Illuminae by Amie KaufmanIlluminae by Amie Kaufman


byAmie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Hardcover | October 20, 2015

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For fans of Marie Lu comes the first book in an epic series that bends the sci-fi genre into a new dimension.
 “A truly beautiful novel that redefines the form."Victoria Aveyard, bestselling author of Red Queen

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.
“Prepare yourselves for Illuminae.”
[Y]ou’re not in for an ordinary novel experience. . . .
“A truly interactive experience. . . . A fantastically fun ride.” —
“[O]ut-of-this-world awesome.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred
★ “…stylistically mesmerizing.” —Publishers Weekly, starred
★ “[A]n arresting visual experience.”—Booklist, starred
★ “[A] game-changer.” —Shelf Awareness, starred

“Brace yourself. You're about to be immersed in a mindscape that you'll never want to leave.”  —Marie Lu, bestselling author of the Legend trilogy
"Genre: Undefinable. Novel: Unforgettable." —Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures & author of Unbreakable
An exuberant mix of space opera, romance, zombies, hackers, and political thrills.”  —Scott Westerfeld, bestselling author of  Zeroes and Uglies
Stunningly creative. Smart, funny, and romantic.”  —Veronica Rossi, bestselling author of Under the Never Sky
“This is one of those rare books that will truly keep your heart pounding.” Beth Revis, bestselling author of Across the Universe
This book is xxxxing awesome.”
Laini Taylor, bestselling author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of the Starbound series. Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of the Lotus War series. Collectively, they are 12’5” tall and live in Melbourne, Australia, with two long-suffering spouses, two rescue dogs, and a plentiful supply of caffeine. They met, thanks to international t...
Title:IlluminaeFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:608 pages, 9.31 × 6.38 × 1.81 inShipping dimensions:9.31 × 6.38 × 1.81 inPublished:October 20, 2015Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553499114

ISBN - 13:9780553499117


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique book! I had very high expectations going into this book since every booktuber was talking about this story when it came out. It did not disappoint. The unique format combined to this crazy story filled with action and twists blew me away. Artificial intelligence fascinates me and even though its complexity and essence might not have been presented perfectly in this story, it was still a great introduction.
Date published: 2019-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So unique and gripping This book was AMAZING. I've never read anything like it and it changed my world. I loved the mixed-media format and it managed to make me feel what the characters felt even though we had no true descriptive paragraphs. I also really liked the way the dust jacket was designed, it was so fun to read
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected Favourite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book is unlike anything I have ever read. It told through documents, IM records, lab reports, dairy entries, and other forms of media. It was an extremely creative way of tell the story. For the full affect I would recommend reading the physical copy apposed to audio or digital. This book made me laugh and this book made me cry. I became attached to everyone and was at the edge most of the time. There were even a couple of twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. I will definitely be reading the next book!!!!
