Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


Author  Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publisher Knopf Books | 2015
Pages 602
sci fi

5 stars

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.(from Goodreads)

This review is spoiler-freeeee! 🙂 

GET READY FOR SOME HIGH BOOK PRAISE!!! I’m SO happy this book was recommended to me. I was in the middle of a super frustrating audiobook slump and I asked for some recs on instagram, and the lovely Chelsea said that I should check out this series!

I was very intrigued by the synopsis for this book and checked out the audiobook from my library immediately. First impressions of the audio: that the Briefing Note voice was creepy and that I LOVED Kady and Ezra from their first chapters. The voice actors for them were so, so good. At first I was worried that I was going to be annoyed with all the extra file information that wasn’t Kady/Ezra, like the stuff about the Kerenza attack and whatnot, but all the added info was super interesting and was a really unique way to tell the story. I especially liked the guy who narrates the Surveillance Summary sections because those were hilarious.  

This audiobook was INTENSE (I’m actually really glad I did the audiobook for this because there was a moment near the end when I got a copy of the ebook to skim ahead and make sure it was worth finishing, and the format is really crazy and almost impossible to read via phone.) There were times when I was just super freaked out and had to take a break because my nerves were so on edge. Here’s some of my Goodreads progress updates that I think summarized my feelings fairly eloquently:

65% Literally had to pause and switch to upbeat music bc I’m SO stressed out and anxious. THIS IS INTENSE!!!!!
73% The AI’s voice triggers my fight or flight response

AIDAN WAS SO SCARY. Oh my god. I was so creeped out by him and his thought process and I just wanted him to stay the hell away from Kady and ugh. Ew. Every time I heard “More data from the Aidan core” I got goosebumps. TECHNOLOGY IS SO SCARY, YOU GUYS. I’ve been seeing a few people on Instagram saying that Aidan is their favorite character and I’m like WHAAAAAT THE F. 

I absolutely LOVED Kady and Ezra. They were so frickin adorable together and their relationship was so great. There were a lot of twists and turns in this and I was surprised by pretty much ALL of them. When THAT ONE happened, I shrieked. I was just driving on the freeway with my mouth hanging open for like 3 straight minutes. I was PISSED. I’ve never felt so betrayed. My Goodreads update was:


I will say that I was really hoping that the next two books wouldn’t be from different characters’ POVs, but alas… they are. I was kinda disappointed by that but Kady & Ezra’s story is not over yet and I know I’ll see them pop up again! I’m gonna continue on with the series though, so fingers crossed I like the other characters, too!

(Also can I just say that the one downside to listening to audiobooks is that I can’t get pullquotes to add to my reviews because there’s no way to highlight things! Booooooo)

2 thoughts on “Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

    1. Yeah it was so good! I’ll have to take a peek at the physical copy someday. I think the wiki pages were just read straightforwardly, like the person would say “here’s more info about ___” or something and then they’d just read the article!

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