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Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Published 20 October, 2015 by Allen & Unwin
RRP AUD $19.99
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.



Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are actual storytelling geniuses. The way that the story was presented through documents was so creative and highly unique, and I really enjoyed watching it unfold. By the use of IM messages, it was really clear to see what exactly the characters were feeling and their personality through the way they type and it really made me feel attached to them. The introduction reports were so interesting and immediately pulled me in with Ezra and Kady’s wit, I laughed out loud a couple of times! As the book went on, I could feel the change in emotion within the reports and I felt the same emotions as the characters did, and was genuinely terrified for them at certain parts!

I love love love Ezra and Kady! They’re so sweet together and I loved the little IMs between them.  Kady is an amazing heroine, she’s incredibly smart, witty and brave. But Ezra! Sweet, funny and loyal Ezra! He made my heart melt a few times, with his love for Kady. As time went on, I could feel myself getting more and more invested in their relationship. AIDAN, the AI voice, though not really a character, was an interesting element to the story, he’s a bit of an oddball, as he seems to actually feel and cares about ‘the meat’, as he likes to call humans.

When reading some parts of the book, I felt as if the pace kind of dragged on a little, but all in all a brilliant, aesthetically-pleasing read. I CANNOT WAIT FOR GEMINA! I highly recommend it to everyone, regardless of whether you enjoy sci-fi or not!

You can pre-order Gemina here!




Amie Kaufman Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Illuminae (with Jay Kristoff) and These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, and Their Fractured Light (with Meagan Spooner.) She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

Jay Kristoff
Jay KristoffJay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is the winner of two Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.

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