Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up.



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. (Goodreads)


Illuminae has been largely talked about ever since the ARCs were released at last year’s BEA. The thing that everyone is curious about is the format that the book is told in. The entire story is written in files, interviews, text messages, computer programs, and more. I absolutely loved this book and read it in a day. The first 50 pages were hard to get through because of how it was set up. The story started out a bit confusing, but the more you read the more the setting and everything going on makes sense.

Not only were the plot and format of this story unique, but so were the characters. Before the start of the book, our two main characters, Kady and Ezra break up. This is the first time I’ve read a book where rather than two people falling in love, the story follows two people who just broke up. To make it even more interesting, they both end up in different situations and the only way they can get out of it is to work together. The two main characters were both extremely likable and relatable, which rarely happens. I was worried that since the book has such a strange format, on top of the fact that two people wrote this book, that maybe the writing wouldn’t be the greatest. That was not true at all, the writing was just as great, if not better, than any other YA book. Both Amie and Jay have written other books neither of which I have read, but after reading this, I plan to. Another thing I was concerned about before reading this book was if the book was told in files, how were the characters, and their development throughout the story going to be shown to the readers. Once again, the authors came up with the perfect way to make sure readers would stay connected to the characters the whole way through.

Lastly, this book is extremely sci-fi, probably the most space related book that I have read. The main characters live in space ships and different planets and they have super tech computers. The science and technology aspect of this book was never confusing, and was presented in a way that was both understandable and interesting. This book would be great for someone who has never read science fiction and just wants throw themselves into it and try it out. The sequel to this book is called Gemina and it is easily one of my most anticipated books of this upcoming year.


Five Out of Five Stars

This book had medium violence, and medium romance that was discussed, not seen. Technically, this book had no swearing, because whenever a curse word would come up it was censored. Even though, it was censored, it was still pretty easy to figure out what they were saying.


Pages: 599

Buy Book Here: Amazon

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