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unexpected Sci-Fi Adventure Magnificent !! Action packed and stunningly written. I HIGHLY recommend following along with the physical copy while listening to the audiobook.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! This book series is definitely not one you want to miss. Very action packed and heart wrenching. Lots of twists and turns. Very enjoyable .#plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this way more than I had anticipated The Nitty-Gritty: I did not expect to love this as much as I did. I think that’s because I’ve only read a few books where the story was told through documents and transcripts like this, and each time I found them gimmicky. Or underwhelming, at best. While it took some time to grow accustomed to the style of the book, I can honestly say that this dossier-style was the most compelling way to tell the story. The “recovered” data provides insights to several characters, all at varying levels of importance to the story. The “recovered” data also builds suspense really well – it’s established at the very beginning that no character is safe, we have countdowns to interceptions, and the entire file’s been recovered by a third party, so it’s completely possible for this book to end with no survivors. The stakes are high, and they keep climbing the entire story. I’m pretty sure that I have two new knots in my back because of the tension I was holding in my shoulders the entire three days that I was reading this book. I can’t wait to get a few more from Gemina. The Verdict: Illuminae is perfect for readers who love fast-paced, high-stakes, action based plots. Readers whose favourite reading spot is on the edge of their seat will love this story.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy Book Hangover The size and format of this book were a little intimidating but after finishing it...I offended myself by not reading it sooner. I read this 600-page beast in a single day and regret nothing. I would suggest reading the book along with the audiobook since the audiobook is a full radio show. Masssssssive book hangover! Make sure to have the next book available immediately
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good and is wroth your time Its actually intriguing to look at the cover and the way the two authors created the book. They made it original.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can't wait to finish this series ! I really didn't know what to expect going into this book, all I really knew was that a lot of people were loving it and it was becoming a hugely popular book. I was so pleasantly surprised by how amazingly written this book was. The story flowed so well even tho it was written in such a different format. Truly surprising book! Loved every word of it
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Epic Book! This book was highly enjoyable. I loved how the story was told through articles, ship records, communication transcripts and more. It was different, a good different. I did find the story a bit hard to follow at first but once I got into it everything made sense. The plot was very interesting and exciting, drawing you along through some pretty surprising twists and turns. I found that the characters had pretty realistic reactions to the harrowing events that they went through. I liked Kady a lot. She was brave despite her fear, and willing to give it all for those she cares about, and she is also smart. I really can't bear characters who make obviously dumb choices, Kady wasn't like that at all. I think Ezra is the perfect guy for Kady. He really is, you tell that he cares about her very deeply. **CAUTION SPOILER** (Though honestly I don't really remember which parts were Ezra for real or just Aidan pretending to be him, though Aidan is probably an expert at pretending to be other people.) **END OF SPOILER** Aidan was just creepy. That's really all I have to say about him/it, I'm not sure if I like him or not, he was mostly a jerk. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one!
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I had no idea what all the hype was about before reading this, but after I had finished it I understood why so many people loved this book. I loved it! I loved the interesting format! It was so interesting, and i was engaged through the whole book. I never wanted to put it down! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hated this The format made an otherwise generic story interesting for the first 100 pages, but the following 200 were hard. I didn't connect to the characters, I didnt care about their decisions or emotions and alll of the elements were things we have seen before in sci fi, done better and less muddled.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Cool The story was incredibly gripping it had me at the edge of my seat. The use of different mediums to tell the story was so cool and unqiue
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Fav I literally read this 600 page monster of a book in one day...I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool! The concept and format of this book was amazing, i loved every moment of it!
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected I truly did not expect to love this book as much as I did. I didn't want to conform to all the hype, but honestly, this book deserves it. It has it all. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The format of the story telling was so original and absolutely addictive. I finished this 600 page book in just two days. PICK IT UP!
