Jan 1, 2016

Illuminae by @AmieKaufman & @misterkristoff {Audiobook Review}

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
(The Illuminae Files, #1)
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 11 hours 41 minutes

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 an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
I'm going to be honest; I picked this book up at BEA because they were really marketing it and there was a copy, so I figured . . . why not? I'll give it a try. The worst that will happen is I won't like it and that will be that. Then I looked inside and was like - how am I going to read this? It's crazy so I put it on my shelf for being different. I've had a really rough year reading wise and I just was picky this year. So it stayed on my shelf, untouched. Then a friend of mine recommended the audiobook. I had just finished listening to Winter and I was so blown away by that one that I took her advice. I used one of my credits and got the book. I immediately started listening to it and I was hooked. So first, I'm going to talk about the audio aspect of this book and then I'm going to talk about the story.

The narrator for Ezra has the sexiest voice around. I have to put that out there. This character is epic, on like insanely epic levels BUT the narrator brings a whole new aspect to his epicness. I don't even think that's a word but I'm going with it because, why not? I can't tell you how many times I laughed out-loud which was a mix between the words written to the way he spoke them. It was a combination and oh my gosh, was this combination perfectly executed. Whoever casted him, I want to hug you so hard. So so so soooo hard. But let's take the fangirl now down a notch and talk about Kady (which, up until a week ago, I was spelling it Katie because you don't see spellings when listening to audiobooks); I really liked her, too. Her personality is a bit more dry and she really executed her down to a tee. Honestly, can we just hug the sh** out of the person who casted this? Cause seriously - the feels <error> I can't even find the words <error> Perfection.

Now that that is out of the way, let's talk story. I was hesitant at first. I'm a sucker for romance and I need a good romance in all my stories or I usually lose interest. How is that going to work when the love interests are one separate ships? HOW?! But wow. WOW. These two know how to make it work so much better than I could've ever imagined. It was sexy, it was sweet, it was funny (it was really funny, actually) and it was heartbreaking. It was everything it should've been had they been together, physically but it was more and it was great.

My heart was heavy at the end. Toward the end. I thought one thing, thought another - couldn't keep my emotions at bay and I was just depressed and hurting. There was no other way to describe how this book made me feel. It made me feel everything. I was happy, I was sad, I was crying from laughter, I was crying from pain, I was hopeful, I was accepting of the worst fate possible, I was feeling everything. When a book makes me you feel everything I felt, the authors did their job perfectly.

Read this book. Whether it's on paper on in your ears, you need to. I highly recommend the voices in your ears but you do what you're comfortable with. I will say, I've only listened to two audiobooks in full so I'm not an audiobook regular but I'm becoming more and more satisfied with this way of reading. It's a completely new experience and I absolutely believe this narration brings this book to life. It also has sound effects which are brilliant.

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