Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Published October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Young Adult Sci Fi

Goodreads Summary:
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: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


This is the best sci-fi book I’ve read since Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.  The writing is unique. The plot is awesome and oh my god the twists. I could not put this book down.

I immediately fell in love with the cover. The colours are so vivid and vibrant that it immediately caught my eye. And what more, it has an acetate dust jacket! And when you remove it, the actual book cover’s design is made to look like files. And it’s really cool since the writing format of the book is a compilation of files, interviews, and chat logs.

I loved Kady’s character so much. She’s awkward, geeky, sassy and antisocial. She basically just wants to stay under the radar during her entire stay at the Hypatia. She’s fiercely loyal to the people she loves and would do anything for them. Her boyfriend Ezra is a total sweetheart, and I loved their dynamic.

The world building for this is amazing! It’s amazing how they were able to pull it off, considering that they used a unique way to tell the story. The story is full of plot twists and turns, told from varying perspectives. Not much of sci-fi novels could make me feel the feels but Illuminae did it.There are a lot of characters which I grew to love as well, and some parts were super creepy, I had goosebumps while I was reading it.

I highly recommend this book. Go grab a copy, now!

The sequel Gemina is also a few weeks away, and I’ll be sure to grab a copy right away. I need to know what happens next in this series!

Okay I’ve found a few “easter eggs” inside the book. Mainly these are:

  • Leigh Bardugo, George Martin (GRRM Maybe?), Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s names appearing in the Copernicus casualty list
  • Laini Taylor’s name pops up in there too (page 157)
  • Marie Lu and Beth Revis are written as co producers in the movie poster

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