Saturday, October 17, 2015

Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Release Date:  October 20th, 2015
Read: July 29th- August 18th, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Series: The Illuminae Files, #1
Format: ARC, 608 pages
Source: McNally Robinson/ Two Thumbs Up Program

Description 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.

   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.


   Am I not merciful?
   After BEA 2014, Illuminae was all the rage. Everyone needed their hands on the ARC, the same went with the hardcover ARC that was released a few months later. It was the latest book craze, so when I found a copy while picking up my latest book to review from McNally Robinson, I died a little bit inside. I could not wait to read it.
  When I first started reading Illuminae I was mesmerized by the beautiful pages and the uniqueness of the way it was written. I couldn't stop staring at the pages and continuously flipping through them. It was definitely a new experience, reading Illuminae.
   Unfortunately the beauty of the pages were not enough to keep me entertained throughout the book. I found the story itself to be bland and not have anything special about it, and at times I found the characters to be a bit ridiculous. While the story could be interesting at times, the only thing I found special about Illuminae was the way it was printed.
   Illuminae may not have been for me, but like I said above it was a unique experience and so I hope everyone will give Illuminae a try. 


Favourite Quote:

"If I breathed, I would sigh. I would scream. I would cry."

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Space, Space Travel, Robots


  1. Wow, the first negative review I've seen of this book! I am still super pumped to read it though. It stinks being the black sheep sometimes, right? I sure have experience of that one. LOL

    1. Definitely give it a read, even though I didn't enjoy it I'm sure many more people will! And yes, it really does. :P


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