Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Rating: 5/5


Genre: Dystopian/Sci-Fi


Recommended Age:  13+ (censored language, sexual innuendos, and death and gore… lots and lots of it)


Favorite Quote: “Am I Not Merciful?”


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 a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.–


Does anyone remember those books that were wrote in all IM format? Maybe not, but I used to read them and I never really enjoyed that format. I was a bit skeptical I would like the format over a decade later, but I had heard such great things about this book that I decided to give it a go. And I want to thank all of bookstagram for making me want to read this book. I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. The characters, which was super difficult to achieve, were very well developed. While I didn’t have the usual “I am of medium height and have average brown hair” (thank God) I did get to learn about their personalities. And while a huge cast of characters usually makes for underdeveloped characters, this was not the case with this book. The plot is also very well developed. Complex, yes. Confusing in the beginning, yes. Well explained in the end, yes. Yes. YES. I know everything about this universe so far and I’ve not felt the sense that my brain is going to explode with too much information. The book, for the format is in, is so awesomely wrote and is so easy to digest! It’s nearly 600 pages, but it only feels like a 200 page book! I don’t know how the authors wrote this book but they did amazing and I would hug them so hard if they were within hugging range!


The only thing that annoyed me was that the ending was not very explained. I was left wondering what the hell was going on. I know I need to read the second book in order to have the full story, but I WANT TO KNOW NOW! NOW! RIGHT RIGHT NOW!



DON’T LOOK AT ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!








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