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Synopsis:

“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 an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.”

Review:

I’m going to come out and just be completely straight forward with you on this one.

I DID NOT LIKE THIS BOOK. AT ALL.

I wouldn’t go so far and say that I hated this book but its up there as far as going from a 2 star rating to a 1 star. This book was a mess.

Starting off with the characters, I will say that I found them interesting to read from the perspectives of but I couldn’t stand either of them. It felt like the whole point of Ezra and Kady being in this book was to complain about their former (well it didn’t stay “former” for long) relationship. They both felt like stereotypical YA characters to me. They had no substance to them at all.

Then going into their relationship, this is what really made me not like this book. The whole book, as I stated previously, was them pretty much complaining about them not being together anymore when they really should be. OMG, talk about annoying. It just got very repetitive after awhile and I could not take it.

Then lets talk about the plot. There really wasn’t one. I was expecting this epic space opera with tons of battle scenes and interesting character development. I got none of that. I know that I have said this twice already in this review but the romance aspects really took over the book and left me with a lot to be desired. Everything that I wanted to happen in this book I got none of.

Overall, this book is majorly overhyped. I think I went in with to high of expectations and maybe that’s what lead to me not enjoying this book. I have heard the audiobooks are fantastic so maybe that should have been the way to go for me.

I will say that I am willing to give this book a second chance if I can be convinced and maybe, just maybe, I will continue on with the trilogy. But for now, I have zero plans of continuing on with this series at this point.

RATING: 2/5

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