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For fans of Marie Lu comes the first book in an epic series that bends the sci-fi genre into a new dimension.

“A truly beautiful novel that redefines the form."Victoria Aveyard, bestselling author of Red Queen

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 a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

“Prepare yourselves for Illuminae.” EW.com

[Y]ou’re not in for an ordinary novel experience. . . . Bustle.com

“A truly interactive experience. . . . A fantastically fun ride.” —MTV.com

“[O]ut-of-this-world awesome.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred

★ “…stylistically mesmerizing.” —Publishers Weekly, starred

★ “[A]n arresting visual experience.”—Booklist, starred

★ “[A] game-changer.” — Shelf Awareness , starred

“Brace yourself. You're about to be immersed in a mindscape that you'll never want to leave.” —Marie Lu, bestselling author of the Legend trilogy

"Genre: Undefinable. Novel: Unforgettable." —Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures & author of Unbreakable

An exuberant mix of space opera, romance, zombies, hackers, and political thrills.”Scott Westerfeld, bestselling author of Zeroes and Uglies

Stunningly creative. Smart, funny, and romantic.” —Veronica Rossi, bestselling author of Under the Never Sky

“This is one of those rare books that will truly keep your heart pounding.” Beth Revis, bestselling author of Across the Universe

This book is xxxxing awesome.”
Laini Taylor, bestselling author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published on October 20, 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0553499114
ISBN-13: 9780553499117
5 Book Reviews
  • scythe123
    scythe1235 months55 stars
    5 stars srsly really picks the pace up after a while don't give up if you start this one pls
    • scythe123
      scythe1235 months55 stars
      I think the first interview was intriguing, but the next 100 pages or so were not that interesting, yet. (Pay a little attention to the word "yet".) Then, once the attacks begin, it reeeeaaaaalllllyyyyy picks up the pace. By that point, it was one of the most exciting books I have ever read, with breathless action and it feels like you can't take your eyes off. If you are willing to get there, then I would definitely recommend this.
      • illuminae
        illuminae7 months55 stars
        This book was absolutely amazing. I love Kady's personality, with her sarcasm and her contrasting sensitiveness. The action and science fiction make this a gripping book. This is one of my all time favorites.
        • kkgautamm
          kkgautammover 2 years55 stars
          amazing start to the series and i am so excited for the rest! i am loving the science fiction and adventure components of this novel pull it all together for a stunning story.
          • Darlene Lesageabout 5 years
            This book really made think about the future and what could happen if there were to be a nuclear war. The technology used is very advanced and so are the weapons. The storyline is more about love rather than survival. This book makes you question your ethics and to what extremities you would go to in order to save the ones you love.