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Original I wasn't exactly sure if I was going to like this book or not since the writing style was so different, but I LOVED IT. It was easy to follow. I did not want to put this book down!! I ordered the next book the minute I finished this one.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't judge a book by it's cover This book turned me away first then I read the first page then I got hooked on it. Great story with lots of twists and turns
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So cool! This is the weirdest book I've ever read. It's also the coolest book I've ever read. At first it seemed intimidating because of how long it is but I finished it in 2 days. I What made this book enjoyable was the way in which it was written. You're reading it through mixed media records of the events that occurred. I'd love to read more books in this format. I wasn't a fan of sci-fi until I read this book. It's definitely an interesting read and one I'd recommend. I think everyone should give this a try even if you don't typically read sci-fi/fantasy.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun!! This was a new experience, and didn't expect to love it so much
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Atypical format; great story! It took me a very long time to get used to the format of this novel, as I tend to dislike anything out of the ordinary (at least at first). It was, thus, a bit hard to follow at times, but the story was super creative and very engaging. Generally speaking, I don't enjoy sci-fi but this was a welcome exception.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing I cannot get enough of this series, I read this book and I immediately wanted to go back an re read it. It is written through manuscripts, chat logs and surveillance footage mostly, and let me tell you, it makes it SO interesting. For such a big book, it flies by incredibly fast. Would recommend this to everybody, I think it has something in it for everyone
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool Really unique in that is told via IMs, surveillance footage etc. Was hard to follow at the beginning for me. Didn't live up to all the hype but still good
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cool! This is very cool because of how it is written. its not just text, there are manuscripts and dialog, worth the read! if you like books about the future and war then you'd love this!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from If sci-fi intimidates you, this is a great introduction to the genre. (3,5/5 stars) This book was a breath of fresh air. What I liked the most about this book was its format. It made it an easy book to read after being in a slump for so long. I got attached to the character very quickly and got deeply invested in the story. The last 100 pages were lacking a little for me, it was all so very predictable, but overall, the story and the writing was great! Definitely a good introduction to science fiction if it isn't a genre that you are used to, because the format and the pace makes you want to keep reading it from beginning to end.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read This Book! *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review* # Indigoemployee I was unsure how much I would enjoy the formatting of this book, but it read really beautifully. Everyone should give this read a try, whether they are sci-fi fans or not! I know that I was pleasantly surprised.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I don't think I can adequately express how much I enjoyed this book. It was thrilling and so full of intrigue and adventure - amazing! It was so action packed and so full of mystery that you cannot put it down. Must read!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This book was fantastic! I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about it because of the strange format but that was maybe my favorite part! It was extremely easy to read because everything was broken up into such small pieces rather than lengthy chapters and despite this format it was still action-packed practically the whole way through. Would definitly recomend!
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good I enjoyed this book from the very start. I wasn't totally and completely hooked though, because I wasn't sure if the information I was confused about was because I didn't have all the info yet and wasn't supposed to have it, or if I just missed certain things because of the formatting. I liked the interviews and the instant messages and the emails and everything, and I basically knew what was happening, but a part of me was still confused, I guess. Once I hit about the 80 page mark (which doesn't take long because of the formatting) I was completely engrossed in the story. The characters were so well done to me, I think mostly because of the instant messages. It's like dialogue, and to me, dialogue really brings out and adds to a person. The whole idea behind the story and the impending attack, and the hacking and sneaking around and trying to figure out what was going on was suuuuper interesting and I just fell in love. Then the twist came a little over halfway through the book and I just. couldn't. deal. Oh my god. Seriously. Seriously. It just kept getting more and more exciting and edge of your seat and suspenseful and OH MY GOD I CAN'T HANDLE THIS. I also reallllly enjoyed all of the stuff pulled from AIDAN. Really quite. Shut up, that makes sense. ;) But then.... But then the ending happened. And I wasn't a fan. At all. And now I'm sad. So I don't know. I loved it. I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it. Until the end. And now I'm just sitting here like.... Really? Really? Ugh. So yeah. I guess it loses a star? 4 stars?
