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Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

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I took part in a Reading Through Time blog tour hosted and created by Julie at Hungry Bookwork. Since I was already diving head first into the sci-fi category I decided to do “future” as my time period.

Julie is doing an Egyptian Time Period as well as the Tudor era, and Jessie is doing Roaring 20s. I highly recommend you check them out.


23395680Title & Author: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Genre: YA- Sci-Fi

Release Date:  October 20th 2015

Series: The Illuminae Files #1

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Source: Purchased

Description: 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.

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I think I have to be the last person in the bookish community to read this book. I don’t know what I was so scared to read it or what kept me from buying it. I. Loved. It. The unique way this book was set up instantly hooked me. It was easy to get huge chunks of reading done quickly since some pages had very little to read on them without taking away from the story and I loved that.

The characters were all very well done and I loved Kady, Ezra, and Aiden the most. (What is it with me and loving the crazy AI’s?) This book had a LOT going on without being so overwhelming that I didn’t know what was going on or forgot key pieces of information. The whole thing is written like a report so we get to see the situation from an outsiders perspective. I really enjoyed the parts narrated by Aiden.

I have no complaints about this story. It had thrilling, scary, anxiety ridden moments to balance out the slow development in parts of the book. I don’t like spoilers so just be prepared for some crazy wild antics in this book. I highly recommend it to the few who have yet to read it!

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5 thoughts on “Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

    1. I can’t wait to see what you think! I really enjoyed it, not sure how well it will be on Audiobook since a good portion of my personal enjoyment was how the book was formatted so you’ll have to let me know. 🙂

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