“Illuminae” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Quick Statistics

  • “Illuminae” by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • Young Adult Science Fiction
  • Read a paperback copy
  • 5/5 stars
  • Finished reading on 10/20/17

Official Synopsis

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.

BRIEFING NOTE: 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.

My Thoughts/Summary

Oh. My. Word. I don’t know what I expected. But I didn’t expect this. And it’s so dang good. I didn’t realize how much I love books that take place in space, but that aren’t really about aliens or are super hardcore scifi? Maybe you’d consider this scifi, who knows, but honestly, I LOVED THIS BOOK and I’m now on a mission to read anything and everything Amie Kaufman writes.

Kady starts a normal day at school after breaking up with her boyfriend, until the planet that she lives on gets attacked, and all the survivors must flee to a fleet of ships. The whole story is told like a dossier, through emails and chat logs, interviews, memos which makes the book fly. The twist in this book is that AIDAN, the AI has gone haywire, and AIDAN is what controls all these ships.

I can’t say enough amazing things about this book, and I don’t want to give too much away. I went into this book totally blind, hearing amazing things and I fell in love with it. I devoured it in a day, and then immediately got the second one. I now have preordered Obsidio, the third one, because I just cannot get enough. If you like space, and space wars (think Star Wars) you will absolutely love this. There are twists, and they’re unexpected and absolutely keep you guessing. if you can get this in a hard copy, do that.

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