Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Publisher: Knopf Books
Kindle Edition, 608 Pages
Published: October 20, 2015
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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.

Why did it take me this long to finally read Illuminae?! I need to stop DNFing books because this is what ends up happening. I found a gem and my goodness it was amazing. I received an ARC of Illuminae at BookCon in 2015, which the advanced copy was beautifully put together and breathtaking. I first started Illuminae shortly after I received the copy but later put it down. I've picked it up a couple of more times since then but I always ended up loosing interest. It is almost four years later and I finally read it and OMG I can tell I been really missing out! Upside: I can now binge all three books with out having to wait! 

Illuminae is told through a dossier of hacked documents (IMs, medical records, surveillance footage, interviews, AI reports and so much more!) which left me a little skeptical. I've read books with similar layouts before and sometimes that are hard to follow or get a grip on what is going on. I never struggled with following Illuminae. I loved the whole concept and idea and everything this book had going for it. It literally starts out with a interview and bother characters are discussing their breakup! The world is basically ending and they are rehashing their failed relationship. It's hysterical and so relatable at the same time. 

Illuminae is a book that will have you guessing until the very last page. Every time I thought I had something figured out, a new twist was thrown in and the plot moved in a whole new direction. I am so excited to see where Gemina is going to take the readers!

1 comment

  1. I just won 3 signed copies of the Illuminae series which I am about to start, having seen so many awesome things about this series, including this review!! Thank you so much!!


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