Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

My Rating: 5/5 burning stars! 

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Published: October 20, 2015

Recieved: I purchased this at target a long time ago…

Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Nobel / Book Depository 


Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she’d ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But the warship could be 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 biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.


This book is 100% awesome! I laughed while I read and I cried a bit too. The way this book all came together had me floored. 

For full disclosure I was afraid to read this book. The popularity it has rightfully garnered since its release scared me. Especially when I had read a few mixed reviews from those that found this formatting not for them. However, Once I got into this book and found little areas of humor mixed with some very dark and sad truths I fell in love. 

Kady, Ezra, and Aidan were truly the Stars of this book. Kady being our hack pro heroine sporting pink hair and a spicy attitude. We never do find out why Kady and Ezra break up in the beginning of this book and that is the one curiosity that plagues me now. Ezra himself is charismatic in the way that even though he sometimes says the weirdest things, you can’t really hate him. I dub him Adorkable and I really enjoy Kady and his relationship. 

Then we get to AIDAN. Mister Am I Not Merciful? himself. I think reading his (is he truly a he?) files were the most fascinating and truly thought provoking of all. I have so many conflicting emotions about this AI because even though he may be insane and quite possibly murderous, he has some emotional things he thinks about that tears my heart to pieces. I truly do not know how to feel. 

All I want is to spend my next couple of days or so reading Gemina and then once Obsidio comes out reading that as well, but I sadly do not own Gemina yet and right now I’m super tempted to purchase it.. even though I can’t yet… 

Anyway, if you are one of the people out there who has been on the fence about Illumnae.. or just haven’t gotten to it yet, please bump it up on your tbr. You won’t regret it. 

Thanks for reading! If you have read Illuminae already let’s talk about how awesome it is down in the comments, and if you haven’t read it yet, let me know if you do plan to read it eventually. 

-Till next time! 

47 thoughts on “Illuminae: A Review 

  1. I read Illuminae and I’m sorry to say that I didnt enjoy it. It was good at some parts, but the writing format really wasnt for me. I feel like I didn’t get as much out of the story as I should have and I feel like I missed parts. I liked the story, but I dont think I’d be able to look past the format to read Gemina.

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        1. I did still have a few issues with the format, mainly in terms of the font becoming unreadable at times, but I found the story and characters more engaging.

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          1. I might check it out then. Maybe if I’m feeling like reading a book that has all different fonts and formats.

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          2. …me this time was the addition of some cool details – references to other YA authors and some great illustrations by Marie Lu. To me they made it all the more cool and engaging.

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  2. I love Illuminae and Aiden is such a hunny, I mean it might kill us all one day but I still wanna be it’s friend XD Gemina is AMAZING so I hope you love it. I already have Obsideo preordered and cant wait to read it

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  3. I was so eager and scared at the same time when I started reading this book. The whole format of it had my expectations high already, not to mention the whole hype around the book.
    I was twice as scared when I actually started reading and just couldn’t lose myself in it. But looking back, that was mainly because I still needed to find out who the MC’s were going to be and what Illuminae was about exactly. Once that was cleared up… Boy, did I fly through it! Absolutely loved everything about it. Can’t wait to start Gemina! [But first, ARC’s, ARC’s and ARC’s because August..]

    Great review! ^-^

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      1. I was behind on my ARC’s, haha; so it was as good a time as any to use it as my ARC-motivation.
        After this, I’ll have to tackle my own TBR as well, though.. I have three double-stacked shelves with TBR’s at home.. Gemina is one of them, so it’ll probably be one of the first to read, ha!

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  4. This is one of my favorite series, so I’m so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❤ I can't wait to see what you think of the rest of the series.

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