Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | Book Review

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

IlluminaeThis 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.


So this book had me completely all over the place with emotions. At first, I couldn’t really get into it. It bummed me out because I had it so hyped up in my mind. I love it when books just immediately start with action packed scenes, and I thought that’s how this was going to be since everyone was raving about how they flew through it and couldn’t put it down.

I didn’t pick it up for 2 weeks.

I finally came to the conclusion that I just needed to suck it up and finish it because I really haven’t given it much time. People told me that shit really starts to go down once you meet Aidan and well...they were completely right.

One thing after another started to happen once I met him and holy freaking crap– It was crazy. I was flipping pages so fast it wasn’t even funny. I love how brave and courageous Kady is, yet she isn’t afraid to admit when she’s scared. She’s so damn sarcastic and witty. I just love her.

But Ezra, though… oh. my. He reminds me so much of my husband, which is probably one of the main reasons why I fell in love with him so much. He’s just so sweet, charming, hilarious. One of my favorite parts of this book was reading the dialogue between him and his friends. And also all of the sweet ass stuff he said to Kady… ugh. My ovaries.

So while I was confused as hell at the beginning of the novel (only because there was so many different company names & terms & my poor brain just couldn’t take it. Pathetic, I know, hush.) I ended up loving the crap out of this towards the end and was left immediately with wanting more.

I FINALLY understand all of the hype around this book and I am SO happy to say that this most definitely lived up to the hype. Thank God.


Illuminae by  Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files #1)

Published: October 20, 2015

Source: borrowed from library

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 599

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

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4 thoughts on “Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | Book Review

  1. My sister has been reading this for the past four months…By ‘reading’, I mean, reading it for a day, and then putting it down. I’m telling her to keep reading it now, to read at least until she gets to Aidan now – hopefully she’ll love it like you do! Especially since she’s not a reader…-sighs-

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