Illuminae

Illuminae

Paperback - 2015
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"The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship's artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780553499117
0553499114
9780553499124
0553499122
9780553499148
0553499149
Characteristics: 599 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kristoff, Jay

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Teen Fiction, Ages 14-18

The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship's artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.


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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!

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jennww2ns
Sep 03, 2020

Book 1 - ^
Book 2 - Gemina
Book 3 - Obsidio
END

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DeeyaKN
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!

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spiritedaway
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.

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black_monkey_534
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.

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khood91
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.

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susan_findlay
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.

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mikaylan1872
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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_exe
May 03, 2019

I read this book a while ago and I was really amazed at how the author was able to use a somewhat unusual method of storytelling that kept the reader hooked.

This is one of my favorite books. It is written for teens but has the plot structure and character development of an adult novel while managing to have more modern humor and sarcasm. I have read this book multiple times and it is amazing how it manages to tell the story so well while being styled like a court case. It is a really unique book and a must read.

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khood91
Aug 19, 2019

“And likes roses in his hands Death blooms.”

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_exe
Sep 18, 2017

Am i not merciful?

JCLChrisK Feb 05, 2016

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

JCLChrisK Feb 05, 2016

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

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