The Truth is in the Details


The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Book 1

Summary from Goodreads

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.
This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
illuminaeThe 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.
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.


Book 2:

Summary from Goodreads:

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a gemina-covernotorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.


This is a pretty unique series. The books themselves are very well done visually.  I really like that they are presenting it as evidence in a trial, trying to find out what really happened.  It’s pretty hard to write a story using only IMs, emails and transcripts, and descriptions of surveillance videos, but the authors really manage to pull it off.  The drawings by Marie Lu in the second book are a nice addition.  The drawings make the second book a little more genuine and the character of Hanna a little more relatable. I read the first book as an e-galley and at times the formatting wasn’t great.  The second book I chose to wait until it was published to read, and I was glad I did.  The graphics are well done and really enhance the story.  There were times though that it was hard to read because of the dark backgrounds on some of the pages, but I felt that this was deliberately done and was a tool to enhance the story.  This mostly happened when we were reading Hanna’s journal.  All in all a great story with lots of action, suspense, ass-kicking, computers going out of control, in short everything you might want in a space saga, with a unique presentation. I’m hoping the next book will have a purple cover and a satisfying ending.

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