Illuminae (Illuminae Files, #1)

by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

4.59 of 5 stars 63 ratings • 35 reviews • 88 shelved
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Illuminae (Illuminae Files, #1)

by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

4.59 of 5 stars 63 ratings • 35 reviews • 88 shelved
For fans of Marie Lu comes the first book in an epic series that bends the sci-fi genre into a new dimension.
 “A truly beautiful novel that redefines the form."Victoria Aveyard, bestselling author of Red Queen

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
      The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.
     But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
      Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
“Prepare yourselves for Illuminae.”
[Y]ou’re not in for an ordinary novel experience. . . .
“A truly interactive experience. . . . A fantastically fun ride.” —
“[O]ut-of-this-world awesome.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred
★ “…stylistically mesmerizing.” —Publishers Weekly, starred
★ “[A]n arresting visual experience.”—Booklist, starred
★ “[A] game-changer.” —Shelf Awareness, starred

“Brace yourself. You're about to be immersed in a mindscape that you'll never want to leave.”  —Marie Lu, bestselling author of the Legend trilogy
"Genre: Undefinable. Novel: Unforgettable." —Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures & author of Unbreakable
An exuberant mix of space opera, romance, zombies, hackers, and political thrills.”  —Scott Westerfeld, bestselling author of  Zeroes and Uglies
Stunningly creative. Smart, funny, and romantic.”  —Veronica Rossi, bestselling author of Under the Never Sky
“This is one of those rare books that will truly keep your heart pounding.” Beth Revis, bestselling author of Across the Universe
This book is xxxxing awesome.”
Laini Taylor, bestselling author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • ISBN10 0553499114
  • ISBN13 9780553499117
  • Publish Date 20 October 2015
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 608
  • Language English


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Nessa Luna 5 of 5 stars
Months ago, I started hearing about the book Illuminae for the first time. I honestly had no idea what it was about then, but I heard the word 'space' and I was immediately intrigued. Then, as the ARCs were distributed, and the reviews came in, I heard it was not written like books are usually written, but it was more of a compilation of files. That got my attention even more, so that's when I decided I was going to buy myself a copy. I went for the more expensive - but beautiful - hardcover, mainly because of that amazing plastic dustjacket.

Illuminae is compiled of a bunch of files describing the events that happened from the moment the planet Kerenza was attacked. It tells you the story of Kady Grant and Ezra Mason, who had just ended their relationship three hours before their planet was attacked. During evacuation, they got separated and placed on different ships. Kady got onto the Hypatia, and Ezra onto the Alexander. The three ships - the Copernicus included - make their way towards jumpstation Heimdall, which is a six-month journey. And of course, a lot can happen in six months.

To be honest, I don't know how to write this review. I've started over at least four times, and this is my official fifth time I am writing this review. Maybe it's the way the story was written, that I now think I should do a different review format as well? Maybe I should write a poem, seeing as it's close to Sinterklaas in my country - and a lot of people write poems for the people they've bought gifts for. No, okay, I am crappy at writing poetry, let's not do that.

Illuminae was an amazing book, I loved every bit of it. I especially liked the way it was formatted. It was basically meant to be a bunch of files send to the executive director of a company by a group that calls itself the Illuminae Group. Emails, IMs, camera footage, footage taken from the AI of Alexander, there is a lot of different kind of files in this book, and I really enjoyed seeing all those.

We mainly follow Kady Grant and Ezra Mason, who broke off their relationship three hours before their planet was invaded. They get evacuated onto different ships and eventually - reluctantly - Kady contacts Ezra because she needs him for something. Another main character in this story - in my opinion - is the artificial intelligence, AIDAN (Articifial Intelligence Defence Analytics Network), who I thought was a mixture of Ultron and Vision.

I really liked Kady, right from the start, because she had pink hair (which we didn't find out until later in the story tho, but still), and she can hack very well. She's the one who - together with a guy named Byron Zhang - uncovered much of the truth that happened on the ships. She was just so heroic at the end of this story, and honestly I was very afraid for her throughtout the story. Because I was convinced she was going to die, either on the Alexander, or of the radiation poisoning she got from the Lincoln's bombs, but she didn't and honestly that was a tiny bit of a shame.

