I loved this book! I did not want to stop reading it. This was partly due to the suspense and building drama and my need to know just what was going to happen! And partly due to the unique format the book is written in – with each page changing and different, it was hard to talk myself out of reading just one more email or transcript or looking at the diagrams that were coming next.
One of the things that I most appreciated about this book was the empathy I felt with each character (literally each one, no matter how small a role) and the humanity that the authors managed to give each and every character. Frequently, in end-of-the-world, things-blowing-up, all-out-war types of books, it seems easy to let the deaths pile up without meaning. But in Illuminae, names and stories and backgrounds are given to even the minor characters who die, and I ended up feeling the blow of each of these deaths. Amie and Jay were able to make you understand that the deaths weren’t just numbers piling up, but people, all without encumbering the story or slowing down the plot. A remarkable feat!
The sci-fi world that Amie and Jay created is entirely believable, because although the world is filled with “unbelievable” things (living in space, artificial intelligence with feelings, an airborne pathogen that results in, essentially, zombies, and more!), it is based enough in science that we are familiar with, that it really doesn’t seem too far from what could, potentially, happen. The story is detailed, there is consistency within the story, and – most importantly – we understand and empathize with the characters. The humanity is the same, no matter how different this future, sci-fi world has become.
This is a book that I will be recommending, because it is well-written and unique and thoroughly enjoyable – I can’t wait for the next one!