Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman REVIEW!

illuminaeIlluminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Pages:  608

Format: Hardcover (ARC)

Publisher: Knopf Books

My Rating: 4/5

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Synopsis: 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.



“There are no absolutes in life, save death.”

Now here is a book that lives up to the hype! See…hype is a tricky thing. It can raise expectations and do a bunch of bad things. I managed to hold off on reading this book since getting an ARC at BookCon in May. Now that I’ve read it, I understand the hype and WHY everyone loves it so much!

First of all, I would go into this book blind. I’m not a big fan of sci-fi books BUT I have noticed that I’ve enjoyed every sci-fi book I’ve read…weird, huh? Anyways, all I knew about this book was there is a little romance and it’s set in space. THAT’S IT. AND THAT’S ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW.

Starting off this book, you are thrusted into a world where you have to try and piece things together, but all the information is interesting, because..guess what??? IT’S NOT TOLD IN THE NORMAL WAY! Nope. You heard me right! This book is told through recovered videos, IM’s, documents, interviews and much more! I honestly admire how Amie & Jay decided to be extremely unique and different with this different book format! It’s a hit or miss for some people, and from what I’ve seen, it’s 98% a hit! (YAY!!!)

Okay, so what makes this book SO great besides the format? WELL, THE CHARACTERS! I feel like this book is character driven, and the characters in Illuminae ARE MY FAVORITE. Kady is our main character and not only is she relatable and in charge of a lot of serious business, but she’s just AWESOME. She has a great sense of humor, is brave and just amazing. I wouldn’t mind if she were my best friend! She’s honestly one of the BEST female characters I’ve ever read. She’s that great. Then we’ve got Ezra, which is fantastic. I love him, so so so so… so so much. (New book boyfriend material! That’s how serious it is.) Then we have AIDAN which I still have mixed feelings about. Overall, the characters are great and are definitely my favorite aspect of this story!

Only complaint about this book is that every once in a while there were a few pages that were boring to read. It was text just going on and on and it kind of seemed like info dumping, but not really? This book is really action packed, so when it wasn’t like that, I felt like things were just dragging. The plot was interesting, though! There was always something going on and it’s always making you curious on what’ll happen next!

Definitely recommend this book to any sci-fi lover or anyone in general! If you’ve read Illuminae what was your favorite aspect of this book?


8 thoughts on “Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman REVIEW!

  1. Lois says:

    This is without a doubt my most anticipated book of the year. After reading a preview of the book I craved to know more. I love the unconventional method the story is presented in and I have no idea what to expect but I’m excited to find out. I’m glad you enjoyed the book. Great review. 😀

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