This story also reminded me of that one episode of Doctor Who, called Midnight, where you just find out how cruel and awful humans can be if their lives are in danger. How easily they can murder innocent people just because they think something is wrong with them, how easily peer pressure works and people who were first against killing could suddenly be persuaded to kill. Ugh I hated that episode so so much. I can handle weird, scary aliens, because I know they aren't real, but people - people are real and so so scary. This book was just like that, and sometimes I just had to put the book down because I was so frustrated with the choices some people made in this story. I get that they were scared, but think - just THINK.

The setting was just really cool, I love everything that has to do with space and spaceships, and oh gods I just loved seeing those schematics of the ships in the book. I heard that the next book will take place on a space station, which I assume is the Heimdall jumpstation they were heading to, and gods I can't wait to see that!

Kady and Ezra broke up three hours before their planet was attacked, and as I was telling this to my friend I thought to myself 'they'll end up back together again', that or they'll die. Unfortunately, I was right and halfway through the story Kady and Ezra started confessing their love for each other again, which was a bit of a shame. I mean yeah it's cool for them that they ended up together again, but honestly why does this always happen? Oh well.

In the end, I really loved Illuminae and I will certainly pick up the next book when it comes out next year! Did you read this book? If so, what did you think of the formatting? Did you love it as much as I did, or would you have rather had a normal story? Let me know in a comment!

I recommend this book to people who love space, who love Doctor Who and science fiction in general, and who love unique books. Though honestly the story isn't that unique, the formatting makes it so much cooler. (Yes I will forever be talking about the awesome formatting, shh).

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At first, I was hesitant going into Illuminae for two reasons: it is a very hyped book, and it was mixed media, which may/may not work in audiobook format. I kept my expectations pretty low, because a lot of the super hyped books don’t really work for me.

Going into the early chapters of Illuminae, I was glad I protected myself with low expectations. The world was interesting, and the action started right away, but the characters? Meh. Especially in the early chapters, they’re all quite vague and flirtatious. There are moments that are good mixed in, like the initial battle between the Lincoln and the Alexander. In these places, the audiobook really shined. Illuminae is a full cast recording, and it’s just… so well done. This is definitely one of those books that feels like a radio play when you listen to it, and not just like a book being read to you.

But those early chapters? If I had boarded the hype train and had high expectations for the book, I would have been hugely disappointed. It was reading like a romance and I was bored. And, yes, having finished the book, I now understand the importance of the dialogue and slow pacing in the first 50%. But while I was in it? It was not for me.

Then, at almost the exact 50% point… AIDEN was turned back on.

Then things got good.

I could not stop listening to the second half of this book. As the book continued, I missed the mixed-media as the narration turned to AIDEN’s memory almost exclusively. But, you know what? That was fine. Give me an evolving AI and deadly, gruesome plague any day. There were twists and turns and the more I think about it retrospectively, the more and more hints I see where I should have figured things out. I called one of them, but you know, I think that was more from desperation than logic. But the twists were really well written – I think that good twist is something you could predict, but may not… and if you can’t, you can go back and figure out all the missing pieces.

Through the second half of Illuminae, I was there for the ride and enjoying it, not thinking ahead of the book too much. I loved it. It’s an easy book to recommend, with a lot of questions left unanswered to mull over and a lot of action points. The only thing I didn’t love were the characters. I don’t feel like we got to know Ezra well enough, and I just didn’t care for Katy? She was well written, but I just didn’t connect with her. But that’s okay!

Generally, this was such a rollercoaster ride, and I’m definitely in to read Gemini. If you like space operas like Star Wars, then you’ll like Illuminae. It’s such a great sci-fi book and honestly, this needs to be picked up and turned into a TV show. AIDEN had such great vibes of both HAL 900 (2001: A Space Odyssey anyone?) and “Robbie” from Isaac Asmov’s I, Robot collection. The action on the ship itself reminds me of any number of space flicks, and the Cyclone flights are definitely Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Any appreciator of sci-fi (appreciator being the key work – not aficionado. Sci-fi people can be intense) should appreciate Illuminae.

TL;DR? This was a great book and generally speaking, it deserves the hype. It followed so many time-honored sci-fi tropes in all the best ways, have some great action, and I highly recommend it. It’s certainly a book I will be reading again.

