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Book Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

23395680Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Format: Hardbound
Publisher: Knopf Books
ISBN: 0553499114
Genre: Sci-Fi, Young Adult, Fiction
Number of Pages: 599
Date Published: October 20 2015
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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.



Am I not merciful?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is the most unique, intense, mind-blowing book I’ve ever read! I’ve never had any reading experience that can match the one I had with Illuminae. The book is beautiful, it has nice visuals… Its a piece of art! I wanna give the authors a pat on the back for creating this book/ dossier. Wow, just… WOW!


THE WRITING. The writing is so fantastic! Those collection of files/ dossier made the reading experience so much realistic. The book’s visual is so stunning, I can’t stop myself from flipping the pages and marvel at its beauty. The book has its funny moments and moments of action and insanely creepy scenes especially when I was reading the reports of the doctors from the space shuttle Copernicus. That “Pathogen Zero” is one hell of a biochemical weapon, really really creepy. I love how the authors blew my mind. It took me a while to get into the book but probably after a hundred pages, I was breezing through it. 

THE PLOT. The plot of the book reminds me so much of Titanic with the mix of Resident Evil into it plus a drizzle of some Star Wars-y and Star Trek-y feels into it. It has its moments of action and moments of confusion and drama, everything in just one book. There’s politics in it, scenes where the authors deceived their readers about what had happened to those characters. Its fast paced and action packed, the plot progression is. (Wait… Yoda). I love everything about this books, even though at some point there are parts of it that broke my heart.

THE CHARACTERS. I love how diverse and relatable the book’s set of character’s are. We don’t really hear much from them aside from their e-mails and IMs and the occasional narration of an Illuminae affiliate but they all felt so real. I love the development of romance between Kady and Ezra as their romance, it ain’t so teeny boppy and the book doesn’t center into it. AIDAN, ugh I came into liking that insane AI, at some point I think it’s developing humanity and feeling towards Kady (???) Man, I thought we’re about ta have a Vision-Sacrlet Witch moment there at the Alexander because I actually thought AIDAN is in love with Kady’s with and coding abilities. That moment between Kady and Byron in the Alexander shocked the f*** outta me, I mean I kinda saw it coming but then I thought that the authors might save him. And aww, that ending in the landing pad/ airlock on Hypatia had me in tears. This Illuminae group is so bad ass! Kady! *hearty eyes*

 THE END. Mind… BLOWN! ’nuff said


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