Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

23395680Published: October 20th 2015 by Allen & Unwin

Language read: English

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Pages: 599

Rating: 5 stars

One moment, Kady Grant and Ezra Mason have nothing bigger to worry about than each other. Specifically, avoiding each other in the wake of their messy break-up. In the next second, their entire world falls apart.

The year is 2375 and one of the mega-corporations that control much of deep space has just fired the opening salvo in an intergalactic war, destroying Kady and Ezra’s planet. Forced to flee on a small fleet of crippled rescue ships alongside thousands of other refugees, the fear of enemy warships chasing them down is at first all-consuming but soon becomes the least of their worries. A deadly plague is ravaging the refugees on the ships; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be an enemy; and High Command is refusing to acknowledge that there may be a serious problem. As Kady plunges into a tangled web of data in search of the truth, she realizes that Ezra is possibly the only person who can help her save the refugees before it’s too late.



I want to start with saying WOW this book is awesome. It is such a good book and I loved everything about it.

I really liked the story. It was a very suspenseful, and it had me sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time. There were a lot of action and some really intense moments, you never know what was going to happen next. The book also gets dark and creepy. It is really a book where the characters is fighting for survival from many dangers. I was scared for the characters several times.


I loved the mixed media in the book and how it was put together. How the book was told through emails, chat logs, military files, interviews and other files. It was a different reading experience. I have not read anything like it before. It took me a while to understand the different files, but when I understood it it was so very good.


One of my favorite thing in the book was the chat logs between the characters. They made me laugh several times. I also really liked the character AIDAN the AI(artificial intelligence) and his point of view (ok I’m going to call it a he because AIDAN is a masculine name, even though it doesn’t have a gender). It was really interesting to read his thoughts, and what he was thinking about life and the humans.

The love story was good too. It was not instalove or perfect love story like a lot of other YA books have. And thank God there was not a love triangle either. The book started the day after they had broken up. Throughout the book they are slowly finding back together, and it is so cute.

In the last part of the book something happened that made me go OH SHIT NOO! And it was killing my emotions. Then the ending came, and it played with my emotions even more. All of this almost made me cry.

That feeling when you finish a book that you loved. I was feeling empty inside but also full of emotions at the same time. This is now one of my favorite books. 

5 stars for the story. 5 stars for the creativity of the mixed media.


10 thoughts on “Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

    1. Yeah the mixed media made the book even better. But I really loved the story too. I guess its not worth continuing if you didn’t like the story. Are you going to read book 2?


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