Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

IlluminaeGenre: YA Science Fiction
Pages: 608
Publisher: One World
Format: Proof Copy
Source: Rock The Boat
Rating: 5 stars
Buy the Book: Waterstones, Amazon, The Book Depository

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.


I received this book in exchange for an honest review but this did not affect my opinion at all.

Sometimes a book comes along that everyone is talking about but still you don’t expect much from it. You start to read it and then you realise that everyone should be talking about this book because it’s bloody amazing. Illuminae is one of those books.

When this book came through the letterbox, I was excited to read it but the length of it put me off. 600 pages?! I’m the sort of person who would much rather read a collection of shorter books rather than one really huge book. However as it was a book that I had requested for review, I thought that I should probably pick it up. So I did and here I am, two days later raving about it. I read about 50 pages one day but then I got distracted by other things however today, I picked it back up and read the other 550 pages of it in one sitting. So to say that I became obsessed with this book is a understatement.

I am not a big science-fiction reader. It’s not because I don’t like it but it is mainly because I don’t really get attracted to science-fiction that much. So this book felt like a completely new experience as I haven’t read many books set in space, if any. The complexity of this universe and this plot drew me in straight away because whilst at times, it was a little bit confusing, I wanted to learn more. I wanted to learn more about what the universe was like. I just wanted to learn about everything that Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff had created. This book was heart pounding, exhilarating and scary. I was constantly getting freaked out and scared but I did not want to stop reading.

However, I never would have kept reading if it was not for the main characters. Kady is by far one of my favourite female fictional characters of all time. I loved everything about her. Her pure sarcasm, her undying loyalty, her awesome computer abilities and also how badass and independent she was. I mean she kicked some ass in this book. Not literally but figuratively. If that makes any sense at all. Ezra perfectly mirrored Kady. Whilst he had some similarities with Kady, he was sweeter, gentler and a lot more romantic. I honestly cared for these two and shipped them incredibly hard. I also grew to care for all of the other characters, even the morally ambiguous ones such as Aidan.

I can’t review this book without talking about how it was set out. The 600 pages flew by due to the layout of the book. It was never written in straightforward text. Instead it was set out in emails, IMs, maps and various other random things. I mean, this book was a literal piece of art at times. It felt so incredibly realistic and just wow. I’ve never read anything like it before but I want to read more like it. I hope that the next two books in what I assume is going to be a trilogy are set out the same way because I loved it. Despite the fact that it is not set out in straight text,  Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff still show off their incredible writing style through beautiful sentences dispersed throughout.

This book is amazing and it’s going to be BIG. I mean really really BIG. When this book comes out in October, everyone is going to love it so you should look out for it too. This is definitely a book to fall in love with.

5 thoughts on “Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

  1. I was so excited to get a review copy of this, because EVERYONE has been raving about how amazing it is! Glad to see you liked it so much, because I’m not a huge sci fi reader either, so hopefully I’ll enjoy it as much as you did!

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