Book Review, Science Fiction, YA

Review: Illuminae


 ★★★★★/ 5

Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Genre: Science Fiction, YA
Buy Links: Amazon , Book Depositry
MVP: Aidan
Book Description:
The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice covered speck. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their troubles are just beginning. A deadly plague has broken out on one of the space ships and it is mutating with terrifying results. Their ships protection is seriously flawed. No one will say what is going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth its clear only one person can help her. Ezra. And the only problem with that is they split up before all this trouble started and she isn’t supposed to be talking to him. A fantastically original, heart-stopping adventure where everything is definitely more dangerous than it seems.


“Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.”

I fangirled so hard over this book from the moment I saw a booktuber review it last year. This unique scifi book crafted by dynamic duo, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff,  is told through a series of multimedia devices such as audio transcripts, chat logs, recovered top secret files and dictated camera recordings. This futuristic type of storytelling adds to the excitement and allowed me to gobble up the 600 paged book in one sitting.

The plot is thrilling, mysterious and funny. The three characters that deserve the most praise are the full of sass and smarts Kady Grant, her ex boyfriend and cocky flyboy Ezra Mason and the ships AI,  Aidan. Together these characters captivated my attention from the first page and left me weeping for more at the end. Already there is buzz about the movie adaptation as Brad Pitt and his team have secured the rights to it. I’ve already ordered myself a copy of the next book Gemina and will be stalking my mailman until I can get my hands on it.

If you liked the television series Firefly or only have a fleeting interest in scifi you will love this book. Despite being a YA book, it read like an intelligent and well designed adult fiction novel. I can’t recommend this book enough and wish there were more interesting and detailed books like this available in the YA market.


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