Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

23395680Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers; October 20, 2015

Format/Source: I bought the hardcover.

My Rating: 5 Stars

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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.

My Review

I’m going to try and keep this short and sweet. There isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been said. I absolutely loved this book. It was different and interesting and really cool.  The characters were great and the writing was spectacular.

I loved Kady. I thought she was really interesting. I loved how feisty she was and how she refused to leave things alone, when she knew the truth was out there for her to find.

I also really loved Ezra. I loved how he didn’t give up on Kady, even when she was ignoring him.  He deals with a lot during the story and manages to get through it all.

The format was absolutely brilliant. The story is told through files, gathered by the Illuminae Group, that cover surveillance footage, interviews, private chat messages, and so on. This is such a multi-faceted story that a regular format just would not have worked.

Overall, I really loved this book. I am a huge fan of sci-fi, so this book was right up my ally. I am very much looking forward to book two.


Happy Reading!

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

  1. I still haven’t read this one and I have the hardcover sitting on my shelf. I leafed through it and the format looks original and interesting, so I think I might really like it based on that alone. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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