Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Typically when praising an author’s creativity, the focus is on clever plot lines or stunningly imaginative world-building. This book certainly has those elements of creativity, but I can’t praise enough the genius behind Kauffman’s storytelling format. Illumnaie is an epistolary novel, told as if you were handed a file filled with memos, military after-action reports, IM messages, surveillance footage transcripts and files pulled from the “mind” of a ship’s Artificial Intelligence system. Each page feels like a work of art itself. Space fight scenes are told with scrolling white text on a black background or various shouts of dialogue positioned in word clouds. It’s engaging and truly unique.
Ok, enough waxing poetic about the format, the plot and issues tackled throughout the novel are pretty great too. When the evil corporation BeiTech comes to bomb an isolated planet, its inhabitants must flee, facing one danger after another. With the closest form of safety 6 months away, a fleet carrying too many passengers, biochemical warfare on top of traditional warfare, an artificial intelligence system that cannot be contained, not to mention star-crossed lovers – this book is just one crazy turn after another.
Prepare yourself to drift through space along with our hero’s fleet by shaking up this cocktail that may just give you feelings of artificial intelligence 😉 And bonus points for hopping on the galaxy food trend bandwagon.
Goodreads Synopsis: 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 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.
BRIEFING NOTE: 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.
“She is catalyst.
She is chaos.
I can see why he loves her.”
― Amie Kaufman, Illuminae
- 1.5 oz vodka
- Berry flavored sparkling water (like La Croix)
- Dash of cranberry juice
- Glow cube for extra fun
Combine ingredients and pour over ice in a lowball glass.