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I went into this book unsure of whether I would like it or not, as epistolary novels can kind of be hit-or-miss for me. However, I ended up being blown away! The story is so fast paced and twisting, definitely difficult to put down and left me wanting more.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Illuminae An interesting story... not my favourite though.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another win I just can't get enough of Amie Kaufman collabs. Great read, kept me at the edge of my seat and I could barely put it down.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was stunning. It took me a bit to get used to as it's like nothing I have ever read before. The story is told in the form of IMs, email, journal entries and other visuals that come together to form something truly unique. Ive never had feelings over looking at a blank page before, but this book caused it. I loved Kady, she was so strong and smart and full of sarcasm. Definitely one of my favourite female characters ever written. The story is so fast paced and interesting, I couldnt put it down. Its a large book, sitting at 600 pages, but I flew through it.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A unique YA! So refreshingly different and unique - I love the non-conventional story telling and the plot is so interesting. You'll never want to put this book down!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from something different if you're a fan of science fiction and end of the world stories, this is the one for you. so many amazing twists and turns, this book is hard to put down and is a delight to read.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OH. MY. GOSH. This book had my heart pounding the whole time. There were so many moments that I was genuinely scared that the main characters would die, which made the book so amazing. I also absolutely loved that everything in the story was told through hacked documents, interviews, files and such because it really added to the story. There were times I was astonished by the beauty of the pages and the way it was told didn't take away any feelings from the characters. The characters in this book were so good! I liked how after certain characters found out about their parents' death, they're feelings and actions were realistic and didn't forget about it. I've read some books where the characters seem to completely forget that their parents died just two weeks ago! I also love me a tragic hero, so the fact that there was one in this book was like icing on the cake.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Out of this world On top of the awesome and original presentation of the book itself, the story inside is awesome. The way everything is told is captivating and exceeds all expectations. The characters are very relateable and have a depth to their personality. Something is constantly happening. The story is full of action and suspense. Everything about this book is extraordinary, including the writing. Awesome book. Can't wait to read the rest.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm impressed Well. That was surprisingly impressive. I was aware, before going in, that this book was formatted very uniquely. For that reason, I wasn't sure if I would like it or not. (I wasn't sure if I was too old to appreciate this type of formatting!) It took me half of the book to decide if I liked it or not. It took that long to adapt to its rhythm and catch on to exactly what was happening. Part of this is because it was set in space and it always seems to take me a bit longer to process the lingo and mechanics of space travel. At the halfway mark, things started to get pretty exciting and not long after it became very difficult to put the thing down. So. I love it! There were twists and turns all over the place; things happening that I did not see coming. That's what makes a book 5 stars for me. The artwork by text was impressive as well.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book I couldn't put it down until it was finished. This book will keep you on guessing the whole time.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I got this as a hard copy and I love it so much. I love the effort that the publisher put into the design and the format of this book. The book itself creates such incredible attachment to the characters even though we are not even seeing it through their eyes but through files. It's just amazing.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book was so fun! I really appreciated the unique format the story is told in. I didn't really know what to expect going into it but once I had started I could hardly put it down.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected! I went into reading this not knowing if I would like it, based on its different format. I was so surprised that I'm loved it, and I ended up reading this on end for hours in as few sittings as I could! Definitely recommend if you aren't sure about different types of novels, and futuristic books like myself! Suitable for all ages in my opinion.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely one of the most unique book I have ever read I am so glad I end up finishing this book. It is absolutely amazing. The settings, the content, and most important of all, the style. Wow, I really don't know what to say. The style of this book is just so unique and interesting. There are pages with audio recordings, pages with computer drawing, pages with email messages and more. I am so thankful to my friend who read this book first and kept on recommending me to finish this book, and I am so glad that I listen to her and did. Or I would have miss out on this super amazing book. Be warned, the book doesn't really get interesting until after about a 100 and something pages, but after that, it becomes amazing and you won't be able to stop reading it. That is what happen to me. After I read a few pages, I actually got really tired of it because nothing is happening and I am so board. However, after I got after the boring section and into the action part, it just suddenly become so good. So if you think that this book is boring and can't stand it anymore. Give it another chance. Read till 200 pages. You will not regret it!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was okay. I love novels that are composed of found documents and other unusual formats. Unfortunately Illuminae was more style than substance, as the story felt like a stale dish on a fancy plate.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Creative.... Okay so this book was good..but not great? I finished it, but there were some parts that were really boring and I would doze in and out of it. But it was so fun to red at the same time because o all the amazing illustrations and the creative ways the authors laid out the writing. Its a neat book to try ut the story could have been better.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I wasn't sure if this was going to be a book that I was going to enjoy - I'm not usually interested in space-related fiction novels. But I absolutely loved it. I picked it up and hours later, I couldn't put it down at all. I'll be definitely continuing this amazing series!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from <3! Such a unique book, in my opinion. I like the way the whole book was made. When i first heard about this book, i had very high expectations about it and i was happy that they were reached. Overall, so great and can we please talk about the epic 'two-word' ending of this book. It really got me and made me shout 'Oh sh*t' out loud
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not For Me Overall I can understand why other people like this book, but it was totally not for me. I think that the way the story is told is an interesting concept but I never got into it enough to appreciate it. Instead it just frustrated me. The plot itself isn't very original, and wasn't that exciting to me. Like I said, Illuminae just wasn't for me, but maybe you would have better luck with it. The only thing I did like was the characters, but have heard that the second book Gemina is all new characters, so I will not continue with this series.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book sucked me in from page one. Love the unique format. The story was so gripping! Highly recommend for sci-fi fans!
