Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This is pure science fiction with a bit of a romantic twist. I originally listened to this book on audio and the story had me totally hooked. It tells the story of the gradual destruction of a planet in the year 2575 through the war between two mega corporations. Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet and the ship’s protection is gradually failing. Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth and there’s only one person she can talk to – Ezra who is on another ship. The story is told through dialogue, email extracts, transcripts and prose; this takes a bit of getting used to but once you’re into the swing of things, it is a fabulous read with a great twist at the end.
This is the first in a trilogy of books – probably suitable for year 8/9 and above due to the complexity of the presentation of the text. Highly recommended.