Hey VF readers,
with this week's VF book review on the book entitled "Illuminae"
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Recommended for fans of: Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, 2001 A Space Odyssey
Conspiracy theorists, amateur detectives, sci fi fanatics, and computer geeks alike will find this bizarre and haunting novel impossible to put down.
The first installment in a new trilogy, Illuminae is something special. Written as a case file, the pages twist and turn with riveting layouts designed to make you feel as though you're digging through compiled papers and reports.
Words are scratched out, circled, and highlighted. There are pages of schematics and illustrations, none of which should be skimmed over. The story jumps from recovered psych files to video surveillance to medical documents, slowly unraveling a series of terrifying events.
Out in the remote regions of space, a small mining colony on the planet Kerenza finds itself under attack by a rival corporation. Bombed, shot down, and hit with biological weapons, only three ships of refugees manage to escape. With only one military ship between them, the small fleet realizes their best chance is to make a run for it. Unfortunately their attacker, BeiTech Industries, doesn't want any witnesses left alive.
The fleet has few advantages other than a head start. The ships are manned mostly by civilians and research scientists, they have few supplies, and their artificial intelligence system may be damaged beyond repair. The odds are stacked against them.
The true magic of this story is its protagonists. Kady and Ezra are two teenage refugees with nothing left in the world except for each other. Stranded on different ships they begin sending one another messages. It's through these recovered messages, dug up and added to the case file, that we begin to piece together the tragic fate of the Kerenza refugees.
I highly recommend buying the hardcover of this book because it is beautifully made. If you can only go for the ebook version, don't worry, it's still fantastic.
Written by Gigirose