Book Review – Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Genre: Science Fiction / Young Adult

Curious to know what this book is about and what I think of it?


“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.

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.


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  1. That book looks really interesting, in terms of its formatting! I really like the cover too – books with pretty covers really draw me in but then you can never judge a book by its cover!

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  2. 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

  3. 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 🙂 .

  4. Great review, it was interesting to hear a different opinion, maybe you might enjoy the next book better.

  5. 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!