Illuminae, co-written by Amie Kaufman (co-author of the Starbound series) and Jay Kristoff (author of The Lotus War) is the first thrilling book in The Illuminae Files. It is a work of science fiction using a series of e-mails, IMs, official reports and transcribed security footage to tell the story of two teenagers from a backwater planet.
It is the year 2575 and the megacorporation BeiTech is using its dreadnoughts to destroy Kady’s home planet, an illegal mining community called Kerenza IV. Also, she just broke up with her boyfriend. Drama. This first installment of The Illuminae Files follows Kady and Ezra as they are evacuated to separate ships and become refugees on the run from BeiTech’s remaining dreadnought – The Lincoln.
I was immediately hooked into their story, constantly learning about the mystery the refugees have found themselves surrounded by. This book was a perfect combination of suspense and intrigue. I was slightly skeptical about the unusual format, fortunately my skepticism was entirely unfounded. Kaufman and Kristoff found a perfect way to tell this story; the different formats kept every page new and exciting with a plot that literally had me on the edge of my seat at times. It wasn’t what I was expecting at all and, once finished, I found myself unable to think of anything else. Illuminae is an absolute triumph and I cannot wait for the next installment.