Illuminae (Review)


by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Pages: 599 // Published: October 20, 2015 // Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance

My Rating: ★★★★★

Summary as provided by Publisher

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 one of the 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 Thoughts


Am I not merciful?

Am I not mother[effing] merciful?

This book. THIS BOOK. Guys, this booooooooook. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.

Space + War + Biovirus Zombies + Creepy AI + Romance = mind blown.

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The year is 2575, Kady Grant’s little planet is attacked by a rival corporation. Kady and her {now} ex-boyfriend, Ezra, are one of the few who escape to the evacuating fleet. That fact alone is exciting on it’s own and THAT IS ONLY THE BEGINNING FOLKS. A deadly plague is exposed to one of the ships and everyone is completely blindsided by the virus. Kady, the super hacker wonder-kid, digs deep down in the tangled web to determine the truth.

The format of this book was so different from anything I’ve read before. It’s incredibly alluring and it paints the story so beautifully. At first glance, I admit the format is off-putting. Even when I finally purchased the book, I kept pushing it aside. I read the first page 30 times before I decided to finally dive right in. Then I devoured it in 2 days! Who needs to shower or eat? right? Who am I kidding, I was eating the whole time.

This book red like a movie! You could feel the heartbeats, feel the pain, and see the action unravel itself. I do have one warning: do NOT get attached to anyone – like the walking dead, seriously. Or you are in-store for some heavy heartbreak, like I was. I also loved the amount of swearing in this book, it was so needed – because what these kids went through… Jeezzzz-us. I’ve read also that the audiobook is incredible as well, so that might be on my to-do list as well!

I especially enjoyed Lady + Ezra, but once AIDAN came on the scene. Creepy yet… I can’t even describe. Kady’s interaction with AIDAN was a huge highlight in the book for me, it was amazingly good.

If you’re a sci-fi nerd like I am, this is a no-brainer! And I can’t wait to read Gemina and Obsidio next.

Happy reading!!


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