Illuminae | Becca’s Bookish Review

Title: Illuminae

Authors: Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction



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 a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Firstly, the whole hacked document effect was SO COOL.

Secondly, the whole hacked document effect was SO ANNOYING.

Fret not, I shall explain.

Text messages, classified documents, core data, the effect was quite creative. I was surprised as to how easy it was to get to know the characters and feel such an attachment to them. Unfortunately, it took a bit of getting used to, and since there were so many different pieces of the document forming the story, it started out feeling scattered. In some entries the information even felt factual and boring, which is not really what you want to find in fiction. But, I soon got into it, very into it. The book and I just had a rocky start, that’s all. It didn’t take long for it to rise up in my rating, the sneaky little bastard.

When you think of this book, you probably think action-packed, and that’s certainly what it is. But I was surprised by some surprisingly wrenching moments of the moral variety. What is right, what is wrong? Should we let our emotions lead us or should we think logically? Definitely a plus for the story.

So much cheese though. So much. Especially in the romance, there were some lines where I wanted to barf. 

Though the slow beginning, it wasn’t long before this story gripped my mind and crushed my heart. 

It’s worth reading.

End of story.

(I was going to do a discussion but since the notes I took consist of NO DON’T DO THANK and NOOOOO I think it would be preferable to wait until I find a book that allows more coherence from me)