Audie Award, Multi-Voiced Performance, 2016
For fans of Marie Lu and James Dashner comes the first book in an epic new series.
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 mega-corporations 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.
©2015 Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (P)2015 Listening Libary
"Brace yourself. You're about to be immersed in a mindscape that you'll never want to leave." (Marie Lu, New York Times best-selling author of the Legend trilogy)
"Ambitious, heartbreaking, and out-of-this-world awesome." (Kirkus Reviews)
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
This book is so unique that it is almost impossible to explain it. Told through interviews, emails, instant messages, translated video footage and an AI (Artificial Intelligence) named AIDAN it felt more like a congressional investigation than a YA novel. But don’t be turned off by that explanation. It’s so much more – there is romance, mystery, action, government conspiracies, sci-fi fantasy, etc. It was a unique and wonderful space opera and I loved every minute of this listen. It’s one of the most original books out there today. I bought the print version as well for all the diagrams and pictures that can’t be experienced through audio. This is the rare book that both print and audio come together so perfectly.
The four readers really added to the realization of the story
The Pentagon Papers because the book is written like declassified government documents. I've never read a book written like this. It's a pretty cool format!
In other reviews, people are commenting that the audio version has been edited and the profanity beeped out. This is not the case. I read the book in ARC. It's is written like a released confidential government report. The swear words are blacked out in the text which is why they are beeped out in the audio. In my opinion, this doesn't ruin the story at all. If a story requires swearing to keep the reader's attention, it's probably not a very good story to begin with. Just saying....😎
This is by far the best book I have read in 2015 and the audio production is incredible as well.
The full cast adds so much to it and the sound effects build the tension.
The writing in this book is incredible as are the characterizations and the plot. It is smart, funny, and absolutely thrilling.
This is a great choice for anyone who likes adventure, space, love, or humor. It has it all.
One of the best books I've listened to.
Once I got into it a while, it was hard to turn my car off and go into work!
Wasn't a fan of the swear word censoring but got used to it quickly. Loved the way the story was told...very different and entertaining.
Give this a couple chapters and you will be hooked.
I love stories and traveling in a world beyond my own. I write them, read them, view them and now listen to them!
I honestly felt the most for AIDAN. I was equally scared of what he might do and remorsing his life playing out
My favorite scene was when AIDAN and Grant were sharing a moment at the end after the Lincoln arrived and the Infected were trying still to desperately get at her.
Survive the black to show the light
This is a re-read for sure. Normally I buy audio books because I think I might take too long to read, but in this case, I'll be looking for a physical copy.
For me personally yes, because the audio production was top notch!
Any of the Starbound series, they have similar sarcasm..
Ezra joking about the guy's sister. "I'm so tired, your sister wore me out"
Sooo normally I don't even leave reviews. I just rate the stars and keep it moving. But this book was sooo easy to listen to! I lost sleep staying up so I could find out what was going to happen next. I'm a definite Amie fan due to my minor obsession with the Starbound series so I was intrigued by illuminae based solely on the fact that she was the co-author. If you enjoyed Starbound I am pretty positive you will get hooked into this book as well. There's plenty of sarcasm (which I love in books) and the performers really deliver it naturally. I felt like I was listening to the conversations I have with my friends. There are also enough plot twists, tense/emotional moments that your attention is captured the entire time. As for the edited curse words someone complained about, I actually enjoyed this feature because I feel it stayed true to the layout of the paper version of the book. In an official report they would have been bleeped out those words as well.
Now to the performance and production..STANDING OVATION! I listen to ALOT of audio books and I mean ALOT. It was sooo enjoyable and easy to listen to this. I felt like it was a truly complete audio performance. Many of the audio books I've listened to are just narrative and nothing else. Which if the narrator is versatile with their voice still makes for a good listen. Buttttt the extra voices and background noises/music in this recording made this such an engaging listen! It was like hearing a sound drama(like the kind they used t play on the radio), rather than just a book narrative. I HATE that I have to wait for the release of Gemina, I can only hope the audio recording for it will be as good as Illuminae.
AMAZING story, FANTASTIC performance. Talk about emotional roller coaster. It is a bit difficult to adjust to the radio theatre type narration, but once you've got the hang of it,.you're golden. Can't wait for the next book.
Say something about yourself!
I enjoyed the action packed story and the narration was very good, but I can't say it blew me away. It was annoying when there was a curse word said, it was edited out with no sound. This took away from the enjoyment of listening to the book. It was frustrating to me and could kind of take you out of the flow of the story at times. I may have enjoyed reading this one more, instead of listening to it. I think if a book is edited in any way it should be known ahead of time. I know I could have returned it to audible, but it was a good story!
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