Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, is a science fiction story about determination. The main character, Kady Grant, is a high school girl living on the planet of Kerenza, where her parents work for a highly illegal mining company. A rival corporation, Bei-Tech, finds out about this illegal mining city, and instead of reporting them, decides to bomb them with biological weapons- they want these resources for themselves. Many of the civilians make it off-planet in launch ships and send mayday signals, and a governmental ship, the Alexander, shows up. The ensuing battle between the Bei-tech ships and the Alexander leaves the Alexander extremely damaged- its AI is haywire and dangerous, and it cannot open a wormhole gate to leave the area. Against all odds, Kady has to help the insane AI defend the civilians.
I thought that Illuminae was an interesting, well written novel. Instead of being written through third person, it is an amalgamation of text message logs, commentary on security camera clips, and audio files that is initially strange, but unique and still easily understandable. I think that people who enjoy science fiction novels would very much enjoy this novel- it has space travel, engineered diseases, and a crazy artificial intelligence. This novel was very tense and suspenseful, which I think made it hard to put down. I would definitely recommend this book.
Reviewed by NK, Grade 10