Book Review: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Book name: Illuminae 

Authors: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Number of Pages: 599 pages

Goodreads Rating: 4.32/5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

The Illuminae Files

My Review: 


First of all, this is a book that I believed was way overhyped. From all the booktubers to the bookstagrammers, you can’t go anywhere without seeing this book being hyped up. After reading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff last August, I started to believe that Mr. Kristoff has a great writing style, but I was still skeptical about spending my money on this book (Note: I also wasn’t a huge fan of Sci-Fi). 

One day in January, my cousin and I were in a bookstore looking for unique books and I told her about this one. She immediately bought both Illuminae and Gemina because she LOVED the format of these books. She then kept them at my house so I can read them. Little did I know that I’ll be a huge Illuminae fan later.

This book is written in different styles and from multiple perspectives. You have the perspective of Kady, Ezra, and and an intelligence defense system called AIDAN. It is a fast paced, cliff-hanger filled, highly addicting story about a chase between two space fleets where one of them is trying to get to safety while a dangerous disease spreads on board one of the ships  (but will they make it?).

“You have me. Until every last star in the galaxy dies. 

You have me.” 
― Amie Kaufman, Illuminae

I enjoyed reading this book immensely since it was written in a unique format including hacked emails, document, video files, and schematics. The amount of time it took for the authors must have been A LOT! Because the way the story is structured just blows away your mind. And, I found out that they used real people’s names while writing this series. How cool is that?

A sample of the book’s uniqueness

In the end, this book (and Gemina) has gotten me though a really tough time in my life when I read them in February. I still think they deserve a lot of love because they are great, quick reads which are beautifully written (and structured). After reading this book, I am now encouraged to read more of Amie’s books. And I am glad to say that I became a huge Sci-Fi fan.

Great job Amie and Jay.
Here is my favorite Aidan quote:

“Am I not merciful?” – JK & AK

And now I will leave you with a synopsis of Illuminae.

synopsis from Goodreads: “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.”