Science Fiction · Young Adult

Book Review: Illuminae


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Title: Illuminae

Author/s: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Series: The Illuminae Files

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

ISBN: 9780553499117

Publishing date: October 20, 2015



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.

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“You have me. Until every last star in the galaxy dies. You have me.”

This is the first full pack Science Fiction book I read and I definitely love this book from the moment I first opened this book up to the last page. It never stopped surprising me and it just blew my mind. It was just pure perfection.

The whole book was amazing especially because it was so unique. The story is told in a different form compared to the usual book format. It is composed of files, interviews, IM’s, video footage and many more. Look how beautiful they are:

I also love the plot from the start up to end. It was so unique and so epic. Who would have thought about a couple breaking up and a few minutes later, they are invaded and *boom* end of the world. Plus the Artificial Intelligence gone wrong and this  virus making people go crazy and go killing people for no reason. It was like I was watching a movie. Yes, I can say that this book can be an amazing movie (well, if made accurately).

Also, I can almost feel that the characters are real people just like us because of all their emotions depicted in the book. A few of them are the struggles of breaking up and realizing all the good and bad things you did when you were in a relationship and the horror of losing the people that means the most to you.

The character that I was so attached to is Kady. She was such a strong person even though she has her flaws and this is what makes her more real and more human. Even though she lost almost all people in her life, it didn’t stop her from pursuing what is good for her and for all mankind. I also love how she would sacrifice her safety just to save the person she loves. She really developed well as a character and I also like how she can do everything she never dreamed of doing.

I can also say that some of this book is  a bit cheesy but you know what, It is okay for me because those things kinda happen in real life. Duh? Being in a relationship makes you cheesy. (Admit it!)

Lastly, the twist and turns of this book is just amazing. It is so unpredictable and I really didn’t see things coming that is why it is so perfect for a book.

I definitely recommend you this book.

My Rating: 5/5


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