★ "Kaufman (the Starbound trilogy) and Kristoff (the Lotus War series) offer a stylistically mesmerizing tale, where story and art are interchangeable, and words act as pictures. " —Publishers Weekly
★ "Ambitious, heartbreaking, and out-of-this-world awesome. " —Kirkus Reviews
★ "Kaufman and Kristoff have created a fast-paced, quasi-political sci-fi thriller that is completely unique." —Booklist
"Alternately humorous, charming, horrifying and electrifying,
ILLUMINAE is unforgettable and a game-changer for its genre." —Shelf Awareness
"Prepare yourselves for Illuminae." —Entertainment Weekly
"A truly interactive experience for the reader... A fantastically fun ride." —MTV.com
"An exciting roller-coaster ride... This title will fly off the shelf." —Voice of Youth Advocates
"The characters are immediately real and with harrowing accounts, unexpected twists, and gut-wrenching selflessness, they become even more endearing over the course of the book. While reminiscent of the works of Isaac Asimov and Orson Scott Card, this work is a distinct piece that stands alone." —School Library Journal
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.