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Wow. I knew when I started that I was going to like this book, but I had no idea just how much. Switching between IMs and AIDEN's core and surveillance reports and everything added so much to the story. I was absolutely blown away by this book, and I really need to get my hands on the next...

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sa090 4 of 5 stars

The first book I read in 2019! I’m not going to lie, it took a while for me to actually get invested in this despite the fantastic way it’s been written.


I’m always wary when a book blows up the community, most of the time, it’s for reasons I couldn’t care less about, so when I read it, I’m usually disappointed. Thankfully, this was not one of those times. It’s the first time I’ve ever read a book written in a complete epistolary format, I’ve seen some instances in other books (most recently in For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig), but not like this and I’m very impressed that Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff managed to tell a story using just this format throughout an entire book. That being said, I do believe that the plot line in itself was on the weak side and unfortunately, not that unique, but again, given the format it was told in, using a somewhat simpler plot is not a bad idea.

I enjoy things like this; classified documents, diagrams, screenshots of pages online, weird entities and such, it reminds me of the old space opera anime, tv shows and movies I used to watch. Moreover, there is a certain level of suspense and excitement from my side when reading something like this, because I can’t wait to see what else I’ll be seeing from the authors’ style. Although, I think the one part I didn’t enjoy here happened when or AI, AIDAN, was in charge of the narrative. Despite the fact that I enjoyed being in its head, I didn’t like the black pages with the white writing (I can’t show anything without a spoiler so I’ll refrain), it’s just the cluster of words in those weren’t as fun to read in comparison with the emails and PM messages and such.

I mentioned that I couldn’t get into the book for a while and I believe my main issue are the characters, specifically Ezra and Kady. I really dislike romance when there are more important things to care about, like this book had so being in their head for a bit in the beginning where I had to deal with their relationship drama more than anything made reading this a chore. It got better when the direction of the book was shown to not be heavy on the romance, but instead to focus on those other way more important and infinitely more interesting things. This raised another issue, sarcasm is wonderful to read, but the way the two of them were written made their interactions with each other and others seem more juvenile than actually funny. I do understand that they’re younger kids, but that never meant you automatically have to make them obnoxious to read.

Thankfully, once we got into the meat of things and many many many many other characters came into it, the story became a more enjoyable novel to read and I managed to breeze through it despite a few hiccups related to my health in one of the days. Keeping track of every single name would be close to impossible, but there were side characters in the command chain that I really liked to read about, get to know more about and hope to see in bigger detail. The second half of the book and especially the fight back attempt is easily the most blood pumping parts of the book, and I enjoyed it immensely. I had some ehhhhh moments when there was some weird form of “affection” starting to show, which was my biggest issue in another book I read last year, that it got me really worried, but thankfully it wasn’t as cringeworthy as Honor Among Thieves’.

The twist in the end was fun to read as well, it wasn’t what I expected when people kept saying “interesting twist” but I’m definitely interested to see where we’re going with this and more importantly, how it will be integrated into the plot next time. From what I heard Gemina add more main characters and is mostly told from that perspective so we’ll see, my hopes are as follows:

- A plethora of interesting visuals again
- The same focus on romance, if not less

If I get these, I’m sure I’ll be one satisfied customer! I might also try the audiobook for next time, I hear it’s a wonderful experience :)

Final rating: 4/5

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kalventure 5 of 5 stars
BRIEFING NOTE: This is an addictive, fast-paced adventure that I didn't expect to ███████ lurrrrrrve as much as I did.

Greetings chum. I don't even know how to adequately review such an amazingly unique reading experience. Illuminae is not your traditional book. It breaks conventional storytelling and is told in multi-media format: the book is the compilation of emails, instant message conversations, redacted memos, and more as if you are reading a confidential dossier.
“It’s not the bullets that kill you. It’s moments like these. One piece at a time.”
The year is 2575 and this morning Kady Grant broke up with her boyfriend, Ezra Miller. Hours later their tiny planet of Kerenza, which is an illegal mining colony, was attacked by a mega-corporation. Bad day, I'd say.
Ezra: And then I said it.
Interviewer: What did he say?
Kady Grant: He said, 'You picked a hell of a day to dump me, Kades.'
And she did indeed. And unfortunately for the survivors of the attack on Kerenza, the nightmare is far from over. Not only are they being pursued by the ███████, but there's also a terrible infection spreading throughout the fleet. You better not look at them, chum.

