Book Review – Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
ISBN: 0553499114 (ISBN13: 9780553499117)
Series: The Illuminae Files #1

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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.”


Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff struck up a writing partnership which resulted in the international bestseller series; The Illuminae Files. They live in Melbourne, Australia.

Amie Kaufman en Jay Kristoff zijn schrijfpartners geworden en het resultaat daarvan is de internationale bestseller serie; The Illuminae Files. Ze wonen beiden in Melbourne, Australië.

You can find Amie and Jay on Twitter.

A 3-star must read

Where do I start with this book.. Can I call it a book? The format is so unique, I don’t even know. The story is told through a dossier of hacked documents including emails, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, summaries of surveillance footage and more.

The story starts off with Kady and Ezra being interviewed about what happened at Kerenza. Kerenza is Kady and Ezra’s home planet. Or was.. Kerenza has been attacked by BeiTech and the people living on Kerenza are forced to flee their homes. To make the day of the attack even worse, Kady and Ezra just broke up. They end up on different spaceships; Kady is on the Hypatia, Ezra on the Alexander.

And the drama doesn’t stop there. BeiTech isn’t feeling like letting the Kerenza people walk. Their warship, Lincoln, is in pursuit of the evacuation fleet. Still not enough drama? No. The AI of the Alexander spaceship, called AIDAN (“Artificial Intelligence Defence Analytics Network”) has lost it. Completely.

“Am I not merciful?”

I felt as though the characters lacked dept. Maybe this is because of the format, I’m not sure. I just didn’t really feel connected to Kady or Ezra. And the romance between them.. It was predictable.

The story is okay. It was fast paced and I finished the book in 4 days. Unfortunately, the ending just didn’t work for me.

That being said.. I did really enjoy this book. The reading experience was very unique and I loved the variously different documents and how they looked. The format is the main reason why I would recommend this book.

3 out of 5 stars.


Hoe moet ik dit boek omschrijven.. Kan ik het een boek noemen? De lay-out is zo uniek, ik weet het niet. Het verhaal wordt verteld met een dossier dat bestaat uit gehackte documenten, e-mails, militaire bestanden, IM’s, medische rapporten, interviews, samenvattingen van bewakingsbeelden en meer.

Het verhaal begint met Kady en Ezra die geïnterviewd worden over wat er in Kerenza is gebeurd. Kerenza is de thuisplaneet van Kady en Ezra. Of dat was het.. Kerenza is aangevallen door BeiTech en de inwoners van Kerenza zijn gevlucht. Alsof de dag van de aanval nog niet slecht genoeg was, zijn Kady en Ezra ook net uit elkaar gegaan. Ze komen na de evacuatie terecht op verschillende ruimteschepen; Kady is op de Hypatia, Ezra op de Alexander.

En de drama stopt daar niet. BeiTech laat de Kerenza-vluchtelingen niet zo maar gaan. Hun oorlogsschip, Lincoln, achtervolgt de Alexander en Hypatia. Is dit dan genoeg drama? Nee. De AI van het Alexander-ruimteschip, AIDAN genaamd (“Artificial Intelligence Defense Analytics Network”) is compleet doorgedraaid.

Ik had het gevoel dat de personages wat oppervlakkig waren. Misschien komt dit door hoe het boek is geschreven, ik weet het niet zeker. Ik voelde me gewoon niet echt verbonden met Kady of Ezra. En hun relatie.. Erg voorspelbaar.

Het verhaal zelf is prima. Het las snel en ik heb het boek in 4 dagen uitgelezen. Het einde was alleen niet wat ik had gehoopt.

Maar.. Ik heb echt genoten van dit boek. De leeservaring was heel uniek en ik vond de verschillende documenten en hoe ze eruit zagen erg mooi. De lay-out en de manier waarop dit verhaal wordt verteld is de belangrijkste reden waarom ik dit boek zou aanbevelen.

3 van de 5 sterren.


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  1. I’ve owned this book for years now, and I’m still scared to read it because of the format. I’m not sure if it will make the reading experience unique or troublesome. That’ll definitely affect character depth for me, too. D: I’m glad you still enjoyed it though, Manon! ♥

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

  2. I haven’t heard of this book before and I don’t know, I might give it a read if I find it in the library somewhere but I don’t think I’d spend the money on it if you know what I mean 🙂 .

  3. Hi Manon, came here from your Twitter. OMG, first let me say that I am in love with your book photos! It so crisp and clean and popping! I wish I have that talent to take pretty photos.

    I bought a copy of this book but I am afraid to read it because it’s too hyped up. Thanks for your input.

    1. Thank you! I love taking photos and editing them.
      I can understand why you haven’t read it yet. It’s a pretty unique reading experience, so I do recommend this book.
      Happy reading!

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