Review: Iluminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Series: The Illuminae Files _01
Authors: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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.

BRIEFING NOTE: 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.

Umm….My mind is pretty much blown from reading this book. Excuse me as I try to make any sense in this review. It’s probably going to be one big ramble!

Illuminae was pure genius. Everything about it was amazing. I loved the way the story was presented. The format was so very smart. It made the story fast-paced and easy to become engaged in. I credit the format for making me, a non science fiction fan, a lover of this book. Well, the format and the characters.

I absolutely loved Kady and Ethan. I was amazed at how well I got to know them and how well developed their characters were despite Illuminae not being told directly from their point of views. Their communications were probably my favorite in the entire book. I couldn’t help root for them. I also loved every supporting character I got a glimpse of throughout this tale.

Honestly, I have no clue what else to say. Illuminae had been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read for over a year. I’m pretty mad that I let it sit all this time. It is totally worth any and all hype it’s received. Don’t be like me and wait any longer to read this book. Push it up to the top of your TBR list now.

Now, excuse me while I go purchase Gemina.

17 thoughts on “Review: Iluminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff”

  1. I haven’t gotten around to reading this, but I have heard nothing but good things about this series. I’m so glad to see you enjoyed it, too.

    Great review! 🙂

  2. YES! So glad you enjoyed this book. I agree with you about Kady and Ezra, I loved the way they communicated with one another and I was so happy that I was emotionally invested in them even with the oh so creative narrative. I need to read Gemina ASAP!

  3. Yay! I gave this book 5 stars too. I’m so glad you loved it because it’s amazing! The formatting was a little annoying in places (only where it made it hard for me to read the book), but overall it was such a wonderful experience.
    Gemina is also brilliant 🙂

  4. So glad to hear you liked this! I bought it when it first came out, and it’s been sitting on my shelf ever since, unread. I’m really going to have to get on the ball and read it (although I might buy Gemina first, since I have the feeling I’m going to want to tear through them both!). Awesome review!

    1. Thanks! Yes, I was the same way. It sat forever. I threw it in my bag when I went to the mountains for the weekend so I had no excuse not to read it! So glad I did.

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