Book Review // Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Hell0! How is everyone? Who’s looking forward to the weekend? I know I am. Today I am going to share my thoughts on Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.



Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Publishers: Allen and Unwin

Genres: Young Adult, Science – Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Space opera

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
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.


illuminae 1.jpgI am finding it so hard to gather my thoughts for Illuminae. This book blew my mind! The writing style is so unique and interactive. The plot and idea is just so original to me. I honestly think this is my favourite sci-fi read of all time and I know I will be reading it again in the future.

There were so many awesome elements and surprises that played with my mind and emotions. I kept letting my guard down and turns would just be thrown at me. I learnt my lesson not to trust anyone but the 2 main characters, Kady and Ezra, who are the cutest couple ever.

I loved all the characters, even the ‘bad’ ones. Ezra is so funny, caring, loving and just the nicest person, same goes with Kady. Going into the story, I kept thinking to myself how I wasn’t connecting to the characters but then something happened to a certain character and I realised, oh my gosh, I love and care for these characters with all my life.

The romance didn’t take over the plot at all, as Ezra was being a cyclone pilot protecting the spaceships from Lincoln, while Kady was busy hacking into confidential files and finding the answers thar no one is willing to give her.

The only real problem I have with Illuminae is the extreme lack of world building. There are no descriptions of the surroundings, but I knew that would be the case with the very unique writing style. It was actually really cool to picture everything myself, it was like I had my own personal Star Wars movie going through my mind.

The plot was fairly fast moving and kept you on your toes. There were some segments that weren’t particularly exciting, but somehow I kept coming back to find out what happens. You hit the climax smack bang in the middle of the book, I had to put the book down and just think, ‘If this is the climax, what more is left to happen?! There are 300 pages left?!’

I honestly have no words to explain this novel, it’s just so incredible! This book is so unique and intriguing and I can’t wait to read the next one, Gemina. I highly recommend Illuminae to everyone to read.


Alright, thanks for reading and I hope you have a good weekend! Let me know if you’ve read Illuminae, if so, what are your thoughts on it?Riana, Fictional worlds & mE.jpg


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