Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

genre: ya science fiction
Katy's home, a tiny freezing-cold speck in the wilds of outer space, has just been attacked by a ship from a raiding corporation. When she and her newly-ex boyfriend Ezra manage to evacuate on shuttle to a waiting fleet, it feels like the world has come to an end.

But it's not over yet.

Because their fleet is being chased and something strange seems to be happening to one of the ships.  Not only that, there is talk of a strange plague and Katy will not put up with being kept from the facts.  With her wicked hacker skills, she is going to find out what in the world is going on - and if there is any way to solve it.

There is SO so much to like about this book.  What I liked most of all is the very unique format - it's like a giant file of documentation regarding the entire kerfluffle, beginning on Katy's home planet and into the far reaches of space as she and a few other key players move through the universe, trying to escape from the pursuing enemy warship.  We read e-mails, medical files, transcriptions, court documents, schematics, instant messaging scripts and interviews - there is no overarching narrative, we truly are piecing things together as we read along.  I don't want to spoil anything but I had no idea the direction this was going and I found it fascinating, violent and thought-provoking.  It moved a little slow at first and I had a hard time keeping names straight but soon I was itching to know what was going to happen to Katy and Ezra and the rest of the refugees from their destroyed planet.

This was both visually and intellectually a pleasure to read.  I look forward to more from this highly creative and fast-paced series.

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