Review of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Hello word nerds! Hope everyone missed my lazy self as much as I missed you 🙂 It didn’t even dawn on me until yesterday that I had not posted on the blog but I blame that on the amazing book that is Illuminae! I got sucked right into it and basically didn’t want to do anything but read it. Which is essentially what happened haha. So without further ado…

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.

BRIEFING NOTE: 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.

“First survive. Then tell the truth.”

Oh, this book! I am not going to lie, I was a little nervous going in because, as usual, I did it blind and off of the recommendation of someone on Instagram haha. I am so freaking happy I did. Seriously! This book was so well done and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole freaking time! And the layout of the pages is simply amazing. I can’t even explain the inside other than to say that it is something you definitely need to see. It’s a fun layout that only adds to the reading experience. I am not really a sci-fi kind of chick usually but, again, blind and a recommendation pushed me to try. The book is not really told from a person’s point of view, more just documents and “videos” saved and brought forth to shed light on the horrible events that started with the destruction of a planet. I loved how almost poetic some of the parts were. And I feel like I am not doing this dang book the justice it deserves because my brain cannot formulate just how amazing everything was all put together.

I will admit that I thought the beginning was a tiny bit slow but once I got into it I could not put this book down. I think that all of the various characters portrayed were done in such a way that made me actually care about what happened to them. I think that at this point the only thing I am upset about is that I have to wait and order Gemini!

Kady is a spunky 17-year-old who knows how to hack into computers and essentially make them do whatever she wants, with the help and guidance of her mentor Zhang. She is fun to read and is willing to fight for the people she loves and for the people who are still alive. She is brave and fights on when everything looks bleak and I love that about her.

Ezra is a boy in love. He is also willing to do what it takes to keep Kady safe when he can actually get through her stubbornness. I really love how their romance was done in the book because it wasn’t in your face. It was subtle and done from a distance at times due to the ships they are each respectively on. And honestly, I think that his love is what keeps Kady motivated when she thinks she has nothing else.

AIDAN. Oh, that psycho computer had me from the moment he came back on board. I think the authors did an interesting thing here because there is always this advanced technology coming out and people are even know building robots to simulate real people. I loved AIDAN and everything he represented.

Overall I definitely give this book 5 stars and am already anticipating a re-read because I have heard that the audiobook mixed with the hard copy is simply amazing! When you read it be sure to let me know what you guys think! I loved this book!

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