Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
First Published: October 20th, 2015
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook
My Copy: Physical Copy
My Overall Rating: 8.5/10
This book was pure gold. I have never read such an uniquely written book in my life! The format is really cool, in the form of emails, surveillance files, IMs, etc. and I thought it made the book a really fun read. There is barely any descriptive passages in this book, save the surveillance files. The rest are conversations or thoughts.
Kady is our main protagonist, who is particularly skilled in computers and hacking. I really like her because she's fearless and determined, stopping at nothing until she unravels the secrets behind Alexander and Hypatia, as well as BeiTech's motives. Her and Byron on make a good team, their relationship starting as reluctant allies then evolving onto friends. Kady is also really sarcastic and sassy, which is great! Her messages are so funny to read, filled with wit and humour. But deep down, it's just another way to cover up how scared and helpless she's feeling.
Ezra is another protagonist, but he isn't as important a character as Kady. He was her boyfriend before all this started, but over the course of the book, they repair their relationship and fall back into love (not that they were ever out of it!) However, this isn't classified as a romance story because their relationship isn't quite so important - yes, there are really sweet moments between the two of them, but it isn't the main point. Right, except for the part when Kady risks her life to cross to Alexander to save Ezra, only to *spoiler alert* find out that he was dead, and had been dead for a while. Well, that's what AIDAN tells her anyways. (Psst, he's fine actually) *spoiler over*
Who is my favourite character in this book? By far, it is AIDAN, the artificial intelligence behind this all. Although it is only a computer, who's to say it doesn't have feelings? Well, it does have programmed feelings, but when reading its files, it feels so human that you forget that it's just a computer. What I really liked was how Kady worked together with AIDAN at the end of the book to stop the Lincoln and the infected, even if it meant dying a slow death together in space. I really enjoyed reading AIDAN's files, because he has such a peculiar way in talking/speaking, especially when describing war scenes. The looping sentences and pretty backgrounds was really nice to read :)
Who got emotional at the end? I did! When death seemed imminent for both Kady and AIDAN, I was so sad that my two favoured characters were going to die. Luckily, there's hope ;)
So, the Illuminae Group. It was obvious from the beginning who was going to be part of this group, right? I can't wait to see how they're going to create BeiTech's downfall, and in detail! Who would've thought that *spoiler alert* Ezra's mother is the leader of BeiTech? OOOOH! How far will she go to get Ezra back? *spoiler over* I can't wait for the next book!
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