I absolutely fell in love with Kady and Ezra and their struggle to reconcile their new reality with what really matters. You can sense the complicated relationship between them and the love that they feel for one another. Ezra is my love with his ASCII flowers and witter banter, but my favorite character might actually be Analyst 7213 and his colorful descriptions of video feeds.

This book has so much levity and humor, I found myself laughing hysterically on more than one occasion. Each of the characters feels very real and you cannot help but fall in love with them. This book honestly kind of reminded me of Battlestar Galactica in the best of ways, tapping into the reasons that show speaks to me deep down. This overall story isn't a new one to the genre but it is absolutely unique in execution and truly shines with the characters.

BRIEFING NOTE: I read along with the audiobook at the recommendation of Taylor, which was literally the best suggestion to ever be made in the existence of the world. The audiobook is full cast, and the unconventional format of the book lends really well to reading along... it brought the story to life in a way that instantly tugged at my heart and wrestled its way into my soul. I wholeheartedly recommend that you read along with the audiobook for a ███████ incredible experience. Just a warning that the 'pretty birdie' sections of audio are lowkey terrifying. You've been warned.
Honestly this book made me an anxious ball of anxiety and nerves for the entire time that I read it, and I didn't see the twists coming. I am so sad that I sat on this book for so long, but I can say that this is a book where the hype is deserved.

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Emma (SCR) 5 of 5 stars
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews Wow, where to start with this review? I have been badgering the BF to use his audible credits for this series for months. I had heard on Instagram how it was one of the most amazing audio books. I don't really like audiobooks. I have always struggled with the voices and find they ruin my perception of the character. But this book has a full cast and it changes everything! EVERYTHING! Every audiobook deserves a full cast. If all audiobooks where like this I would definitely listen to more of them. 

On to the actual story... I love the two main characters in this book. Kady is spunky but also very clever. Ezra is hilarious. I absolutely love his sense of humour.

Kady goes through so so much in this book that by the end you forget that she is only a 17 year old girl. The things that she encounters, the emotional turmoil is absolutely harrowing and by the end she is no longer the same teenage girl she was.

The other character we should also talk about is AIDAN. Well what can we say about AIDAN? There is so much to say and yet so little I can share. He is such a quotable character.

This book is full of twists and turns I did not see coming. I absolutely loved every word which is weird to say when most of it was actually heartbreaking. These authors work so well together. The story is seamless and flows effortlessly.

As soon as I finished this book I downloaded the next audio in the series because I just could not leave it there.

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Well, the hype's not wrong.

I admit I was REALLY hesitant to start this one. First, the hype is really daunting. What if I end up NOT loving it the same way everyone else did?? That would *suck*. So sometimes, I kind of succumb to the Schrodinger's cat idea. Then, this book is HUGE. I have this... thing... with huge books. And by that I mean it takes me 89 years to decided to finally open them up because it's such a big time investment.

So, let's address both of these things. Clearly, from the rating, I loved this book. THE CAT IS ALIVE! This book was such a strange amalgamation of formats and styles but it worked gloriously. The characters manage to shine through even though so very little of it is directly through their eyes, or describes them directly. That's a definite plus. And it will give you feelings. Painful ones, for the most part, but...

As for the size, it kind of meant nothing in the end? If this book had been written in the "traditional" way, it would probably be a good ol' regular 300 pages book. But since this is not, and the book is also kind of a visual experience, you ended up with a ton of BEAUTIFUL one word/sentence pages or things of that kind. It's absolutely stunning, and it makes the pages fly so darn quickly.

