Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

illuminaeTitle: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: October 20th 2015 by Knopf BFYR
Source: Bought (Hardcover)
Rating: ★★★★★
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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.

Lo and behold, the book that put me into a reading slump for a while because I couldn’t find anything that could top how amazing this book was and how much I enjoyed it.

Illuminae is CRAZY GOOD. It has an excellent plot and the pacing is good. It’s told in documents, IMs and other tech stuff which made the reading experience loads of fun!

But you said in your email maybe the universe was telling us it wasn’t going to work out. You’re the most romantic idiot I know, so I guess if you think so, it must be true.

The characters were strong which somehow made it typical for a sci-fi/dystopian novel. Ezra and Kady reminded me of Percy and Annabeth thrown into a sci-fi/dystopian situation. They’re very likeable and I loved their chemistry together. The romance between them was so natural that I sometimes found it too cheesy for my liking.

My favorite character though is James McNulty. His humor was the best and I loved his banter with Ezra. It was such a comic relief! Besides that, I could really describe him as strong, smart and BRAVE. He’s such a noble man.

Words are all we have right now.

The twists and turns of the novel were really amazing and it added depth towards the plot. I loved every single second of reading the book! The narration and writing style of both authors were unique, although I’m not sure which author wrote which character haha!

I’m definitely looking forward to the next books of the series.  This book has been on everyone’s TBR, including mine of course, so once the book hit our local shelves, I could not resist buying it. Good thing it lived up the hype!


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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I have heard so many wonderful things about this book! I really need to pick it up soon, I think. I think the fact that the main characters remind you of Percy and Annabeth is great, since I love the Percy Jackson series! Lovely review!

  2. Geehee, I’m reading it right now! I think I’m on page 200 something already and the mystery that envelopes the plot is still hidden from me. HAHA, It’s really like Legend by Mari Lu somehow. At first though, I was thinking of Star Wars and Star Trek but then I think Legend thrown into space is the best way to put it. I’m not even halfway through it but I’m getting there! Whew, thank God, this is a non-spoiler review. :D

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