Friday, November 27, 2015

Review: Illuminae

Title: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 599

Rating: Five Cows 

Goodreads Description:

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.

One of the best Science Fiction novels I have ever read! The visual stimulation that the writing format gives you is exhilerating, and it keeps you on your toes. Or at least makes you stretch out your arms a little bit so they don't lock up after hours of holding the book. :) The story itself was thrilling in the best way. My heart rate hardly ever made it down to normal throughout the last three halves of the book, AND THAT ENDING! These two authors together are a force to be reckoned with, the writing of this masterpiece was EPIC, and the multiple POV's allowed even more insight to the happenings and feelings going on. Although I will say, reading AIDAN's POV was chilling and I am now slightly terrified of advanced technology. 

Please go pick this up if you haven't already! It's one of the best novels I have read this year, and the second book needs to be in my hands ASAP!



  1. One of my favorite YA/Sci-fi reads this year. I loved the visual component.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  2. I just did not love this one as much. I loved the banter between the couple and Aiden was craziness. But I think I just got jumbled up in all the ship stuff and sci-fi that I had a hard time connecting.
    p.s. I liked Alienated a lot :)
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  3. I absolutely loved Illuminae, it was one of my favorite books of the year! I sped through reading it, and the formatting was amazing


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