Review: IIuminae

IlluminaeIlluminae by Amie Kaufman

My rating: 2 of 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.

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.


It’s time for me to accept the fact that I am not that big a fan of Sci-Fi books. Especially space books. Illuminae has a unique way of telling the readers a story. It’s told through emails, instant messages, document files, interviews, and a knock-off Wikipedia.

The book begins with an interview as Kady and Ezra explain what happened the day their planet was attacked. They are on different ships so it’s not a group interview but an individual one. While I reading the interview the characters really shone. You could tell that Kady is a serious person whereas Ezra is the exact opposite. I am not revealing what exactly went down during the interview hence why I am not using a spoiler tag.

The interview was so funny, romance orientated, and somewhat serious. I actually laughed a few times and smiled like a goof. From the minute the interview begun I was hooked! It was so interesting to read a book written as such.

For the reason I didn’t finish this. After I finished reading the sample I was actually looking forward to reading the book. As I started to look at more reviews I saw that it had been dubbed a ‘Space Opera’. For some reason this really angered me. The more time I spent thinking about this book I was really angry and wrestling with the fact that it was a space book. Although I have never read a space book I don’t like them.

Eventually I decided to give up because it angered me, after reading the synopsis a few times I lost interest, and it was a space book. I honestly did try to get into this but just couldn’t.

Overall this is not for me. The only reason I have marked it as ‘Read’ is because I did read the sample. I am giving this a 2 star because that interview was awesome. Please do not let my review impact your choice for reading this. If you are a fan of Sci-Fi, Space books, and like the idea of this writing style, then I highly recommend you read it. I hope you enjoy it more than I did!

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