Date published: 2016-10-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from an OK read Another Sister Blog Recommendation Challenge Book done! This challenge is an excellent way for me to pick up books that I’ve been meaning to read for ages. Illuminae was recommended by the lovely Audris, over at the YA Bookmark. I want to get the ship out of the way first. Kady and Ezra as a couple are basically thrown in your face starting page three. It isn’t instalove, per se, because they’ve just broken up, but it felt like Kaufman and Kristoff were anxious to establish how very real Ezra and Kady were as a couple, realized that wouldn’t be easily to do since the entire book is literally a dossier of military evidence, and decided to start early. This upset me for two reasons. It felt extremely unrealistic to me that they’d be so fixated on their romantic drama since the stakes in this book are stupid high (more on them later). More importantly, it was obvious that their romance was a very big driving force in the plot which annoyed me because a) I did not ship them and b) I like my romances character, not plot driven. I’m actually getting more irritated as I write this, gah. On to the good stuff. Kady. Lord, this girl has guts. As soon as the book started, she jumped right into the thick of the action, sneaking around, risking her neck every second day, and hacking and cracking stuff. She was so, so brave. She really came through in the last third of the book-- her combination of impulse and courage makes her the kind of heroine all of us want to be. She was beautiful and fearless and strong, and I really hope Kaufman and Kristoff aren’t done with her. I have nothing to say for Ezra, really. He bored me, he was way too romantic for me, and a tad hot headed. Like I said, he really only existed to further Kady’s arc. He was part of a very, very significant Twist that legitimately had me reeling and keening and gasping, Kaufman and Kristoff those sneaky--- And then he was part of another Twist that had me rolling my eyes and shaking my fists and yelling at the book. As for the format, well, I liked it, in that it was different. It does a good job of making the readers realize how high the stakes really are, and making them realize that fast. I feel like that wouldn’t have been possible in a traditional narrative. Three or four different mysteries are thrown in your face one by one. Since it took me a while to get used to the format, I was left trying to piece together information, flipping back and forth, sorting out people and spaceships in my head, but I didn’t mind. That felt like part of the whole Illuminae experience, rather than shoddy storytelling to me. The book starts after the invasion of an illegal mining colony, Kerenza, and we're flung headfirst into the aftermath. The questions about the attack are barely answered, the characters (and I) have barely recovered and then something goes wrong. There's action, political intrigue, twists, and the lives of a surviving colony at stake, and obviously, everyone has a different solution to the problem. The story is mainly fixated on Kady and Ezra, but there's a few side characters sprinkled throughout that made for a very interesting read. Questionable characters making morally grey choices and dealing with the aftermath of their choices, I am SO here for this. The entire dossier of documents tells a very intricate story. I liked every format presented (except an annoying Wikipedia-esque format used only once, thankfully). The book did a good job of maintaining suspense, exposing the nuances of its characters, unfolding the world Kady and Ezra lived in, making me root for the characters, and giving me approximately 3.5 heart attacks. Unfortunately, it also did that by making the whole thing feel a tad unrealistic. I know, I know what you all are thinking. It’s science fiction and space invasions! Everything’s unrealistic! Yes, but these are military documents. My heart just couldn’t roll with it. What it could roll with, however, was AIDAN. Hello, creepy destructive evil AI, where have you been all my sci-fi-obsessed life? I bristled a little bit at the geeky “010101” and “<ERROR>” gimmicks (I’m a Computer Science major and I will be relentless, yes I will), but truly, Kristoff and the graphic designers of the book pulled out all the stops when it came to AIDAN. AIDAN was so creepy, I was actually afraid to read towards the end when shit was blowing up left and right. He sounded cold and distant, and a little bit manic, every bit (pun intended) the computer program that had gone haywire and gotten all its code crossed. There were touches of humanity in him, and for a second there, I was fooled, but Kristoff was quick to follow that up with a reminder that nope, he’s a machine and doesn’t feel no love. On a sidenote, if anyone else really liked this format, I highly recommend The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin, also a docufiction, in which the “docu” part was (arguably) done a bit better. I’m super excited for the sequel and/or companion because it features two completely new characters! Kristoff and Kaufman have promised some exciting things!
