Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

23395680Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 20th 2015
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Epistolary

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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.


It’s true what they say. You don’t need to be a fan of science fiction to love this book. I, for one, am not and I could reread the hell out of this book.

The rumours are true. This is an addictive story told in letters, interviews, journal entries and other cool documentation. For creativity alone, this book deserves five full stars.

How convenient that Kady’s world is attacked right when she decides to break up with her boyfriend. I live for good irony. Kady and Ezra keep in touch after they both embark different ships. They help each other navigate their new environments.

This is as much a romance as it is a science fiction story. Kady and Ezra’s flirting is so eye-roll-worthy, but a kind of eye-roll-worthy that makes you smile at the same time. I was rooting for them with much intensity.

I do feel I had trouble connecting with characters other than the three main ones—just wait until you meet the glorious Aidan! It’s not that they are not present enough—though that is arguably true—; it’s that to me they were only names on paper. I barely knew anything about them, so how could I possibly get attached? Many died and I didn’t bat an eye.

So is this a perfect book? No, definitely not. But is it enjoyable to the point of waving off its flaws? Certainly. I was intrigued, amused, mystified and charmed all at once. I could complain about other little elements, like unimportant files that could have been cut, but I don’t really want to right now. I kind of just want to dive into the sequel, if that’s okay 😉


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6 thoughts on “Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

  1. I completely agree with you! I think it’s best to go into this book without knowing too much about it, because even though it is scifi it’s still soooooo different from other scifi books. Nailed this review 😀


  2. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this. Its actually been on my wishlist for awhile but I don’t really know anything about the story – which sounds like good thing in this case – but now I really hope I can pick it up soon. Great review!


  3. This book is EVERYWHERE. I’ve been wanting to read it, but I’m scared I won’t be able to really get into it because of the format. Maybe I’ll see if I can get it from the library soon, because I am really curious! Lovely review! I hope you enjoy the next book!


  4. I loved this one! But you are right, you really only scratch the surface of the characters and their backgrounds. That’s one of the issues with the format of the novel. Then again, I think you would also lose some of the charm of the story if the format was something else.


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