{Bieke Reviews} Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Posted December 7, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 14 Comments

{Bieke Reviews} Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman


by Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Pages: 599
Published on October 20th 2015
by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: Stormdancer, Kinslayer, Endsinger, Stormdancer, Kinslayer, These Broken Stars, These Broken 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.

4.5 Stars

What can I say about this book that hasn’t been said already? Nothing. That’s right. This review will be just me repeating what everybody else has already said. That this book is amazing and brilliant and you should read it.

I cannot possibly summarize this book anymore than the blurb so just read that and you’ll know what it’s about. Yeah, I’m taking the easy way out on this one.

Let me take a deep breath and think for a minute. Okay. Why isn’t this 5 stars? Well, I’m not sure exactly. It doesn’t really feel like a 5 star book to me because it did take a bit to get into it. Though I did enjoy it from the start. There’s a lot of great humor in this book, which I just LOVED. Well, most of the time because I was reading this on the bus a lot and laughing out loud while reading gives me unpleasant stares from people that just don’t understand. SIGH. Also the writing is brilliant. Does that surprise anyone, really? No? Good. Also, yes the formatting and storytelling is insanely unique and gives you a lot of gorgeous pages to gawk at.

Of course none of that would matter if the characters sucked. Which they don’t obviously. I loved Ezra and Kady and I rooted for them! I loved their friendship/romance and I loved their friends! All of the characters were developed brilliantly, which isn’t easy in this type of storytelling. And yes, AIDAN the AI is fantastic. I love him, obviously. I do have one concern here though. With this entire book I mean. This is supposed to be a trilogy I think? And seeing as how amazing this book is, it sets a certain standard. I’m worried and scared that the sequels won’t be as great as this one. It’ll be very hard to top this, just saying.

Overall, Illuminae is a must-read if you love Science Fiction. Though you might lower your expectations if you’re not used to this type of storytelling because not everyone can get into it. Still, must read. If only to gawk at those beautiful pages.


About Amie Kaufman

mie Kaufman is the co-author of the award-winning Starbound trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World) and The Illuminae Files trilogy (Illuminae). She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens. Amie had the good fortune to be raised just one block from her local library, and took full advantage of that fact growing up. She and her sister spent their childhood summers re-creating their favourite books by camping in the back yard, mapping their neighbourhood, climbing trees, stepping through magical doors and sailing the local seas. Raised in Australia and Ireland, she has kissed the Blarney stone six times, thoroughly cementing her gift of the gab.

As she grew older (but not up), she continued her education, and graduated with honors degrees in history, literature and law, and a master’s degree in conflict resolution. These days she combines writing with work as a mediator, as well as regular travel throughout the US, Europe and Asia. A few of her top travel moments include camping in the Sahara overnight, climbing a mountain in Vietnam, standing on the Great Wall of China and cycling the Loire Valley, but she has a huge list left to cover.

Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and their very quirky rescue dog, Jack. She’s a huge fan of chocolate and naps, has an enormous music collection, and an entire room of her house is devoted to her library. She still sails, and though she climbs fewer trees, she remains partial to investigating the occasional magical door.

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14 responses to “{Bieke Reviews} Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

  1. “Am I not merciful?”

    YES BIEKE. YES. I completely agree with everything you’ve said here. (And LOL…I love how you formatted your review kind of like the book. Good job!) This was such an amazing book. Kady was an amazing and kickass lead, Ezra was a hilarious love interest, and the twists and turns at the end were just pheonominal. So glad you felt the same way! ♥ Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! xD

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  2. LOL! I feel like when I finally dig into my copy, my review will be pointless because EVERYONE has already said everything that needs to be said about it XD In any case, I’m happy to read your review and see that you enjoyed this one too Bieke^^ You’ve basically just made me more excited to get started – which hardly seems possible! I’m a huge lover of sci-fi so I can’t wait to see what the buzz is all about 😀 Lovely review!! x

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