Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff




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.

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Okay, let me just begin by saying that it’s been a f!&#*ng while since I last finished a book this fast – specifically in under 2 days, well just because I need to sleep. But you get the idea. This book is seriously addicting. Striked-out profane words an all!

It’s even better because this is probably the first book that I have ever read in this kind of format. It’s unconventional af. It was told using interview logs, emails, radio comms, cctv footage summaries, internal memos, chats, illustrations and all those sorts of things. The best part is, even if is told in such uniqueness, these pieces are all well stitched together to come up with an awesome story line.

So the story is about Kady Grant, an indifferent, somehow arrogant, computer genius, teenage girl who broke up with her boyfriend – Ezra Mason on the day their planet is being attacked by an evil, big corporation. They managed to escape but they were separated when one was put in a different space ship. Weird things happening like, the other ship getting wiped out, an acting out Artificial Intelligence, rekindling love story, the enemy’s ship still chasing them in space, people dying, brain disease spreading, people going crazy! It’s a whirlwind! Crazy, addictive kind of whirlwind. It’s just great, I haven’t read anything like it before.

The only thing that limits me to give it a full 5 star rating is because I’m quite annoyed with the lead female character. I mean okay, I get it, she’s putting up a tough face in the midst of all this drama. But I just find it a bit trying-hard when she’s trying to be humorous when the situation does not call for it. She’s not as lovable as her ex-boyfriend, that I can easily say. I just think her indifference and arrogance a little over exaggerating – I know, indifference and exaggerated, kind of ironic huh? But please get my point. Lol.

Anyway, it’s a really entertaining read, that I can assure you. I’ve seen very few people who did not enjoy this books just because of the way it was presented. I guess that really depends on the reader. This was something new to me and I’m glad I picked up the pace faster that I could give myself credit for. Haha.

Definitely recommended! I have to say though that it was really hard for me to think of any other obscene words other than f*ck and sh*t. Hahaha, you have to be really creative with this one cause all these bad words were censored. So excited for the next book in this series, Gemina.

Till next book!




4 thoughts on “Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

  1. So glad you enjoyed this one! I LOVED IT! Definitely one of my favourites 🙂 have you seen the cover for the next book. PERFECTION. I need it so bad XD.

    ANYWAY, this was a lovely review! Your blog by the way (which I stumbled across via Instagram) is so great! Everything looks great and your writing is fantastic. Great job!


      1. OCTOBER which means 7 months! Unless of course the book is pushed back in which case I will be DEVASTATED XD

        Its no problem, you deserve it! You genuinely do have a great blog, I’m glad they do inspire you however 🙂 Keep doing what you’re doing!


  2. Awww yay! Great review and I’m so glad you enjoyed this book Nikki 😀 I couldn’t put Illuminae down once I started it & I seriously adore the unconventional format ❤ I can't wait for the sequel!


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