Words by Charlotte Selby

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Blurb: “The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice covered speck. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their troubles are just beginning. A deadly plague has broken out on one of the spaceships and it is mutating with terrifying results. Their ship’s protection is seriously flawed. No One will say what is going on.

As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her. Ezra. And the only problem with that is they split up before all this trouble started and she isn’t supposed to be talking to him.”

The story follows partners Ezra and Kady who live on the planet Kerenza. When Kady breaks up with Ezra it feels like the end of the world to him only he doesn’t expect the world to actually end. Kerenza is invaded and the people are evacuated. Ezra and Kady end up on separate ships.

Kady manages to hack into the systems and communicate with Ezra. They feed information to each other about what’s happening on their ships and Kady uses her hacking abilities to get into classified documents. Through doing this, she discovers that one of the ships is infected with an air-born virus and those contaminated have been going on a killing spree.

This book had a lot of hype around it and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard “illuminae” mentioned in various booktube videos. Science Fiction is not something I tend to enjoy, so I went into this with the intention of not letting the hype dictate my expectations.

This book is told in such a fantastic, unique and creative way. The pages vary from transcripts of conversations, to classified medical files, to computer code. It made me feel like some kind of secret agent reading it, that if I wasn’t quick enough in devouring the words that I might be caught before I got to the end.  It is the kind of format that I can’t imagine any book to copy it would generate the same reaction in me.

It’s not often that I am left without enough words to sum up a book.

But if I had to go with something, I’d say this book is unparalleled and you should definitely read it.

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