[Review] Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Title: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publication: October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books
Genre: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 608
Format: ARC

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.


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My thoughts:

Wow! Just, wow!

Am I not merciful?

Everything is not perfect. Well, nearly perfect. It’s just so beautiful… The illustrations. This is seriously a book that was brain-stormed. Every page of this book is created beautifully, and honestly, I have no words for it (well, there are some).

wowThere are three known spaceships (battleships, maybe), namely Alexander, Hypatia, Copernicus and Lincoln. Well, four actually.

Kady Grant is a powerful, bad-ass female character in this book. She also has pink hair (Laini Taylor approves). Kady Grant is a skilled hacker, and has been hacking confidential documents and making people get in trouble. Who will not love her?

Ezra Mason is Kady’s ex-boyfriend and became a second lieutenant in Alexander. Nothing to talk about him except that he is cool, and he is a boy whose words are ██████ true and loving.

Now let’s talk about mother█████ AIDAN. It’s a self-repairing computer machine that is beyond intelligent than a normal person. It’s an überbrain according to Kady. Sometimes, I do ship a computer and a normal person. You just got to ship a non-living thing to a living thing. You just don’t see things like that every day. Kidding!

I’ve seen people die. Die hard. Die messy. Job like mine, you live with the reaper every day. But if you’re unlucky, it’s not the bullets that kill you in this gig. It’s moment like these. Killing you one piece at a time.

This gigantic book is not your typical book. It’s way different than you can imagine. You’ll just be surprised when you open this book and see the illustrations. Very epic!

I have to admit, there were some parts that really bored me to death. Nevertheless, the drawings compensated for those. I think I just broke my neck after seeing those illustrations. The ending of this book was really satisfying. I thought it will break my heart into a million pieces. I was never so wrong in my life.

“Now watch me read, Illuminae-nae” 

Let’s talk about the cover. It’s so ███ing AMAZING! It has this transparency thing on the paper, and seriously, I have seen no book like this before. Ever. In my life. It’s just an ARC. An Advanced Reader’s Copy that is also in hardcover format. Talk about perfection. I will always cherish this book wherever I go. 

Get this book when it comes out on October. You will go bat███ over this book!

4 swords

One four █████ swords for this book!


About the authors:

amie kaufman

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

jay kristoff

Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy. Part 3, ENDSINGER, is out now. He’s also co-author of the upcoming ILLUMINAE (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi… thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015, and NEVERNIGHT, the first part of a new fantasy trilogy kicking off in 2016.

Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13380 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.


To my Filipino readers,

This book will be out on October 20 in National Book Store. Don’t forget to check it out in any NBS branch on its release date. Buy it! It’s worth it! 🙂

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8 thoughts on “[Review] Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

  1. Awesome review, Justine! It really seems like your kind of book, the way you’re so enthusiastic and excited with this review. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed this book! I don’t know if I’ll ever like this genre but I hope, when I decide to delve into it. 🙂 By the way, is there a romantic plot in it? Hehehehe. 😀

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  2. Thanks for the heads-up, Justine. 😉 That’s the only thing that gives me hope in a genre like this– the romance side. Haha! Without that, a book will be boring. Lol. 😀

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  3. I just read about it on goodreads and then I come here and get a review… That’s an awesome way to start the day. 🙂 I will be waiting for the book to come out, so that I can add my thoughts as well. 😀

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