So, the story itself, because I've been rumbling for AGES. It's one of the most terrifying things I've ever read of. I absolutely hate story-lines like this because they make me so fucking terrified but at the same time, I couldn't look away??? There is EVERYTHING that I hate about it. The big bad? It's a giant CORPORATION. I vastly prefer super villains stories or things of that nature. You can just kill the man and it ends, but corporations are a sticky business and it always feels to me far harder to read kill. They're like hydras! Then you have a BIO-WEAPON. Literal chills. Especially with this one, because it turns people into monsters. Although, I hope they explore that one more in the next books. It's kind of weird how they all react differently but they all don't want you to look at them? What is the virus attacking to make that happen? It seems... weird. And finally, we have an AI GONE MAD! Like, why did you have to put all the terrifying things together in one book??? (*whispers: although I kind of liked AIDAN)

And who're the heroes facing these gigantic problems? Well, on paper, it's Ezra Mason and Kady Grant, two love-sick teenagers. Yeah, you read that right. Oh, this book is EXCELLENT in making you see the other people working around it (i.e the grownups and commanders), but unfortunately, those people are not the main characters so for the most part, their fate is unguaranteed. Or guaranteed to be bad. The ones who are going to sort-of-maybe-in-a-way beat it are the teens. And it... works? It does. Fantastically. Amazing,

But notice I started this whole thing with "on paper"? THIS IS KADY GRANT'S STORY. Ezra Mason is there, and maybe he'll have a bigger part to play in the future, but this is 100% Kady's novel. SHE'S the one who does everything, the one we focus on, the one we get a short peek into with her journals. She's the one several people grow to love throughout the book. We basically follow only her for the last 15% of it or so. And I mean, I get it. I get people falling in love with this girl. I get her being the main character. She is fierce, she is smart and she is unyielding. She would sacrifice herself for the many, but she will do so as a last resource. Also, she's a pretty teenager with pink hair. If this was an anime, the pink hair alone would point her out as the protagonist.

As for Ezra Mason, I like this guy. Ezra is loyal, charming, a good friend and he's very much in love with his ex even six months later. He's an athlete but definitely not a rebel. And that's about what I feel like I know of this guy.

And here's the problem I had with the book. Here is where that half star went. The least well-developed part of this giant work of art is KADY & EZRA'S RELATIONSHIP. It is entirely un-based, and as it is the motivation for many things, that kind of sucked. We meet these two *after* their break up. They have been dating for a year before that. We don't get to see ANY of these things. We barely hear about their past as a couple. We don't get to experience anything of what made them fall in love or why. We don't even really get to understand the scope of their emotions to one another. Oh, they're cute together. Their banter was a winning point. But... but I still didn't get it. Why they loved each other so much to give up so much. It's all based on this shared past that I was not privy to, and that's the ONE place where I felt the novel kind of lacked.

Final note, enter this novel expecting to lose your heart. I cried in this one. It is BRUTAL. And no one is safe. So be prepared for that. I have a feeling it would get worse before it will get better....


Because I saw the beautiful hardcover I had to order it alongside the kindle edition so I could stare at it!! It looks GORGEOUS but unfortunately came a little banged up from TBD. That's a first for me - their boxes usually hold pretty well but this one was shockingly flimsy for such a giant book. Regardless, it is still gorgeous to look at and will surely make me read it soon!

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Linda 5 of 5 stars
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Beware readers! I am reviewing all three books in one go. There may be spoilers from books 1 and 2 in the review of book 3. 

When Illuminae was first released, it was one of those immense buzz-books from the get-go. Remember? I was excited about it, too, and I bought the book as soon as was possible. Then, I left it on my shelf. Until I went to BEA in 2016, where I got an advanced copy of Gemina... which I also put on my shelf once I returned home. See a pattern here? The books appealed to me, but I just kind of didn't get to them. Until one of my favorite authors told me that her co-author is one of the full cast narrators. And that the audiobooks were awesome. And so, in late February, I started listening to Illuminae. And I was totally blown away!

A full cast is the way to go when it comes to audiobooks. It made it so easy to follow everything, and I loved getting the sound effects for the AI, AIDEN, the different sounds for the briefing notes and all... The story was very exciting, as it started with an attack on Kady and Ezra's planet. BeiTech used some kind of biological agent to make the population easy to take - only they hadn't counted on other space ships being near enough to save several of them. Ezra and Kady were separated when they were saved. Those who weren't hurt went to one space shuttle, those who were hurt to a second, and those who could help with scientific problems to a third. Only, nobody knew that some people had been infected. And that the virus would mutate in close quarters.

