Kady and Ezra's love life is already in ruins when a mega-corporation drops a biological bomb on their remote planet.
They are thrown together in the fight for survival then separated when the entire population evacuates the planet.
With a battleship intent on destroying all fleeing survivors, virus sufferers whose only desire is to kill and an artificial intelligence that turns on those it is meant to protect, enemies are everywhere.
Not only does the action keep spiking, each main character and even a few minor ones feel three dimensional through their conversational quirks. No wonder Brad Pitt optioned the movie rights for Illuminae within weeks of the book's publication.
The only difficulty I had was that I couldn't wait to devour the sequel immediately after.
Author: Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $16.99
Publication Date: 1 November 2015
For ages: 13+
Type: Young Adult