Book Reviews, Sci-fi, Young Adult

Illuminae by Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | Book Review

23395680Title: Illuminae

Author: Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Series: The Illuminae Files #1

Pages: 599

Publication Date: October 20th, 2015

My ranting: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.5


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing sheโ€™d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet thatโ€™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 Ezraโ€”who are barely even talking to each otherโ€”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 whatโ€™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.


“You have me.

Until every star in the galaxy dies.

You have me.”

I didn’t expected to like this book. I though it was so hyped somehow I wouldn’t enjoy it like other people and be a meh read to me. But guess what? BOY OH BOY I WAS SO WRONG.

I pick this book up not knowing anything about it. Only that it was a YA fantasy. Just that. And at the beginning I was super confused because I didn’t know what was going on. It wasn’t until page 100 or so that I started enjoying it. And holy guacamole, it was freaking fantastic.

“It’s not the bullets that kill you. It’s moments like this. One piece at a time.”

Let me start with the format, because I think this the most unique thing about Illuminae and why it is so different and special. The plot wasn’t mindblowing but due to the way it was written I can say it definitely blew my mind in so many levels. Even though at first there’s a lot of information thrown into your face and you’re just like ‘ummm…okay? But what?’, it gets better and better as you continue reading it.

ALSO IT IS ACTUALLY A THRILLER AND LEMME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE MY YA THRILLER/MYSTERY NOVELS. So mayyybee that won me a bit more, because I did not expect any of it to happen.

“Am I not merciful?”

And those sassy, sarcastic characters… *sighs* I love my sassy characters. And it was really cool to read from AIDAN’s POV- are you kidding me? It was super duper fantastic-. It is such a unique character (??) with not the best reasons but uggh it was quite a joy.

And oh, man, those plot twists. And that ending. I bought Gemina right after finishing it because yes, I’m that kind of reader and yes, I want to know what happened next. Even though I know it’s a companion series. BUT STILL.


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12 thoughts on “Illuminae by Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | Book Review”

  1. Ah, so glad to see you loved this! I hope you enjoy Gemina as well; I actually liked it more than Illuminae! โค And WHAT HOW DID I NOT KNOW YOU LOVE YA MYSTERY/THRILLERS??? That’s my fave genre omg. ๐Ÿ˜

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  2. I LOVE THRILLERS!!! I don’t read many YA ones but it sounds like something I should 100% try ๐Ÿ™‚ I hate it when books info dump and you can’t get into them until 100 pages in…. that happened to me with The Bone Witch and the last 70% I wanted to give 5 stars but couldn’t because the first 30% was like a 2!!!!!!! the struggle!! but seriously this has been on my TBR for a while, I just keep putting it off so I need to get reading.

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    1. You should read it! Even though the first 100 pages you’re trying to figure out what’s happening and there’s a lot of information given it’s not heavy because of the format the book is written.
      I hate when that happens! I honestly don’t know how to rate them after, because if the ending is really good I usually want to give it more stars… ๐Ÿ˜ง

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