Wednesday, October 9

Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Published By: Oneworld Publications
Publication Date: October 22, 2015
Date Read: August 16, 2019
Genre: YA - Sci-fi
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 602
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25877135-illuminae

From Goodreads:
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.

"She is catalyst.
She is chaos.
I can see why he loves her."


I have seen so much about this book over the last few years. Honestly, everywhere I looked online this book was being raved about. However, I was really skeptical about reading it. I'd previously read one of Amie Kaufman's books and not really liked it, so it kind of put me off trying this series. Add to that the fact that this book isn't told in normal narration, it really put me off. Fast forward a couple of years and I read Aurora Rising and it completely and utterly blew me away! It was absolutely stunning so I decided maybe I should give this one a go. Well, it's time for me to go back on everything I said about not liking books wrote in letters/documents etc because I could not put this book down! It was absolutely incredible.

I am already a huge fan of sci-fi books. I absolutely love them and so the storyline was already something that I was intrigued by. Illuminae is without a doubt the biggest surprise of the year for me as I was not expecting to love this one quite as much as I did. I loved every single second of it and I seriously could not read it fast enough. I was absolutely flying through the pages. This book was so damn addictive and really difficult to put down.

Illuminae is honestly one of a kind. The storyline is fantastic and the way it's told it completely addictive. I've read books told in letter format before and while I enjoyed them I just kept thinking how I'd probably have loved it even more had it been told in prose. That is not the case with this book. It is genius and perfect told in this format. I honestly bow down to Amie and Jay for writing this story this way because it is unique and incredible and pretty damn clever for them to have done. I loved every single moment.

Illuminae is one of my favourite reads of the year to date. It was fast-paced, action-packed and it was so very emtoional. I can't believe just how stunning this book is. In both story and aesthetically. I just love everything about this book and cannot wait to read the other books in the series. If you're a fan of YA sci-fi I highly recommend you try Illuminae. You won't regret it. It truly is out of this world!

"I should have told you I loved you every day. I should have given you the stars."

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