Illuminae Cover


By Amie Kaufman; Jay Kristoff

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780553499117, 608pp.

Publication Date: October 20, 2015

For fans of Marie Lu comes the first book in an epic series that bends the sci-fi genre into a new dimension.
A truly beautiful novel that redefines the form." Victoria Aveyard, bestselling author of "Red Queen"
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 a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra who are barely even talking to each other are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet's AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what's really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it's clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she"swore"she d never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more "Illuminae"is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
Prepare yourselves for "Illuminae."
Y]ou re not in for an ordinary novel experience. . . .
A truly interactive experience. . . . A fantastically fun ride.
O]ut-of-this-world awesome. "Kirkus Reviews," starred
stylistically mesmerizing. "Publishers Weekly," starred
A]n arresting visual experience. "Booklist," starred
A] game-changer. "Shelf Awareness," starred
Brace yourself. You're about to be immersed in a mindscape that you'll never want to leave. Marie Lu, bestselling author of the Legend trilogy
"Genre: Undefinable. Novel: Unforgettable." Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of "Beautiful Creatures" & author of "Unbreakable"
An exuberant mix of space opera, romance, zombies, hackers, and political thrills. Scott Westerfeld, bestselling author of" Zeroes "and" Uglies"
Stunningly creative. Smart, funny, and romantic. Veronica Rossi, bestselling author of "Under the Never Sky"
This is one of those rare books that will truly keep your heart pounding. Beth Revis, bestselling author of "Across the Universe"
This book is xxxxing awesome.
Laini Taylor, bestselling author of "Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

About the Author

Jay Kristoff grew up in the most isolated capital city on earth and fled at his earliest convenience, although he s been known to trek back for weddings of the particularly nice and funerals of the particularly wealthy. Being the holder of an arts degree, he has no education to speak of. He is six feet, seven inches tall and has approximately 13,160 days to live. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and the world s laziest Jack Russell terrier. Visit him online at