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Publisher's Summary

Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment and Warner Bros are set to bring YA sci-fi novel Illuminae to the big screen.

The year is 2575, and two megacorporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice-covered speck. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their troubles are just beginning. A deadly plague has broken out on one of the spaceships and is mutating, with terrifying results. Their ship's protection is seriously flawed. No one will say what is going on. As Kady hacks in to a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her: Ezra. And the only problem with that is they split up before all this trouble started, and she isn't supposed to be talking to him.

A fantastically original, heart-stopping adventure where everything is definitely more dangerous than it seems.

©2015 Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • Matt Shepherd
  • 08-28-17

Read it Or regret it.

I read and listen to a lot of books and this sat on my phone for a while, i wasnt really keen on the writing format so was reluctant to try this even though i had bought it. But walking home one day realised i had nothing else left and was forced to listen to it. And im so glad i did.

I have read a lot of books from many genres, i mean brandon Sandersons my fave author. But this is hands down the best audio series i have ever heard and i write this review in the final few hourse of the second. Annoyed because i thought the third book was out.

The censoring of swear words was a little annoying but its explained in the story and you can easily tell what they are saying. The voice cast is great You will become attached to the characters quickly and become hooked by the mystery. The second quarter of book one is a little slow but from there it picks up speed like an avalanche contiuing into book 2 with an extended cast.

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  • Katy
  • 11-28-19

confusing and disjointed

very slow to start and laborious to listen to, everything is in either the form of an email or after action report or case notes. doesn't allow for the flow and action of the story to really develop, or for characters to be given much depth. And then half way thru you finally discover it's a zombie story but just set in space.
Brad Pitt can probably make it into a good zombie action movie, but the way its written as a novel, dont bother. going to swap it.

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  • Colleen
  • 04-03-18

Mind blowing

I loved this book so much. Was an amazing experience to hear the audio while reading along with the book. Great plot and action packed.

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  • Melissa Carter
  • 02-19-18

Now that's an audiobook

The performance of this audiobook is amazing. All the sound effects bring the book to life. It really adds to the creepyness that should be felt at times and the desperation.

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  • Jennie
  • 07-19-19

When the only person you trust is a computer....

A totally original, gripping and engrossing novel. Told from multiple perspectives - human, mechanical and from reports and recordings, the overarching theme is of a hostile takeover of a planet inhabited by an illegal mining company that uses biological warfare that results in those exposed becoming raving, aggressive and murderous.
Survivors are rescued by a fleet of damaged space ships. However they are tracked by a lethal warship intent on obliterating all evidence of the deed and all survivors.
Tough, resourceful computer hacker Kady is the main protagonist along with AI (Aiden) - the computer who manipulates events so that the captains no longer trust him.
This is a complex and thought provoking story with strong characters facing life and death moral choices. The audio version is magnificent - with out of space music, electronic beeps and sound effects, mechanical voices, along with passion and urgency in the human narrators - an engrossing performance. Although tagged as YA fiction older readers will be equally engrossed.

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  • Nat Venosi
  • 04-10-20

Awesome production!

Loved the characters and concept, so well done. Slow build up but wasn’t an issue, once it got going it was breathtaking and hard to put down. Had to listen to the last couple of hours without distraction. Too good! Bring on more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-31-20

What a story!

Couldn't stop listening. Amazing story with action, gore, wickedly clever plot and that hint of romance which never goes amiss! Very well spoken narrators just make the book so easy to keep listening to. Gave me goosebumps, had me laughing along and gasping at all the right moments!

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  • WA Reader
  • 09-12-19

A wonderful book read by a brilliant cast

The book is a piece of artwork but the audio version truly brings it to life.

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  • walter civitico
  • 03-01-19

Sci-fi for teenage girls

struggled to the end just wanting to know where the story was going putting up with long periods of wishy washy romantic drivel

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  • Anna G
  • 12-11-18

Unparalleled performance

The BEST audiobook production I have heard. I struggled to get into the book's text format but had my doubts as to how they would translate it into an audio. I'm so glad that I gave this a shot because the voices, the effects, the music, were all done exceptionally well! Just wow. The story was amazing too.

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