Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

23395680Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

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.




I was lucky enough to pick up an ARC of this book at C2E2 this past March.  At first, I had no idea the goldmine that I had fallen into.  I posted a Thank You picture to my twitter for the publishers and soon after comments came rolling in exclaiming my good luck.  My good luck indeed!


There is no way to adequately put into feelings my love for the glorious thing that is Illuminae.  So, because so many times it reminded me of Firefly, (BROWN COATS FOREVER!!!)  I will try to summarize all the feels through Firefly/Serenity Gifs.


Let’s start with the cover.


Yes Jayne, it IS pretty cunning. Not to mention intriguing and alluring!  Also, it matches your hat quite nicely!

The formatting in this book is anything but typical. But coupled with a plot that just won’t quit, it’s fascinating!  I loved turning each page just to see how the story would be delivered to me next!

So in that light, here is my attempt to describe Illuminae purely using gifs!

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(we meet Kady and Ezra)


(crap, it’s an invasion!)

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(Whew close one!)

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(Kady does her hacker thing)


(Oh no! Plot twist!)






(Stuff gets worse)



(stuff gets a lot worse)



(the end. where you’re left thinking, WHAT THE CRAP JUST HAPPENED?!)

If you are looking for an exhilarating, can’t put it down read, then this book is for you.  The writing is gorgeous, the action is non-stop and heart pounding with jaw dropping plot twists.  I cannot recommend this book enough! Have you guys read it?  I’d love to know what you though of Illuminae!


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