Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Book Review

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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.

Illuminae is the first novel in The Illuminae Files Trilogy. I have heard such good things about this novel. Little Book Owl on Youtube raved about this novel and I was really intrigued about it when I heard her talk about. I really want to listen to it in audio book as I have heard it is done brilliantly but I am still a bit iffy about audio books. I was not disappointed when I picked this novel up. I gave this novel five stars on Goodreads without hesitation once I was finished.

Illumimae is a epistolary novel. So if you didn’t already know it isn’t your normal novel, it is told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more. These files show what happened on the Alexander fleet as they flee from Kerenza after the attack on the planet. It is beautifully planned out and the documents are interesting to read. The way that is written is amazing. I originally worried that the novel would be really fragmented due to the way it is compiled but I didn’t feel that that was the case. I did feel like I was reading a novel, I don’t think that you missed anything by reading it in this medium. They even cleverly used little briefing notes at the side to give the reader a little more information about what they were reading.The use surveillance footage to tell you what was happening when the character couldn’t because she was aways from a computer was something I really enjoyed. Even though the varying perspectives I didn’t feel as though it was jarring and jumpy which was great. It flowed really well.  It is so well put together. You can tell that Kaufman and Kristoff put a lot of work into the novel to make it as good as it is.

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This book takes you on such a emotional rollercoaster. One minute your routing for someone and then something happens and your routing for someone else. You go from terrified to happy to sad to scared to heartbroken, and then your like YES YOU GO. There a few amazing plot twists that you do not see coming at all I felt my heart break. I was all the feels!! The ending has a major plot twist and your like OMG NO!!!!! I did not see it coming. I was left gobsmacked there was dead silence.I was happy with the ending. the way the ended it was amazing and it was written in such a way that I felt it closed for this book in the trilogy but you want to keep reading to find out what happens next.

It is a predominately a sci-fi adventure novel. I personally don’t really think it is a dystopian society, more of a future society that kind of reminds me of Star Trek, you know people travelling on big ass spaceships etc. The story is told through the narrative of Kady and Ezra, who are your main protagonists of the novel. So we follow the story from their perspective, their emotions and problems. I think their relationship was written beautifully especially as it is established pre-page 1 it isn’t the insta-love that is so often seen in YA novels. I think Kaufman and Kristoff made their relationship feel genuine which is why I enjoyed it so much but it isn’t the main point of the story plus their was no love triangle which I appreciated.

It has started me off on the right track of my major bookish resolution of selecting genres I wouldn’t usually pick up. I usually read a lot of fantasy and this definitely encouraged me to pick up more sci-fi novels.I will definitly will be picking up the next book in the series – Gemina as soon as I can get my hands on it the moment it is available for pre-order I will be on that. You have no idea how excited I am for it.

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