Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Authors:  Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher:  Knopf Books for Young Readers, 608 pages
Expected Publication Date:  October 20, 2015
*ARC received from publisher via NetGalley

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.

All the stars! Amazing, unique, clever, and brilliant, I absolutely devoured this. My heart is still pounding, I feel like I can't catch my breath. Whew! This is one I will buy in hardback and reread.  Not only because I absolutely loved it but also because now that I know a certain something, I'm dying to read it again with that knowledge. Vague, I know.

To be honest, when I first started the book I wasn't sure how I was going to like the format (emails, military files, interviews, etc.)  because I didn't think I would connect with the characters.  I'm so glad I was wrong.  This book will appeal to everyone because it is both character and plot driven.  LOVED LOVED LOVED.

Posted by:  Pam


  1. Every single review is like this. I've been holding off on reading my copy but I cannot wait!

  2. I agree with everything (except I was excited about the format). This book was brilliant in its execution and I will definitely be reading this one again!

  3. Completely agree! This book was SO AMAZING. I wish I could read it all over again for the first time. Can't wait for the sequel!

  4. This book was amazing!! How was it in ebook format? I had a physical ARC of it which was like the craziest arc I've ever received. it was hardcover w/a jacket and everything. And with all the diagrams and pictures, I've been curious how they're going to do it w/ebook. I just preordered it in hardcover because I loved it so much and I already want to reread it too. I was nervous about being able to connect w/the characters too, but I had no problems. Loved!