Howdy ya’ll! Today we’re reviewing
ILLUMINAE BY AMIE KAUFMAN AND JAY KRISTOFF
Where do I even start with this review? I couldn’t even make two coherent sentences when I talk about this book, but I shall try my best.
I definitely would recommend this to every single person I know, whether they’re a reader or not. I want to let this be known for all the people I know so I could share inside jokes from the book; so I could discuss with another human being; but most importantly to have someone to fangirl with. This is one of the books that will make you fall in love with it from cover to cover.
Physically, it’s 599 pages thick and it just makes the book all the more beautiful to hold and stare at. The cover designs of the book and what’s under it is absolutely mesmerizing. I stared at it for a good few minutes before I started reading it because – how can you NOT stare at that beauty? And don’t even get me started on how much I loved how the pages had illustrations, and some pages were white, some were black. Add that to the already heaping reasons why this book is uniquely amazing.
Now on to the book itself: It is ingenuity in its finest. And since I suck at summarizing, let this Goodreads summary be of great help:
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.
I’m a sucker for any story featuring galactic travels and epic space adventures, which was the main premise of the book. While reading, I found myself connected with the characters even though the experience was strictly non-primordial (although I would have liked to travel through space, too – just not under those circumstances).
Character-wise, Kady’s attitude towards the situation in general is greatly admirable, makes me think I want to have the same determination and intelligence as her. She’s really clever and witty, as well as what I describe as a no nonsense person. Ezra, on the other hand, reminded me of Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. He’s not like the typical type of male leads you read from YA. He’s actually one of the closest male leads to real life. Like Kady, his determination is unfazed. That’s what I admire about him most. Together, I think they make a really cute couple and despite them being pictured as exes from the beginning of the book, I ship them.
I’ve never been to space (though I would definitely want to), but I found it easy to understand this world and see the setting of the book pretty clearly. I had goosebumps in the scenes where the *galactic* fight scenes were underway because they were so good –so engaging you simply could not put the book down. And to be honest, I’m not as familiar with binaries and other codes and all the computer coding technology slang, considering the whole technology stuff itself, but this book has a way of making you want to understand them. I actually find the aforementioned quite boring and easily outs me to sleep, but this book was infinitely far from lulling me to sleep – it was actually the opposite.
That being said, there isn’t a boring page in the book. I felt so many feels while reading this. I laughed, I cried, I was at the edge of my seat anticipating for the next thing to happen, and all that jazz.
I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars. The action, the fantasy aspect, as well as the science fiction, and romance of the book was on point. I couldn’t have wanted it any other way. I do not want to overhype this book for you, but I can’t help myself. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you do. 😉
What did you think of Illuminae? I’d love to hear your thoughts about it.
Thanks for reading! Til the next post x