Review: ‘Illuminae’ by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Review: ‘Illuminae’ by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffIlluminae by Amie KaufmanJay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20th, 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Space, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 599
Format: Hardcover
Source: borrowed from the library
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.

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What starts out as a crazy invasion on a small little colony, comes an epic science fiction adventure that is also reminiscent of an alien movie. Minus the aliens that is. I don’t know how to describe what Illuminae actually is because it falls on so many genres. Science fiction, action adventure, romance and thriller? Yep that’s pretty much a mouthful of genres. Not only does it include a space adventure that you’re willing to sink your teeth into, but it’s also a thriller. Because there are the Afflicted who act like smart and creepy zombies! AHHHH!


Two broken up lovers are our main characters, Kady and Ezra. Kady is a hacker who is intelligent, kick-ass, strong and sarcastic. Ezra is a space pilot who witty, confident, and romantic. I loved them both, but Kady takes the edge. She is the heroine rescuing her beloved and I loved seeing her play such a role in helping save the world from the bad guys. Ezra is hilarious and I couldn’t help but laugh when he would IM with his friend because their chats were just too funny. I really liked both of their personalities and even their mixed up relationship.


What I didn’t get answered was way BiTech destroyed their planet. I wanted to know why they would do all of this in the first place. Here’s hoping it’s in the next book! Both Kaufman and Kristoff are one heck of a writing duo to bring forth a story that will glue you to its pages.


Written in a stylized way, via Internet chat messages, interviews, letters, reports etc. Illuminae is creative and inventive. Packed with as much action as a movie you won’t be able to put it down! Do not be intimidated by the gigantic page count of 599 pages. They’re super quick to read, and it won’t take you long to get into the nitty gritty of the story. You will be entertained, trust me.



High school sports: making life easier for military recruiters since 1914. (40)
Did u ever consider the possibility I just think ur cute when you’re angry? (115)
I solemnly swear I will not engage in happypants while looking at pics of ur would-be ex-ex-girlfriend, chum. (127)
The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny. (209)
You have me, until the last star in the galaxy dies, you have me. (232)
What are you going to do? Sarcasm them to death? (402)
Energy never stops. It just changes forms. (574)

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  1. Divya

    May 7, 2016 at 4:25 AM

    Illuminae seems really good, Giselle! I’m very excited to read it ^_^

    • giselle

      May 9, 2016 at 10:01 PM

      I loved this book, hope you do too!

  2. Sophia Rose

    March 10, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    This was my first time reading a modern epistolary style story. I was amazed how I was able to connect. Glad you enjoyed it, too.
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  3. Stefanie

    March 10, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    I really want to buy this!! I def don’t want it as an ebook I feel like I want to have this in a hardcopy <3 I'm so glad it was good! AHHH good reviews everywhere

    • giselle

      March 10, 2016 at 2:04 PM

      You definitely do. The pages are written in a unique format 🙂

  4. Teresa aka NeedNewSpace

    March 10, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Is this not the best 599 pages! When I recommend this book I describe it as 599 pages of awesomeness. A sheer adrenaline rush that will have you up all night! I absolutely love the format! I can’t wait for Gemina! Kaufman & Kristoff are an awesome writing team.

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