Review: Illuminae


Title: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Published: 2015
Page Count: 599
Rating: 4/5

SynopsisAs if life couldn’t get more complicated for Kady. It’s the year 2575 and Kady has just broke up with her boyfriend Ezra and the next day their planet, Kerenza was invaded by the corporation BeiTech. Ezra ends up on the ship Alexander, who are the ones who came to Kerenza’s rescue and Kady ends up on the Hypatia. And now BeiTech is sending a battleship called the Lincoln to destroy both ships. But after breaking up, the last thing they want to do is talk to each other but they must if they want to fight their way to safety. And now a plague has broken out and spreading to civilians aboard the ship. On top of all of that, the AI on the Alexander has one job to keep the people aboard it safe but now it seems it may be their enemy.

My ThoughtsFirst off, the format of Illuminae is incredible. It’s told in files which includes, emails, chats, interviews, pictures, etc. I’ve never seen anything like it before. At first it was a little confusing but as I got to know the characters and the setting, everything started coming together. I believe this is the first book I’ve read that takes place in space and I really enjoyed it. Though I felt that we didn’t get a ton of world building. I imagine it’s hard to build a world in a story through chats and interviews, but still. I needed a little more.

The characters have some amazing development. I didn’t think that I would really come to like the characters because of the format of the story but I LOVED them. Ezra is truly incredible and caring and while Kady might be a little rude and relentless, she’s pretty amazing as well. The AI in the story, also has a mind of it’s own and has a pretty crazy thinking process.

There were a couple of surprising plot twists that I wasn’t expecting at all. And they made my jaw drop. Literally! But after it was revealed I just thought, “Well, I should have seen that coming.” But it was still so good!

I’m really excited to read the next book Gemina to find out what happens next. Highly recommend this. And don’t give up just after 50 pages. It’s confusing at first, just try to push through.RachaelInstagramPinteresttumblrTwitter

6 thoughts on “Review: Illuminae

  1. Great review! I’ve been meaning to read this one for ages, and am so happy to see you liked this one! I feel as though it would be difficult to love the characters because of the unique format, but am super glad to see that you adored them!

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    1. Thank you! I was very surprised by a lot of aspects of this format but I think it’s so unique and great. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it. Also, it’s like 600 pages but because of the format, I finished it in just over 5 hours, and I’m a pretty slow reader. lol

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