Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Title: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Published: October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
read in: June, 2015

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young adult • science fiction • dystopia • romance

Maybe some of us are more forthcoming than others when it comes to sharing deepest, darkest parts of ourselves.

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.


Very well, guys. After a whole day containing my excitement (which I didn’t do very well) here is my review of this book. If you read my previous post than you know where this is going. Beware of extremely annoying fan girl down below (I do not know her). Embrace yourself . .

Science fiction book wasn’t really my favorite genre. I do read and enjoyed them but they were a bit hard to connect  at certain times. When I started reading this I had prepared myself to read an interstellar galaxy thingy with a splash of dystopia. And my oh my this book is just madness. Pure madness. It’s beyond what I expected it to be.

Don’t let me start with the characters, guys. I have finally found my character boyfriend and that is Ezra Mason. Like if you ask me to choose one male character, I will without a doubt choose him. His character was sweet and humorous at the same time. I really love how the relationship grows in this book between Ezra and Kady. I didn’t find anything annoying in all of the characters, until the AI *ugh* ruins everything.

The basic plot was actually simple and similar to several sci fi movies like the AI gone mad thingy and living inside a spaceship in an soon-to-be-a-battlefield interstellar. So several times in the book I was like, “Okay, I know where this is heading.”. And then BAM! plot twist. An then BAM! again, another plot twist. And then that ending, what? I give a standing applause to you Mrs. Kaufman and Mr. Kristoff. Real clever, guys. Real clever. You’re really cruel, I hate you but I also love you.

I love the writing style. This is the first time I read a “found footage” type of writing style. So the chapters were literally written in some kind of recorded messages, security cam, or saved computer chats and emails, At couple first pages it was a bit confusing since we were thrown this random email of whom I didn’t know who he/she was in the book at the moment. But eventually, I got used to it and every chapter got more and more interesting. However, I felt like this book had some brutal parts in it that are probably suit for more mature YA reader. Just giving you a heads up so you won’t be shocked when the brutality kicks in.

Overall, I love love love this book SO FREAKING MUCH. And I don’t want you guys reading my unimportant blabbering here just so that you build a huge amount of expectation and this book end up being something flat. But I really really doubt that, because you just won’t.

I don’t know my limit, but I’m scared to reach it. I don’t know what will happen if I do.




15 thoughts on “Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

  1. I was pretty uncertain about this book (but I pre-ordered it anyway of course b/c I loved Alienated) but I am so glad you enjoyed it! I don’t know what I was worried about! I just reads a book that had a similar unique narration tactic, Everything, Everything; it was so different than what I am used to, but I really loved it. Looking forward to reading this!


  2. Haha, I’m glad you found your book boyfriend! 😉 This sounds like a fantastic read. It’s also a great plus that this is well written. I’m really excited now! And I love the gif you used for the cover, it’s so cool!


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