I apologize in advance. This review is long and rambly.
Where to start with Illuminae?
Okay, here´s a curious thing about me: I can put up with a lot of stupid things in a book so long as I´m thoroughly entertained and it´s not getting too stupid.
Having said that, this is exactly what has happened while reading Illuminae: the first half of the novel has been entertaining and thoroughly engaging and I didn´t mind all the annoying stuff such as passive aggressive teenagers or ship captains, who kill off their best pilots for being disobedient, even though they are severely understaffed and are about to get blown up. And then there is the second half of the book and to be honest, I can´t even comprehend how boring and dumb the second half has been. I will come back to this later.
The most unique thing about this book is the structure. The novel is told in the form of a casefile, comprised of interviews, chats between characters, analysis reports of surveillance footage, after combat reports, diary entries and so on. I didn´t mind the structure and for the most parts I even liked the way the story has been told, adding a lot of excitement to the story. Of course, a downside to the structure is that I couldn´t build up an emotional connection to any of the characters. They could have died, every single one of them, and I wouldn´t have cared one bit.
There were passages I started to skim-read, though. Especially the chats, whether it being the one between the two main characters Kady (ByteMe) and Ezra (Mason, E), who mostly went along those lines
Mason, E, LT 2nd: Luv u
ByteMe: Luv u 2
Mason, E, LT 2nd: <3
or the chats between Ezra and his friend James, which are the most mind numbingly stupid conversations ever written
McNulty, J, Sgt: jus saw you head back to your rack wut news chum
McNulty, J Sgt: chum
McNulty, J, Sgt: mason
McNulty, J, Sgt: ezramaaaaaaassssoooonnlSrnbopNRB[onerb
McNulty, J, Sgt: I guess they didn´t shoot u
Mason, E, LT 2nd: nope, not me
McNulty, J, Sgt: good news for ms hottie and my young namesake
But still, I enjoyed this book up until the point where the AI, Aidan, gets introduced. And from this point onward, I will put everything behind a spoiler tag, because I´m going to spoil the heck out of this book:
Just writing about this book brings back all the rage, so I´m changing my rating to one star. Really hated this book.