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Book Review: Illuminae

P1030724.JPGTitle: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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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. 

The Good:

Before I start raving about this book, let me tell you how hesitant I was to read it. I really wasn’t sure I was going to like it because of the format and the fact that it was a space adventure (two things I’m very picky about.) Let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised!

Anyway, the book! What a story! This book follows a whole bunch of documents about two megacorporations fighting and the people who are caught in the crossfire. This book has a really great plot. It is fast paced, intriguing, and keeps you guessing to the end which is fantastic.

One of the things I absolutely loved was the moral quandaries there are within the book. People having to make decisions that weren’t perfect or good by any means but with the idea of ‘the greater good’ pushing them towards these decisions.

I really enjoyed the pace, I liked that I could put it down but I didn’t want to. I liked all the different elements to it and I really like Kady and Ezra, the two main characters that we follow. I’m really intrigued for what the sequel, Gemina, is going to be like. Katy and Ezra are perfectly sarcastic and I loved every second of it.

The Bad:

I actually don’t have any issues with this book. In some parts I was a little confused, but that is just me and so I would suggest you read this when you are alone so there are no distractions. The only other thing is some people will hate the layout but I enjoyed how different it was.

The Interesting:

I touched on the point of the layout but let me tell you a bit more – or show you.


The book doesn’t read like a novel. It is a bunch of documents that you have to follow along with from a range of sources. This is what’s called the Illuminae File and you get used to the layout after a while. I absolutely loved it because it was so different to anything I’ve read before.


The more I think about this book and all the things that happened in it, the more I love it. It was so incredibly unique.

Recommended for:

Everyone! But specifically Young Adult lovers who particularly love fantasy and space adventures. But if you love romance  this would work too. Or adventure. Or mystery. Ok, everyone, read this book!


“I am frequently underestimated. I think it’s because I’m short.”

“Ezra: And then I said it.
Interviewer: What did he say?
Kady Grant: He said, ‘You picked a hell of a day to dump me, Kades.”

And finally:


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10 thoughts on “Book Review: Illuminae

      1. A book I recommend…May I chose a few? (I love recommending books and have troubles just recommending one…) Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky (it’s a dark masterpiece) or The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler (which is completely different).

        If you’re into dragons I have a “Book Recommendation”-post going live on Monday themed Dragons 🙂


  1. I am on the fence about reading this book for the same reasons you mentioned. I have no idea if the format is for me. You’re making me want to give it a try 🙂


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