Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Published: October 20th 2015 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.

BRIEFING NOTE: 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.

I didn’t pick up this book for the longest time because I was literally so convinced that I wasn’t going to like it based on the way that it is set up. So I kept putting it off and putting it off… and now I feel like I could (and should) kick myself! I absolutely loved this book and I could not put it down!

So, I was shopping at the weekend, and whilst searching for a completely different book, I decided to bite the bullet and by a hardback of this book. I am so glad that I did! I absolutely loved the way that this was set up. It was so unique and it definitely kept me turning the pages. This book is set up in a case file/dossier made up of IM’s, documents, footage from cameras etc. It took a couple of pages to get used to the way this book is set up, but as soon as I did, I physically could not put it down. I HAD to know what was going to happen next and I loved the fact that the story was told in a completely unique way.

I also love the fact that, despite the unique set up, I was still able to connect with the characters and form that reader/character relationship that I feel is a must with any book I read. I actually feel like the set up helped create an even more unique relationship because I feel like – with hacked documents, footage etc. we’ve gotten an insight into characters in a way that we never would have done if it was written in the normal sense. I empathised with all of the characters here (including AIDAN – despite everything) and I found myself wanting them to succeed and pull through – even though things were looking grim!

With everything going on, I never once had the feeling that there was too much to keep up with – which I think deserves a medal considering how much was actually going on. I felt it was really easy to keep up with everything and where we were and I feel like the plot, along with the character development, kept me hooked. All of the events flowed and were kept together pretty well. I loved the fact that there were briefing notes on the corner, which constantly kept the idea that we were reading a dossier fresh in the readers minds.

All in all, I absolutely adored this book and I CANNOT even wait to get my hands on a copy of Gemina! I need more and I could definitely kick myself for not picking this up sooner! I gave this book 5/5 stars!

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11 thoughts on “Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

  1. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Great review for this book Lauren. I put this one off a little bit after it was first released just because of all the hype surrounding it, but by the time I started it I was hooked like you. It’s a stunning book isn’t it, both in terms of the story and how it’s written.
    I hope you enjoy Gemina just as much. I saw on GR you’ve already started it! 😀

    • lry93 says:

      I always thought I wouldn’t like t because I’m not really the space type and because of the layout and stuff… HOW WRONG WAS I?!? I’ve nearly finished Gemina, I have 60 pages left 😂😂

  2. cw @ readthinkponder says:

    Great review, Lauren!
    I really enjoyed Illuminae when I was reading it – it has this way of getting you super excited. I was really really reluctant about the formatting at first, but I felt like it worked so well. I hope you enjoy Gemina! I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve heard good things!

    • lry93 says:

      It definitely does! I feel like the formatting help to keep it a quick read and didn’t drag anything Down despite the size of the book! I started Gemina yesterday and I have 60 pages left! It’s so amazing!

    • lry93 says:

      They are both easy and extremely quick! You should definitely get to them! I have finished Gemina already! It was absolutely amazing 🙂

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