I’m excited to have the Illuminae tour stop by the blog today with a fun guest post! I’ve got both Amie and Jay here today with a letter to their main character, Kady! Also don’t forget to enter to win before you go! Before we get to that, let’s see what this book is all about:
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 an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
Guest post by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
A Letter to Kady
Okay, first up, we’re sorry. WE’RE SORRY. Please don’t delete our back-up files, remotely active our car alarms or plaster our embarrassing baby photos all over the internet. We know you know how. And okay, maybe you’d be justified. We put you through some stuff in Illuminae. We can acknowledge that.
We’re particularly sorry about xxxxxxx xxxxxx xx x xxxxx xxxxxxxxxxx and we know you didn’t enjoy xxxx x xxxx xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxx, and we’re willing to admit that there’s basically no excuse for xxxxxxxx.
But come on, admit it. You didn’t even have a tiny bit of fun? Because we sure did.
We didn’t expect you to turn out the way you did. You started out as a spark of personality, the way all characters do, but you leapt to life faster than almost any character we’ve ever written. Your sarcasm, your snark and your sass showed up immediately, and you were funnier than we expected, too. You turned out ot be tough, as well! So tough, in fact, that as we edited, we had to delve into some of your journal entries to show a softer, more vulnerable side—one you prefer to hide. Sorry about that breach of privacy…
Because we know that although you prefer to hide it, you do have a heart. You grieved for the people that died. You cried, even as you risked your life to try and get the truth out, and saved the ones you loved. You risked everything, and you did it while staying very human to us. you did some amazing things, and they were amazing not because you were a supergirl, but because you weren’t.
Authors often say that characters come to life on the page, and demand that this thing or that happens. But of course ultimately, you do live on the page. Ultimately, you’ll do whatever we write. But perhaps what those authors mean is that some characters develop such a strong and vibrant presence, and so quickly, that the author just as quickly develops a sense of what that character would or wouldn’t do.
You showed up as strong as anyone we’ve ever written, and though you kind of took us by surprise, we love how your story turned out. As soon as you’re legal, we’d like to buy you a drink. You know—to make up for xxxxxx xxx x xxxxxxxx.
Amie and Jay
About the Authors
Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of the Starbound series. Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of the Lotus War series. Collectively, they are 12’5” tall and live in Melbourne, Australia, with two long-suffering spouses, two rescue dogs, and a plentiful supply of caffeine. They met, thanks to international taxation law, and stuck together due to a shared love of blowing things up and breaking hearts. You can learn more about Amie and Jay at amiekaufman.com and jaykristoff.com.
Thanks to Random House Children’s Books, I have a finished copy of Illuminae for giveaway (US & Canada only)