Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Hi Munchworms!

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)Time for another review!

As you might recall, Illuminae was on second place for my Make Me Read It Read-a-thon. I remember being thrilled about it because I’ve been wanting to read it for ages! And then, when I had time to read it, I had put it on my poll so I had to wait and keep my fingers crossed..
Good thing I did, because apparently it helped!

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.

Starting with the obvious:

Wow, just wow! The whole concept of this book is genius, amazing and beautiful at the least! To put it even better: I absolutely don’t like anything space-related, but the lay-out of this book convinced me to give it a shot anyway. Boy, am I glad I did…
As eager as I was to continue in the story itself, I was always more curious to find out how the next page would look – sue me. I’m not going to post any pictures of the lay-out here. There are enough around already, but I really think you should take the journey yourself and just read the book. It’ll be worth it, promise!

And like roses in his hands death blooms.

When it comes to the story itself, I have to admit that I was pretty confused at first. I couldn’t figure out who the main characters would be, got bombarded with a whole lot of terms I had never heard of – might also be due to the fact that English isn’t my first language and my interest in anything sci-fi-/space-related is zero – and… Well, I was wondering if I would like this book at all.
Then came the point that it all turned around and I figured it out! I really started to enjoy it, turning page after page after page. I completely lost myself in a book that I had my doubts about at first. Honestly, it made me love Illuminae more!

Kady, the main character, is a seventeen-year-old girl I could, surprisingly, connect with really well. The way she fights for  the people she loves is amazing and, even though the book is more plot-driven, you can still sense the subtle changes in her being.
As for other characters… I’m glad I got rid of some – no spoilers – and can hold on to others. Because there are definitely a few that have grown on me while reading Illuminae.

You deserve every star in the galaxy laid out at your feet and a thousand diamonds in your hair. You deserve someone who’ll run with you as far and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back.

I guess it’s pretty obvious that I’m about to say that “hell yes, I’m reading Gemina!”

Even though I had a little bit of a struggle getting into the story, I was amazed by how much it intrigued me, grabbed me and made me fly through it. Add to that the fantastic concept that Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff thought out…
Definitely giving it a 5 / 5!

Now, on to the hard part… Honestly, I’ve been torturing myself to think of munches to add to this book… and I just can’t?! I know I’m not the only one who read this book – on the contrary, I’m probably one of the last ones to read it, haha – so if any of you have some idea what to add to this, do let me know!



I paid full-price for this book. All opinions are entirely my  own. I’m not compensated for this in any way.

12 thoughts on “Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

  1. Excellent review, and I’m so glad you loved it. I don’t read too many sci-fi books, but I’ve found a few I enjoy. And though it took me a while to get used to the format of Illuminae, I have to say that I really enjoyed it too. I’m about halfway finished with Gemina now, and part of me thinks I should slow down or pause my reading for a little bit so I don’t have to deal with what will probably be a cliffhanger ending. I’d rather be closer to the release of Obsidio first.

    If you ever feel like you want to try another sci-fi book, I will recommend Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, or The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.

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    1. I totally get your point about slowing down! I’m almost halfway Gemina as well but I’m enjoying it too much to slow down. I’ll just have to deal with the cliffhanger, haha.

      I’ll definitely keep those in mind! Thank you!

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