Review ~ Illuminae

Posted December 31, 2016 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Reviews / 51 Comments

Review ~ IlluminaeIlluminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 600
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted
4.5 Stars

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.


I felt like the last person to read this book. I put it off for so long because well I thought it was intimidating because of the size and the format. At first I wasn’t sure because I hadn’t had a lot of time to sit down and really get into it so I was reading it in choppy little spurts. Once I was able to really sit down thought I flew through the pages at this fun and different story.

First, the book was gorgeous. I am usually an ebook kind of gal but I knew I had to have the hardcopy. That was such a wise decision because the pages were actually art. No joke. I loved all the different ways the story was told and that at points I was turning my book around to read it which made my husband shake his head like I was losing it lol.

I loved Ezra and Kady and their back and forth banter. They were so much fun to read and i couldn’t helpbut root my little heart out for them. The way the story unfolded and you found out information a little at a time and were able to start and put all the peices together was so engrossing.

I am happy I finally read this and now am looking forward to Gemina.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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51 responses to “Review ~ Illuminae

  1. That’s so funny, because when reading Gemina my husband came into the room and I had the book turned 180, vertical, and I was reading it. My husband looked very confused and asked what the heck I was doing. Then he regretted it when I made him sit down so I could show him the magic of the pages.

  2. Don’t worry, you are definitely not the last person to have read this. I’ve heard so much but I still haven’t picked it up. I guess the hype scares me a little. But the format this is told in really intrigues me. Awesome review, I think I’ll definitely have to pick this one up soon. Happy new Year!

  3. YAAAAAYY!!!! You finished!! I know what you mean about finding time to read physical books; you really have to sit down, make sure there’s lighting, and concentrate! Not easy for me, that’s for sure. Did your mind explode at the end? Did you cry a little ever? 😀

    I still need to read Gemina so you’re not the only one to not read that one yet!! And thanks for reminding me of this awesome book! So glad you liked it!

  4. You are now not the last person. I am! I still haven’t read this one. I’ve had it for so long. Well before it came out. I’m going to get to it this year for sure. It’s just a bit to carry. But, it hasn’t gotten a bad review yet. 🙂

  5. I just read this one last summer! Yay for being late to the party. 🙂 I finished Gemina last week, and it was fantastic, too– I think I even liked it better than Illuminae. I listened to the audiobooks of both, and the audiobooks for this series are SO WONDERFUL! 10/10, would recommend. Kady is such a fun character! Great review, Grace!!
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