Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Science Fiction

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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.

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.


This book had so much hype! Everyone was talking about how great it was…therefore for whatever reason my brain refused to pick it up. I didn’t want to be disappointed because I was going in with such high expectations. However I braced it and went in for it in the hope that the hundreds of good reviews cannot be wrong.

This book is such an interesting read, it is told in the form of a file consisting of emails, military files, interviews etc. this makes it a really interesting read and makes it so easy to fly through it!

We follow our two main characters after their world has been bombed and they have been evacuated to two different ships…all of this happens the day they’ve broken up and don’t want to see each other again. We follow them as they face rogue AIs and infectious plagues, they realise how much they actually need each other, and how far apart they are.

Although the book started off action packed I still found it really difficult to get into the story as it was quite confusing with a lot of names of ships and characters so I did find it pretty rough during the first 10 or so pages. After that however the story really picks up. Every few pages there would be a different format of the story, whether it be in terms of instant messaging, emails or an interview. This made it a refreshing change and therefore made it really easy to get through.

This book was so tense the whole way through, one big event would come then another would be on the horizon. There was always something big just about to happen and that made it a really intense read the whole way through.

I’m not normally a fan of sci-fi books as space travel isn’t something that really interests me however this book had me hooked! Like I said it is a little slow to start with however it really  picks up so I definitely recommend you stick with it.

Then we get on to the plot twist! There are two major plot twists in this book that I definitely did not see coming! I won’t discuss them as I don’t want to spoil the book however just be prepared for a massive plot twist!

Overall I would definitely recommend this book, it was an intense read the whole way through and you will fly through it. It may look like a lok book at 600 pages but as the format changes so frequently throughout the book you can easily get through half the book in one sitting! I can’t wait read the next one!

Rating: 5/5

Summing up: An intense and gripping read


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