Illuminae by Amie KaufmanIlluminae by Amie Kaufman


byAmie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Paperback | April 25, 2017

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“It certainly filled the Battlestar Galactica–shaped hole in my heart.” Victoria Aveyard, bestselling author of The Red Queen
Read the New York Times bestselling blockbuster that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.” The first in an epic sci-fi series unlike anything else out there.
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.
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.
Brace yourself, because you’re about to be immersed in a mindscape that you’ll never want to leave.” —Marie Lu, author of the bestselling Legend series
Prepare yourselves for Illuminae.” —
You’re not in for an ordinary novel experience. . . .”  —
“A truly interactive experience. . . . A fantastically fun ride.” —

Don't miss the rest of the series!
The Illuminae Files_02: GEMINA
The Illuminae Files_03 -- title to be revealed!
New York Times bestselling co-authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff met thanks to international taxation law and were shocked to discover they share a love of blowing things up and breaking hearts. Their first collaboration resulted in the international bestseller Illuminae. Separately, Amie is also the co-author of the bestselling Sta...
Title:IlluminaeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 8.25 × 5.48 × 1.65 inPublished:April 25, 2017Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553499149

ISBN - 13:9780553499148


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Illuminae I'm not usually a sci-fi fan, but I loved the way this one was written!
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting a good sci fi, topic a bit cliche but well developed and written
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got Me Interested in Sci-Fi Again! I bought this book when it first came out because of the cover and the way it was written in 'documents' and not in narration. I absolutely loved this book, the character have fantastic personalities and the pacing is great. This book even caught the interest of my brother (who isn't a reader).
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! This was a little hard to get into, but so worth it. At about the half-way point this story really takes off. The plot is so fast paced, and the formatting (the book is told in files and e-mails mostly) actually becomes very gripping. Will definitely pick up the sequel!
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting I couldn't put this book down. The storyline was unique and thrilling, and the format lends to the story so well. I read this in a day and at times actually gasped out loud at the twists and turns of the plot. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! This was an amazing read. This was one of the best books that I have read in 2017. It definitely made my all-time favourites list, For this book, I listened to the audiobook, while reading the book. I absolutely loved it because it felt like the characters were really coming to life this way. The story had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The format and the writing of the book was amazing. There was action, romance, and a bit of a horror aspect as well. I loved the characters and the world was fantastic. I believe that this is one of the best YA Science fiction books out there, and I cannot wait to read Gemina. Overall, an incredible read.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique!!! Ok seriously probably the most unique and unconventional book I've ever read. Madness, surprise, unique story telling at it's best. The main characters are LOVELY and VERY CUTE.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW Out of this world! Such a unique story telling style
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Out of this world This book is so incredibly interesting, with a clever plot and a unique format that made it all the more fun to read.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning !! **Stunning**. Set in the year 2575 and written exclusively with text messages and memos, this sci-fi space adventure is an incredible achievement. An unusual distinct style of writing, this extraordinary spellbinding tale begins to unfold swiftly and the reader is soon captivated. The colony of Kerenza is unexpectedly attacked and the people are scrambling to get to the shuttles to escape the missiles pounding down at a horrifying speed. Unfortunately the Artificial Intelligence Defense Analytics Network (Aidan) has been heavily damaged and unable to assist with defense or aiding the injured to escape. As hackers try to get some response from Aidan they soon discover it is running amok and has become a dangerous force with it’s intentions unknown; helping or out to destroy. Illuminae is a thrilling, mind-blowing story and one of the best sci-fi’s written. Highly recommended!!
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I loved how this book was written and set up. It was my first time reading a book with this writing style and I really enjoyed. I'm looking forward to reading the second one in the series!
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ This book is amazing. The characters are so interesting, the plot is beautifully crafted and I can't even find the words to express the amazing aspects of this book. I don't like sci-fi, but this book blew me out of the water. THIS IS A MUST READ.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring Maybe this is just not my genre, but I found it hard to follow
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I’ve been watching <i>Star Trek: TOS</i> so once I finished <i>Gentleman’s Guide</i> I knew I wanted something with starships and space battles and silly pseudo-science words that make no sense. <i>Illuminae</i> was the only sci-fi book that I had on my TBR shelves that seemed even close to what I wanted, and it absolutely delivered. My copy is a two year old ARC that doesn’t have the right cover or all the art it’s supposed to but I could not stop reading. It was compelling, refreshing, and surprisingly heartbreaking. The book is told through a series of fake reports, conversation transcripts, IM logs, and other data. I didn’t think I would like the format because it adds another barrier between the reader and characters, and I wasn’t exactly wrong there – I still don’t have a proper grasp on either Ezra or Kady – but this somehow did not take away from my enjoyment. And as the book went on, I loved both characters (and their friends) regardless. Also I am 99% sure I am not imagining the <i>Star Trek</i> references. Right? Someone reassure me. The only thing that really bothered me was that I don’t exactly understand why BeiTech attacks the colony. Maybe I am not supposed to understand, but the motivation for the antagonists was murky and confusing. I am also not sure whether to attribute this confusion to the fact that we only see the protagonists’ side because of the book’s format, or to the world-building itself. Either way, I felt like I was missing something the whole time, which is the only reason for the lost half star. After finishing it, I was dismayed to discover that the series is not over yet, the second book is only out in hardcover, and the third only releases next March. Truly horrifying, I know. Naturally, I bought <i>Gemina</i> immediately and now I need to get my hands on a hardcover copy of <i>Illuminae</i>. In all, though, the book was great. I was reading in bed, on the subway, in free moments in class, and while walking (at night–I was that invested). If that doesn’t say <i>read this book</i>, I don’t know what does. || read this review on <a href="">my blog</a> ||
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I read this book in one sitting, forgetting to eat at one point, and eating while reading at another. This is everything I look for in a book; creativity, a problem that makes you think about the moral and immoral sides as the right answer, loveable characters, interesting format, and something to haunt you long after you've finished. This is the perfect book, and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. You may feel a bit discouraged at first, but you will adore it as you progress. I would rate higher than 5 stars if possible.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Unique formatting and a fast-paced story makes this a quick read! Really enjoyed this and the sequel.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this Very suspenseful and interesting plot and setting
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Probably my first time reading a sci-fi book and I was blown away. I immediately loved the characters and it's so imple because there are basically just 2. It was also really fun to read it's such a joy :)
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dear god! You need to know one thing: I haven't found a space kind of book that I liked. Before this. How it was written was really original it hooked me up. I love Ezra and his '' Look at it wiggle...'', hilarious. It start with the planet being invaded and it DOES.NOT.STOP. Bravo!
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and exciting read What a great and different format! I read while listening to the audio book. Was so much fun!
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great reviews! I have heard many great things about this book and can't wait to read it!
Date published: 2017-05-01
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: 2016-12-23

Editorial Reviews

“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“It certainly filled the Battlestar Galactica–shaped hole in my heart.”—Victoria Aveyard, bestselling author of The Red Queen "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