Monday, April 11, 2016

Illuminae #AtoZChallenge

One of the best audio books I have listened to is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Normally I wouldn't expect to like a book that features sound effects, but wow did it enhance this space odyssey!

Strong characters, space (the final frontier), an AI that would give Hal a run for his money, a sprinkling of zombies and a surprising ending left me hoping for a sequel (which I just found out is coming out in October!!). If you're not an audiobook listener, check out the physical book which is filled with maps, diagrams, briefings and more. One of the few books I want to own in multiple formats.

Here's the official summary:

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.
Speaking of Audio books... even if you don't have a long drive, you can still enjoy audio books. I sometimes listen to them when I clean the house and wow does the time fly by. I also sometimes listen to them while putting together a puzzle or coloring; toss in a glass of wine and you're in for one of the most relaxing evenings ever.

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