2016 · 5 Stars · Book Reviews · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Illuminae │Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

233956805 stars



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.


I am so happy that I stayed away from any hype I saw about this book online. Normally when I get wrapped up in the crazy hype wave I am left extremely disappointed. Thankfully I was able to control myself so that didn’t happen here.

While the idea behind the book wasn’t really original I still found myself really enjoying the ride. If you know me, than you know that I am not normally one for futuristic space novels, but it took only about two pages before I started to really enjoy myself. I was worried that reading the book by way of military reports and chat logs was going to give me issues, but I actually enjoyed it. It was fun and different. 🙂

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I can’t wait for the next one to come out.

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