Illuminae is not only a fantastic science fiction, it is also filled with mystery and suspense, and my emotions were all over the place. I cried so, so hard at one place I almost had to pull over on my way to work - I couldn't see the road! Extremely well written, with characters that were fleshed out and realistic, I was spellbound from start to finish!



In Gemina, we were taken to Heimdall to see why they never showed up to help the survivors from Kerenza. Here, we got to meet Hanna, the rich girl who followed her father's work, and Nik, a drug-dealer hiding in plain sight. Again, the pace was fast, and the intricate plot unfolded with just enough clues to not feel completely clueless, yet still not able to figure anything out. Again, I went through all the emotions possible to humans. I laughed, I cried, I was afraid for the characters, I wondered if anyone would make it. And the heartbreak of seeing how some had no scruples betraying others was strong.

Again, I found the characters to be well fleshed out, and the suspense kept me wanting my commute to be longer. Little by little, we also learned a little bit about whether anyone from Kerenza was still alive, and I have nothing but good things to say about both Gemina and The Illuminae Files.


In Obsidio, the readers are taken back to Kerenza. To where the survivors live under siege, and the whole situation is not only hard, it's also a question of loyalty, friendships, trust, and how to ultimately win against BeiTech. Asha has been quietly rebelling against BeiTech forces with others in the resistance, and this part of the overall story made a lot of sense to me. There will always be people who will never accept defeat - and that's part of what makes us human.

When Rhys arrives on Kerenza, Asha doesn't want anything to do with him - he's working as an IT tech for BeiTech, and she doesn't trust him. At all. Until she realizes that she might be able to sway him to the other side. Obsidio is just as fast-paced as the other Illuminae Files stories, and I loved how the authors managed to show the readers (or listeners as the case may be) that the human beings on both side of a conflict are just that - human. And that for soldiers who are used to following orders, it can be very difficult after a while to differentiate between right and wrong.

The ending to The Illuminae Files was just as strong as the first two stories, and I felt a sense of accomplishment at the end. I cannot recommend this series enough! And if you're a fan of audiobooks, you should listen to them - you'll feel like you're on Hypetia, Kerenza and Heimdall with the characters. Running, hiding, strategizing, trying to stay alive with them.


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“Are you afraid?"
"Energy never stops, remember. It just changes forms."
"I am still afraid.”

In the year 2575 Kady and Ezra live on something that shouldn't exist, and that no one knows about. Or at least that's what everyone thought. Until suddenly one day they are attacked and their whole world falls apart, add a breakup between Kady and Ezra, missing parents, and countless friends/family dead. They are both pretty shaken up and now separated onto two different space ships trying to get away from the company that attacked them.
Ezra ends up becoming a pilot in order to help the new ship he is a part of, and Kady refuses to use her amazing computer skills for the new ships they work on.
On the new ships things start going very wrong, very fast. Which ends up bringing the two characters back together, or is it really even Ezra and Kady? That's the confusing part, and I'm still not exactly sure which one was the villain talking at times and which one was our main character.

“I am frequently underestimated. I think it's because I'm short.”

Kady ends up finding out things that are happening that have been kept from everyone and then, decides to do something incredibly stupid, in order to save the last person she thinks she has. This is when I couldn't put the book, down and I had to find out if she was going to be okay, or not. (yes I know there's two other books, but they could have been following another character.) Also all of the other characters I grew attached to as well and when things would happen to them it was sad. Heck, I even liked all the witty banter of the villain for a change.

“They are beyond me.
These humans.
With their brief lives and their tiny dreams and their hopes that seem as fragile as glass.
Until you see them by starlight, that is.”

Overall I absolutely loved this book. I did find the format of it a little confusing at first, but once I had gotten the audiobook to go along with it. It got so much better. If you can I highly recommend getting the physical book and the audiobook at the same time. Not only does the audiobook have different voices for every character, but sound effects as well for when things are happening like the computer booting up, etc.
This book is surprisingly worth all of the hype surrounding it, which I was rather shocked to find out considering how much this had been advertised and talked about. I can't wait to read the next book and see what happens next!

“What you do when stuff like this happens is you LIVE, you survive it, that's how you honour the ones you lost.”

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