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A tale of romance, double crosses and survival

22 Nov

Instead of reading the books, I’d intended, I decided to read another arc I’d picked up at the ALA annual conference last June.  I found it because of the stairs that led down to the exhibits.


There were usually a lot of people on the stairs, and I was often on a mission to get somewhere. I finally realized that it was advertising for a book, after I’d seen the display at the publisher’s booth. Illuminae, The Illuminae Files 1 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, at 2-1/4″,  was the largest arc I brought home.


On first glance, It was intriguing. It is a no-traditional text, set up as a dossier full of reports, documents, archived information, instant messages, email, transcripts and descriptions of security footage.

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And it is a really great read! It is set in space, so if you are not a sci fi fan, be warned, but don’t be put off: it is more than just a  tale set in space. It is an action packed tale of romance, double crosses and survival involving two star-crossed lovers and a computer named AIDAN, who is reminiscent of HAL from  2001: A Space Odyssey. 

Publisher’s summary: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 one of the 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!

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.

If you’d like a sample, visit the Illuminae website.

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