REVIEW: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


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.


The synopsis does not do this book justice…

You have a break-up, a massacre, a broken fleeing fleet, a murderous super computer, a zombie/psycho virus, and an epic space battle….in that order. It was so much more than I could have hoped for – and I had high expectations to start with!
I was apprehensive about the unique formatting of the narrative, but quickly fell in love with it. Every page holds an new and unexpected development AND crazy visuals (The Scream anyone?)

I really can’t praise this book enough. Plot twists on top of the romance on top of a child dragging around a human heart…convinced yet.

Amazingly, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff managed to make all of these elements work harmoniously and managed to create this beautiful in-depth world through crazy narrative formatting.

Even though this book is 599 pages, you fly through it. It’s fast-paced and most pages aren’t flooded with words – i.e. the instant messaging or space battle pages.

Even if you’re not a fan of sci-fi or romance you will love this because you love awesome.

The characters – on point.
The “world” – perfect.
The story – a crazy, wild ride with the best plot twists (the end OMG).


p.s. please release the next book asap. Thanks.


Rating: 5/5 Stars


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