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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.” EW.com
 
[Y]ou’re not in for an ordinary novel experience. . . .  Bustle.com
 
“A truly interactive experience. . . . A fantastically fun ride.” —MTV.com
 
“[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


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    a great new space opera

    Really loved this one, I really enjoyed the format - with the document, emails, and the like, and while it took me a bit to get hooked in the story, once I did, I did not was to put it town until I finished it. Next one please?

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    Completely immersive and cleverly enticing.

    This is one of the most unique storytelling methods I've seen in YA. If you're a fan of post apocalyptic and sci-fi, you need to read this book.

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    Uniquely told

    I have to say that this book gets more than a few points just for being different. Don't expect to pick this book and read a story told in a common way because the way this story is told is anything but common. This story is told through the use of reports, interviews, emails, and all kinds of media. It took me a few pages to really get a feel for the story being told by all the documents but in the end I was hooked. I wasn't sure if the non-traditional method of storytelling would appeal to me and I must say that I don't think that all readers will appreciate how the story comes together. I decided early on to just keep reading and give the book a fair chance. I quickly started to like the two main characters: Kady and Ezra. They have just broken up when all hell breaks loose on their planet and they find themselves in the middle of danger. The story is actually pretty involved with a lot of things going on. Kady and Ezra end up on different ships so their stories are a little different and fill in the missing pieces of the overall picture. Once I really got involved in the plot, I found that I had a hard time stepping away from this book. I just had to know how everything would work out and there were a few surprises along the way. There were a few plot twists that felt a little over the top. I appreciate the fact that these twists were unexpected but I think that they did cross into an area of unbelievably. I read a review copy of the book but I would love to get my hands on a formatted paper copy complete with all of the photos. I do think that this book will be best enjoyed with all of the proper formatting found in a print copy. I would recommend this book to others who enjoy an exciting story told in a unique manner. It really was a wonderful story and I am still amazed at the range of emotions that come across through the use of documents and personal messages. This is the first book by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff that I have had a chance to read and I look forward to the next book in the series. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Children's / Knopf Books for Young Readers via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

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