Review: Illuminae

Illuminae by  Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

*spoiler free review*



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.

Rating:  5 / 5 stars

From the first time, I laid eyes on this book I was in love and I was hooked! It was just a regular day and I was scrolling down Instagram for the umpteenth time that day and suddenly there it was. Its beauty aside, that sentence on the cover stuck with me: “First, survive. Then tell the truth.”

For a long time, I didn’t have a favorite book and I still have many but I can honestly say this is my #1 favorite book. I loved every single aspect of it and I wouldn’t change a thing. 

It is rare for me to find a book in which I love all the main characters. In this case, Ezra and Kady, and later AIDAN. This is the story of Ezra and Kady and the refugees of Kerenza first and foremost. I fell in love with them in that first interview in the first few pages of the book. With Kady, it was almost love at first sight. She’s so intelligent, witty and overall lovable. She’s so courageous and strong too, though. In the end, in those many moments when we think all hope is lost, she still manages to succeed and it’s so absolutely captivating and you feel everything right there with her. It took a little longer for me to love Ezra simply because at first he looked like the typical jock to me, but then I learned how sweet and dedicated he was to Kady. I learned about his bravery and loyalty and about his huge heart.

Speaking of which, bless James McNulty that sweet, precious boy. Also, that Analyst was so hilarious, I love him. ( I’m not sure if it was actually a him though but that was just the feeling I got, I guess. ) 

The first part of the book is as the synopsis says … However, the second part of the book is mostly narrated by AIDAN, a compromised artificial intelligence. 

I loved him from page one and I continued to adore this character as the conflict developed. AIDAN becomes more and more human as the time goes with palpable character growth, and he’s just such a great character in my opinion. His narrative is so enticing and absorbing. I couldn’t get enough of it not even in this second time I was reading the book. I felt like there was a certain sadness to AIDAN though, I can’t quite describe it. It made me want to defend him from Katy’s comments and accusations despite the fact that they were understandable and true, and that damaged or not he kind of was all that she said he was (no spoilers). ( It’s always hard for me to talk about AIDAN because it’s hard for me to describe how I feel about him, you know? )

This book is written in such a unique way and that is partially why it’s so fantastic. It made me so emotional. 

I think it’s a must-read for anyone out there – even if you think sci-fi isn’t your thing, I highly recommend you give this book a chance! It’ll break your heart! 

4 thoughts on “Review: Illuminae

    1. Thanks! At first that was exactly how I felt! I was completely overwhelmed by AIDAN and so it was very difficult for me to try to describe him or explain the book to anyone! It would come out something along the lines of “IT’S REALLY GREAT YOU SHOULD READ IT AND THERE’S THIS CHARACTER WHO’S JUST AMAAAZING!” “What’s he/it like?” “AMAAAZING I JUST CAN’T EVEN”

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