Hello everyone, hope you all had a great weekend! Today I’m here to do my spoiler free review of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Illuminae is a science fiction novel that was released in 2015 and though I only got to it this year, I really enjoyed it! It exceeded all of my expectations and I can’t wait to talk more about it in my review. Let’s get started ❤
Release date : 20 October 2015
Published by : Knopf Books for Young Readers
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.
My rating : ♥♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥
Buy it here :
Book Depository → https://www.bookdepository.com/Illuminae/9780553499117
Starting with the storyline, it was overall very well plotted and it was unlike anything I’ve ever read. Reading the book felt like I was watching a science fiction movie in my head. I was initially going to DNF the book ( which I’m now glad I didn’t ) because the first 150 pages or so were really slow paced and I was still trying to get used to the format so I was a little confused. but trust me when I say that the story picks up a whole lot once you hit the 200 page mark. After that, the storyline was like a bullet train. It was a wild ride and it was super intense. lluminae was actually also a very creepy read and there were certain parts of the book that just chilled me to the bone. As it is a survival story, parts of it did feel very real and it still haunts me. The story is full of big twists and turns and is guaranteed to bring you on a roller coaster journey of emotions
“You have me. Until ever last star in the galaxy dies.
You have me.”
There is also a tad bit of romance in Illuminae but it doesn’t consume the story. I like that the main focus is still on survival and the action but overall, I did enjoy the romance! As for the format that the story is told in, Illuminae is told using files, surveillance footage, im chats and it was so unique. It’s defintely going to be a little confusing at the start but once you get used to the format, you’ll find that it’s really amazing and creative. I loved some of the illustrations as it was so detailed and it brought the book to a whole new level.
The characters in Illuminae were really great! I really loved one of our main characters, Kady. She’s probably become one of my new favourite kickass female characters. She’s very brave and strong as most of the time she had to rely on herself. Kady is also very intelligent and we seriously need more female characters like her 🙂 I also really liked Ezra and Aidan as they are definitely interesting to read about. Pretty much all the characters in Illuminae are wonderful and I loved seeing each of their perspectives.
Overall, Illuminae was such an amazing read and I would highly recommend everyone to give this book a try! Do let me know in the comments in you’ve read Illuminae and whether you enjoyed it or not 🙂 Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in my next post, bye!