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Illuminae: Fan News!

Sunday, August 9, 2015
For fans of Marie Lu and James Dashner comes the first book in an epic new series,

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By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Amie Kaufman, the award-winning co-author of the Starbound series, and Jay Kristoff, the award-winning author of the Lotus War series, have joined together to create an innovative and enthralling sci-fi thriller, ILLUMINAE (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers | On sale October 20, 2015). A heart-stopping, high-octane story about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes. The first book in a trilogy, ILLUMINAE is a game changer.

ILLUMINAE (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers | On sale October 20, 2015 | $18.99)


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 one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But pursuit by battleship is the least of their worries. Their fleet’s artificial intelligence—which should be protecting them—may actually be an enemy. And a plague is slowly ravaging the fleet with terrifying consequences. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking in search of the truth, she realizes that there’s only one boy who can help her bring everything to light . . . and of course, it’s her ex-boyfriend, Ezra.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—ILLUMINAE is a ground-breaking, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that will draw teen and adult readers of James Dashner, Rick Yancey, and Veronica Roth yet stands on its own with Kaufman and Kristoff’s unique storytelling.

« “…a stylistically mesmerizing tale, where story and art are interchangeable, and words act as pictures. The more experimental sections may require extra effort on readers’ parts, but the result is worth it.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

« “Ambitious, heartbreaking, and out-of-this-world awesome.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“An exuberant mix of space opera, romance, zombies, hackers, and political thrills, told with eccentric aplomb. ILLUMINAE is both the weirdest and most heartfelt thing you'll read this year. ”
—Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies and Zeroes

“Absolutely brilliant. This is the sci-fi I've been waiting for!”
—Beth Revis, bestselling author of Across The Universe on Amie Kaufman’s These Broken Stars


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  1. Beth W said...:

    And everything I've read about it (including early reviews) make it sound FANTASTIC. I shouldn't be surprised- those are two great authors in their own right- but whenever a co-authored book is seamless, I'm impressed. Co-authoring sounds to me like an incredibly difficult venture.