Date published: 2016-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dynamic Read I bought this book for my sixteen year old son (who will normally only read Manga) because of the visually stunning way it is written and he raced through it. Then my twelve year old son devoured it and told me that I HAD TO READ IT. Illuminae is told through interviews, text messages, and other documents, with certain words blacked out, meaning there is no one narrator. Still, the story is remarkably easy to follow — as well as being engaging. This is a fun and dynamic way to tell as story that, I imagine, will appeal to even reluctant readers. I really felt for the characters and their plight. They were in an impossible situation, trying to get information in the midst of huge cover ups. Their world had been destroyed and everyone had family and friends who had been killed. Even through the documents and descriptions of videos, the reader can relate to them and how they must feel in this terrible situation. And there are some great twists, all of which are there to see in the documents, if you know where to look. The adventure, conspiracy, a quest for justice, and characters the reader can root for, combined with dynamic storytelling and page formatting make for a compelling read.
Date published: 2016-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVEEEE What starts out as a crazy invasion on a small little colony, comes an epic science fiction adventure that is also reminiscent of an alien movie. Minus the aliens that is. I don't know how to describe what "Illuminae" actually is because it falls on so many genres. Science fiction, action adventure, romance and thriller? Yep that's pretty much a mouthful of genres. Not only does it include a space adventure that you're willing to sink your teeth into, but it's also a thriller. Because there are the Afflicted who act like smart and creepy zombies! AHHHH! Two broken up lovers are our main characters, Kady and Ezra. Kady is a hacker who is intelligent, kick-ass, strong and sarcastic. Ezra is a space pilot who witty, confident, and romantic. I loved them both, but Kady takes the edge. She is the heroine rescuing her beloved and I loved seeing her play such a role in helping save the world from the bad guys. Ezra is hilarious and I couldn't help but laugh when he would IM with his friend because their chats were just too funny. I really liked both of their personalities and even their mixed up relationship. What I didn't get answered was way BiTech destroyed their planet. I wanted to know why they would do all of this in the first place. Here's hoping it's in the next book! Both Kaufman and Kristoff are one heck of a writing duo to bring forth a story that will glue you to its pages. Written in a stylized way, via Internet chat messages, interviews, letters, reports etc. "Illuminae" is creative and inventive. Packed with as much action as a movie you won't be able to put it down! Do not be intimidated by the gigantic page count of 599 pages. They're super quick to read, and it won't take you long to get into the nitty gritty of the story. You will be entertained, trust me.
