Review: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Posted August 28, 2016 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie KaufmanIlluminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20th 2015
Pages: 599
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Also in this series: Gemina, Gemina
Also by this author: These Broken Stars, Gemina, Gemina

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.

So this is basically going to be a huge gush fest.  I loved this book so freaking much. And I have to say this is the BEST narrated book I’ve listened to.

First let me start off with the narration. It has a full cast and sound effects.  When things are going happening that are out of the normal you hear it! It adds so much more to this reading experience. And the narrators did a fantastic job with the characters. You can tell the difference between each one and aren’t left guessing which character is speaking.

I loved the style that this book was written in. I’ve read books told through journals, but this one has mission updates, instant messages, and communications between ships. I loved it.  It made it seem like the book was flying by, even though I wanted to slow it down. It’s very unique in it’s storytelling.

The plot was fabulous. I thought I had it all figured out, and there were twists and turns everywhere. I enjoyed seeing the obstacles that all the characters have to overcome and get through. It was phenomenal.

These authors have a way of making you love, or hate, all the characters in this book. No matter how much page time they have.

Kady and Ezra go through so much, and figure out so many things about themselves. You can’t help but to root for them every step of the way.  They have fears, hopes, and skills like you wouldn’t believe.

All in all, I can’t wait for the next book. Luckily I don’t have to wait long. It’s just a couple of months away!

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About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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