Illuminae

Illuminae

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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
Branch Call Number: y KAUFMAN 2015
Characteristics: 599 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Kristoff, Jay - Author

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bookishmutant
Jan 24, 2019

Real rating: 4.75 stars

WHOA. So I guess getting this book at Barnes and Noble the other day DEFINITELY wasn’t a mistake. Not by any stretch of the imagination.

I’d heard a few people I know say that it was decent, but “Illuminae” honestly blew me out of the water. Though a teensy bit hard to read at times (part of why I didn’t give it all 5 stars), the formatting and design of the book (told in text messages, recorded conversations, logs by the main characters, documentation of security footage, etc.) was astounding, and not to mention creative. It took a little getting used to, but it was like nothing I’ve ever seen. Period.
I laughed, I got slightly freaked out, I nearly cried, I worried for the characters. “Illuminae” was 100% a rollercoaster of emotions, packed with enough plot twists to fill a swimming pool. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole 600-ish pages (pHEW). Even though the characters weren’t people that I necessarily related to, or even liked all that much, I still found myself rooting for them every step of the way. Though it was, by all means, rather bleak, I enjoyed close to every second reading this novel.
One of my friends (the same one who also read it recently and said it was good) said that book 2 was something of a let-down, but that ending really left me hungry for more. The way that a post-credits scene in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie leaves you hungry for more (and makes you want to drain your body’s entire supply of tears). So for once, I think I’ll be throwing said friend’s judgment out the window; excuse me while I go see if it’s available at the library. ;)

PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 16, 2019

Illuminae follows the story of Ezra and Kady, two 17-year-olds that live on a small mining colony, Kerenza, that is being mined illegally by, WUC, a large corporation. Despite the illegality of the operation, the colony has developed as a regular little metropolis, with schools, hospitals and all the other amenities of urban life.

That is, until a competing company, BeiTech, comes in and tries their best to kill everyone on the planet. Because the colony is illegal, BeiTech knows that if they can keep a lid on it, they can take over the mining without ever being called to answer for their tactics. Unfortunately for BeiTech, survivors are picked up by one military ship, the Alexander; and two smaller vessels from Kerenza also escape. The military grade ship, the Alexander, has been damaged in the skirmish over Kerenza and is unable to create a stable wormhole for the ships to move quickly through the star system, instead limping along for months to the closest station that may or may not offer safety.

The story is told through a series of instant message conversations, interview transcripts, memos, the interpretation of video footage, the internal text of the AI and private journal entries. It is clear from notes attached to all this documentation that the whole has been assembled for someone's review, but it isn't clear who or for what purpose. And how does any of this tie to the title? Hmmm????

As we move farther into the text, the notes fall away and the text is left to stand on its own as we are pulled into the story of the survivors trying to outrun BeiTech's ship, the Lincoln. Several months into the voyage, some other problems begin to crop up, the AI that powers the Alexander, and provides its automatic security has been damaged. AIDAN, Artificial Intelligence Defense Analytics Network, has developed some quirks that are far too reminiscent of HAL in 2001.

Even with all that plot, don't be misled into thinking that this book is all plot and action and no characters. The plot is amazing and there are some nail-biting moments, but the authors do an amazing job of creating developed characters all through text snippets and third party interpretation. Even if you are not a fan of sci-fi, you may enjoy this as we deal with emotional manipulation, PTSD, and issues of what must be done in the name of the greater good.

My one complaint with the ebook version is that because some text is in image format, it is impossible to increase its size, making some pages extremely difficult to read. I would definitely recommend a physical copy.

ArapahoeTiegan Jul 15, 2018

If you have any interest in AI that goes crazy in the name of protecting humanity, this is the book for you! A planet it attacked, and three ships come to rescue people that live there. The AI on the main ship was damaged and some pretty scary events in deep space happen, as a result. Very exciting and suspenseful science fiction/dystopian novel.

SnoIsleLib_MartaM Jun 14, 2018

Told by a full cast where the battles in space will remind you of Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. Kady's day started pretty horrible. She and Ezra break up, then the ice ball of a planet where she, her sister and mom live, is attacked. (She helps save Ezra.) Now they are all fleeing for their lives separate ships, fleeing for their lives. Add in a strange disease and the battleship's artificial intelligence seems to have gone off the rails. And Kady's bad day just became the worst year ever. First in a series, this is a must listen for those who love adventure and romance in space! (Don't worry all three books in the series are out and the book has been green-lit for a movie.)

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ErikaCh
Apr 25, 2018

What a fun read. Five stars for the unique concept and story-telling

Really enjoyed this. I'd describe it as "The Fault In Our Battlestars", with some homages to Joss Whedon's "Serenity" as well. My only disappointment is that the sequel (like the later volume of Brian K Vaughn's "Saga", another sci-fi must-read) is not available in print form, only as an e-book (what up, library???!).

LoganLib_Kirra Feb 19, 2018

The book starts off in the year of 2575 and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet's resources and no-one living there was informed about it. Usually, your planet getting invaded is pretty bad on a normal day but they picked the worst day for Kady and Ezra since they just broke up a few hours ago and now they're forced to work together to get onto an evacuating fleet and off the planet before they die. That is only the tiny start of their problems though as Kady and Ezra find themselves in a much bigger problem in during their space travel when a horrible virus starts taking over the people aboard and the AI is acting strange...

Illuminae didn't grab me from the very start because the formatting of this book, told mostly through files and chat logs and mostly illustrated throughout, was so different to every other YA and sci-fi book I've read. Soon enough though I was just as hooked as everyone else that had read this book before me. One thing I can say is that this book will constantly shock and surprise you and probably hurt your feelings too!

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efishyiu
Jan 17, 2018

return this book on Jan 17 at the RPL

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pigish88
Jan 04, 2018

Definitely in the top 3 books I've ever read, this book is simply amazing. The way it's written is unique and beautiful and the second book is even better. I'm super excited for obsidio!

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violet_cat_7976
Oct 07, 2017

This book was absolutely amazing! I recommend to anyone searching for a new obsession different from anything ever read. The cover is gorgeous, and the pages are literature and art mixed to become pure perfection.

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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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