Date published: 2016-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5+ Galactic Stars! Wow! Is there any way this book could have been any better?! Nope. From the very first page, Illuminae had my attention. Written and told in the form of confiscated official documents and reports, this story of corruption, war, and survival was in one word, EPIC! Set in the faraway future, in the year 2575, Kady Grant and her ex live on a settlement in a far reaching galaxy. The day Kady decides to finally call it quits with Ezra is the day their planet is attacked and destroyed. Once they make their desperate attempt to flee, they find themselves in opposite spacecrafts and Kady soon comes to realize that Ezra may not have been such a bad guy after all. In the midst of all this, a massive conspiracy and a widespread contagion, threaten their survival. Kady and Ezra and thousands of others attempt to survive the attack by fleeing back to the galaxy where law & order are still intact. But something is keeping them from making a clean getaway. AIDAN. You will have to read Illuminae to find out just who AIDAN is. No spoilers here. Enjoy! And then be heartbroken because Book #2 isn’t right there to dive into!
Date published: 2016-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book!!! Illuminae is told entirely in confidential documents, IM's, video feeds, audio transcripts, journal entries and more. It is the most unique idea I have ever seen. I bet there isn't one other book out there told like this one. I can't imagine the amount of time it would have taken to think of something like this, let alone create it. It's insane how everything is so well thought out. The beginning of this book starts off with 3 spaceships going on the run from a ship that's trying to kill them. And then the book just takes off from there. From the very first page to the very last, I was at the edge of my seat, flipping pages as fast as I could read them to find out what happened next. This is one of the most suspenseful books I've read in a long time. The further along I got, the faster the pace went. Enter the plot twists. It has been such a long time since I didn't guess the plot twists of a book. Let me tell you, I did not see one thing coming during this entire novel. Everything was a shock, which is really refreshing. Especially that ending. Man, oh man! The character's were really developed personality wise. The book did lack a little visual description for them but I think their personalities more then made up for it. Kady is my favourite with her sarcasm and wittiness. She reminded me of myself in that aspect. Although Ezra is an awesome character as well. He came in close second. > “Ezra: And then I said it. Interviewer; What did he say? Kady Grant: He said, ‘You picked a hell of a day to dump me, Kades.” > My favourite scenes throughout the novel were the IM's and interviews. That's when the snarky personalities of both Ezra and Kady really came out and I found myself laughing more then once. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves YA. I haven't read very many Science Fiction novels, but this one surpasses all the ones I have. With an interstellar war, star-crossed lovers, a viral outbreak and a crazy ship robot this book has it all. I can't wait for the next one!!!!!
Date published: 2016-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A showstopper of a first book in what promises to be an fast-paced science fiction trilogy. Review: This novel took a lot of my favourite things and combined them in a way I didn't know I wanted. I mean; outer space, AIs, existential terror, sarcasm, and emotional trauma all wrapped up in an oh-so-gorgeous package? I'm there. I'm all over that. Okay, so let's review this thing. This is, hands down, one of my favourite books of the year. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff chose to tell this story as a collection of found documents- a series of journals, interviews, military files, medical reports, transcripts of emails, and computer data- and it works really well. It opens up interesting possibilities for the storytelling choices, and the authors take full advantage of them. They make the story fast-paced, and full of twists. I loved way that this story was told. And it is SUCH a visually beautiful book. (Seriously, I don't say this often, this is a book that you really want in hardcover. It is so beautiful.) Kady and Ezra are both enjoyable characters to read- they're both very human, and I found myself rooting for them. Their dynamic is interesting- they're clearly two people who care a lot about each other, but they definitely have their conflicts. There's a whole cast of more minor characters, and an Artificial Intelligence that could almost be considered a main character itself. This book had a lot going on- and I mean a lot. The plot is complex and multi-layered, and builds quickly, growing more complex with each event. It starts off fast and gets faster, and the authors sure aren't opposed to killing off characters. Behind the flashes and bangs, there's a very human element to the whole story (read as: lots of heartbreak, humour, and sadness). I'm really looking forward to seeing where this series goes next!
Date published: 2015-11-11

Editorial Reviews

"Ambitious, heartbreaking, and out-of-this-world awesome." —Kirkus Reviews starred review

“Kaufman and Kristoff have created a fast-paced, quasi-political sci-fi thriller that is completely unique.” —Booklist starred review