The Book Beat: Until you see them by starlight

The year is 2572. Kady Grant is having a bad day at school, sitting across the room from the boyfriend she broke up with less than 12 hours before. She has an even worse day when her planet is attacked by a massive space fleet owned by a futuristic megacorporation, and she has to flee for her life with her ex. So opens “Illuminae” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, a daring new young adult thrill ride that turns every expectation for YA novels upside down. The book is epistolary, in that the events are told through interviews, messages, emails, files and video transcripts, making readers feel as if they are experiencing the story in real time. Kady and her ex, Ezra, are evacuated by the government fleet, consisting of…

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