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Illuminae opens with Ezra & Kady’s relationship and I must say, it is a quick and effective way to rope readers into the plot. Romance works because it’s universal, especially when it’s combined with upturned lives and the end of your everyday routine as you know it. I was already rooting for their relationship by page 10. Despite the graveness of the situation, Kady’s and Ezra’s personalities and attitudes towards each other crack me up, and it especially shines through the use of instant messaging and email. With these mediums, authors can get away with grammatical rules and at the same time, build an atmosphere that feels familiar to readers despite the fact that this book is set on another planet and in deep space. My kudos to the authors because although these formats are used, this book doesn’t feel juvenile at all.
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff will pull the rug out from under you, knock the breath out of you, make you want to pull your hair out. I got goosebumps.