intense and unique ride. Definitely worth all the ups and downs my emotions took throughout. It was funny, sad, creepy, and even kinda heart-breaking at times. This book just keeps you reading and reading and reading until you look at the clock and realize that it’s been hours and it’s starting to get bright outside. This honestly did not feel like a 500+ page book. I just flew through the pages.

Jan 07, 2020

This series is unlike anything I have ever read. The story is told through a compilation of files and random transmissions. It is both creative and a bit confusing because I don't get to know the main characters as well as I would like. The plot is fast-paced and I could not put it down. Amazing.

Aug 19, 2019

I wish I had come across this sci-fi romance sooner. It’s such a ride going through an evidence folder where we’re given various sides to what is happening, but the main focus is on Kady Grant and Ezra Mason. I just finished it and I want to gush about it all. Definitely a great read.

Jun 29, 2019

I'm bumping the rating to 4 stars for originality of format. The best comparison I can think of is that, instead of reading a murder mystery, you're handed the evidence folder from the detective's desk and work your way through that. Except that this isn't a murder mystery; it's more along the lines of 'escape the zombie horde. in space. with a crazy computer trying to run the show'.

So, what does that mean exactly? Well, for me, it meant that I didn't wind up connecting to any of the characters particularly strongly because you never truly get inside their heads or hearts. Everything is a recording - what the character is choosing to show others.

But the reading experience was interesting. In many cases, the shape and arrangement of text was as meaningful as what was written. So, to some degree, it was a novel that was half play (the parts that were transcripts of conversations) and half poetry.

I don't think I'd want to read a *lot* of books like this. But I'm glad I read one. It was refreshing and different. And I will finish the series. Despite the fact that zombies aren't really my thing.

Jun 17, 2019

This series is one of my favorites of all time. I loved the visual components of the book, including the diagrams and pictures. They really added to the story and made it more realistic! The plot is very interesting and intense. There were many cliffhangers and twists I hadn't seen coming! I would recommend this book and the entire Illuminae trilogy to anyone that enjoys science fiction novels, romance and adventure.

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"Below her, the shaft is darkness, punctured by tiny twinkling lights. They look like stars. They are beautiful. When the light that kisses the back of my eyes was birthed-"

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“And likes roses in his hands Death blooms.”

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Am i not merciful?

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Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.

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No neuroprogrammer is stupid enough to make a computer capable of conceptualizing deceit.


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