Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Title: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publication Date: 20th October 2015
Pages: 599
Rating: 5/5 stars


The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations 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, exes Kady and Ezra – who are barely even talking to each other – are forced to fight their way onto the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But the warship is the least of their problems. 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 the hell is 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.

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.

After hearing the exciting news that Illuminae has been picked up for a film by Brad Pitt’s production company, I couldn’t wait to share my thoughts on this amazing, visually stunning book.

Although it is the story of two exes, Kady and Ezra, this is NOT A KISSING BOOK. There is a little bit of kissing, yes, but there are way more EXPLOSIONS! (Those of you who know how much I hate romance in YA fiction will understand why this is so exciting!!!)

My ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE THING about Illuminae was the format. It’s a file, put together by the Illuminae Group to make sense of the Kerenza disaster. It’s a series of documents, interviews, images and various forms of correspondence.

Fun times commence with the destruction of the Kerenza colony (one year ago today) and proceed chronologically through events on battlecarrier Alexander and science vessel Hypatia as best as we can reconstruct them.

Just look at some of the pages in my Instagram picture!!!!!! (Plus, my copy is signed, because I am one of the cool kids who attends book launches in my spare time!)

The authors weren’t allowed to swear but they poked fun at that fact on the first page. And they got around the no-swearing rule by blacking out swear words. So there is still some cussing! Haha!

Some written materials were censored by the UTA and had to be reconstructed by our commtechs, though profanity remains censored as per your instruction. Sure, the story kicks off with the deaths of thousands of people, but god forbid there be cussing in it, right?

The artificial intelligence system, AIDAN (Artificial Intelligence Defense Analytics Network), might be going a bit insane. But I loved him! He reminded me of Cortana from the Halo series (I haven’t played the game though, just read the first book). AI characters are so coooool! If a little bit terrifying at the very real possibility of having them in our future. And AIDAN is reason enough to stop any research into this field. He likes to think he knows best for everyone. Even when he doesn’t.


As a final point, I need to reinforce that this book is AMAZING and you should definitely read it so that I have other people to fangirl about it with!!!!

Is the format of a book important to the story?


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