Illuminae Review

Review: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Title: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Published: October, 20 2015

Pages: 602

My rating: 4.5/5 🌟

Goodreads summary:
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 Ezraβ€”who are barely even talking to each otherβ€”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.

My review:


I’ll admit that it took me some time to get into the story, but after the first 200 pages I was completely hooked. This book is not told in the usual way: just one POV, a linear storyline… It’s a collection of interviews, reports, chat logs, emails and other cool documentation.

The format was amazing: for example in some pages there were images made out of words, others were almost all black with a few lines written in white.

At first I was a little hesitant about reading “Illuminae” as I’m not the biggest fan of sci-fi but I’m so glad I picked it up!

I LOVED the characters and their development.

Kady is badass, smart, strong and she never gives up. I loved her determination.

Ezra is super sweet and fun . I simply loved his adorable relationship with Kady, which wasn’t the main focus of the novel.

You have me. Until the last star in the galaxy dies, you have me.

The third main character is AIDAN: the artificial intelligence of the Alexander which is damaged and kind of goes insane. Somehow the authors have managed to give this computer a character development too.

Am I not merciful?

“Illuminae” is addictive, full of jaw-dropping twists and turns and it has an explosive finale that will steal your breath.

I highly recommend you to pick this book up if you haven’t yet. And if you have DNFd it without having read at least 200 pages please try again, you will not regret it.


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