Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Posted January 28, 2016 in review / 6 Comments

Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amie KaufmanIlluminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Published by Random House Children's Books on October 20th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, SciFi, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 608
Reading Challenges: #RockMyTBR Challenge Source: Purchased
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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 a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Saying that this book is faaaabulous would be an understatement, and fabulous doesn’t even cover it. I admit that I first became interested in this book because of its unique way of writing. And by unique, I meant the different documents and transcripts and all those cool stuffs. I mean, have you ever seen any other book with that kind of structure?

I honestly thought that I would not be able to understand this book well, because of its unique structure, but surprisingly, it was actually easy to read and understand, and to be frank, I actually prefer it this way, than the traditional book way. One thing I actually love about the book is the ex-to-lovers trope, because I find that really really cute. Especially the part where the world got invaded on the day that Kady broke up with Ezra. Damn.

I think that Ezra was the first character that I fell for, because his every scenes and moves would either make me laugh out loud or sob silently. I swear that dude brought out all the emotions in me. He was funny at even the most stressful moments, and could be really really heartbreakingly romantic at the most dire moments. My heart still hurts, remembering his every conversation with Kady. Le sigh.

Kady was honestly the main star in this book because if I could label only one person in this book as a hero, I would say Kady. Though, in my opinion, this book contained TONS of brave souls, who I grieve for. But, back to Kady. Kady was one of those brave, smart, rebellious person, who you would definitely want on your side the moment the Earth is being invaded. She has skills, and what she lacked in strength, she made it up with her quick-thinking mind. This girl is a freaking genius, I tell you.

And then there’s AIDAN. He was…. I definitely love love him. Well, I think it was more of a love-hate relationship? I mean, that dude thingiesh was killing me but making me smile at the same time. And I love how it sounds like a legit Artificial Intelligence. I mean, with the error…. calculating… HAHAHAH SO COOL, I WAS DAMN IMPRESSED.

Guys, this is THE book. The book that is so futuristic, you would want to be in it, even if you might end up dead. YES, THIS IS THE BOOK. YOU ALL GOT TO READ IT.

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6 Responses to “Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman”

  1. Heard SO SO SO MUCH about Illuminae – I’ve yet to read it! Just when the hype dies down a bit though… I like how you focused on the characters – characters are one of the most important things in books for me, and I haven’t heard toooo much about the characters in all the book reviews of Illuminae I’ve read~! Fantastic review!
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    • YUP YES, you should definitely read it hehehe, even when the hype has died down 😀 And I totally agree, characters are basically the backbone to a book for me, so if they’re fantastic, high chances are that the book will be awesome too 🙂

  2. EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE LOVING THIS BOOK. And I really, really want to be in on it myself! I have it on my TBR and can’t wait to pick this one up. I refuse to buy it in any version other than hardback because the book itself looks beautiful and I just want to have the formatting as well :3 I can’t wait for the crazy sci-fi story that will blow my mind!
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