Wednesday, 11 November 2015


TITLE: Illuminae
AUTHOR:  Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
PUBLISHER:  Rock the Boat
RATING:  4/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
RELEASE DATE:  22nd October 2015


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. 

It is the year 2575, and Kady thought that breaking up with her boyfriend Ezra was hard enough. When their planet gets attacked and invaded, it's about to get a lot tougher.

Both protagonists make it off their planet, (Kerenza), but onto two different spaceships, to get to a safer galaxy. Their whole planet has been taken over by BeiTech, who want to take all the resources and kill anyone on the planet- making sure no survivors stay alive.

With Ezra working in the Military and Kady working as a computer operator, we get to see their relationship: and other parts of the story, through a variety of documents, messages and scripts. I did enjoy this format eventually- but it was a shock to the system, as it is something I am not used to at all. Due to this format, readers only get to see little snippets of the raw character feelings, but it gives us the mystery for a sequel, and lots of the characters were still very likeable, and had remarkable courage.

Some of the layout of the pages was so unique and special, I know 'Illuminae,' will be one to keep and treasure. I did take me a while to really get wrapped up into the story: as some of the presentation formats in the book made it hard to follow. I did not enjoy the UniPedia pages, they did not sit well with me. However, there was a twist, which made me want to read the pages as quickly as possible, to get to the end; it almost felt like I was witnessing an action packed movie.

'Illuminae,' is full of shocks, surprises and a lot of difference. It connects with readers in such unusual way- it will stick in your mind for a long time.




  1. I'm glad you really enjoyed this book! I got about a quarter of a way through and I just think that I didn't like how it was written. Maybe I will pick it up sometime. Anyway, I'm really glad that so many other people loved it and I loved your review! :)

    1. Thank you! Definitely try it again, as it is definitely worth it! :)


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