Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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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.

Before I really get into the review, I just want to take a moment to talk about how beautiful this book is. The entire story is told in interviews, documents, emails, medical reports, etc. I love reading books that have a different way of telling the overall story. At first, I was a bit intimidated by it. It was told in a way that I’ve never seen before, so I had no idea what to expect.

Illuminae was such a beautifully written sci-fi tale. The world build was super interesting. There were so many points in this book that made me go: “Wait what? WHAT WHAT WHAT?”Also, the characters in Illuminae were just brilliant. One of the main characters, Ezra, was absolutely hilarious. The rest of the characters were great, but Ezra was my favorite out of them all. The characters were all easy to connect with.

The only problem I could find within Illuminae was the pacing in the first 100-175 pages. Because of the way it is expressed, there are many empty spaces when starting out this book. Eventually, you put the puzzle pieces together and everything works out. You just have to push through a bit of it to get to get completely hooked!

So, what do I rate Illuminae?

★★★★★/5 Stars

Have you read Illuminae? What did you think of it? If not, are you now planning on reading it?

-Liv

 

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