Book Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Posted July 15, 2016 by booksbeautyandcoffee in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

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Book Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published: October 20th 2015
Pages: 599

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.

My Review

I honestly don’t even know how to sum up all of the feelings and emotions I felt after I finished this book. It took me literally ten hours almost on the dot to finish it. I usually take at least two days to get into a book this size, but I honestly couldn’t put this thing down even when I tried. I think my Goodreads updates pretty much sum up exactly what I felt.

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I know I say that a lot of the books I read are an emotional roller coaster…… But this book was an emotional roller coaster. And like, you guys, I really mean it this time. I promise. I’m not just being dramatic like I usually am.


I genuinely have nothing bad to say about this book. So, sorry to people who love to read bad reviews, this is so not going to be that for you. I think the worst thing I can come up with is the fact that it took me a little while to get into the book. But then again, all of my favorite books have been like that.

The main character was hilarious, I loved her sense of humor so much. Ezra, the love interest, was a d o r a b l e. I honestly need my own Ezra because he always made every horrible situation into something funny, and he was just so sweet even after everything that happened. I just love him.


I have a bad habit, although I’m not too sure if its really all that bad, of getting so wrapped up in  a book and the characters, that I forget to look out for clues of what the plot twist is going to be, if there is one. Well, there was definitely one in this book, and I so did not see it coming! I was talking to one of my friends on Twitter, and she said she easily spotted it, but my jaw was honestly hanging. Maybe I was the only one who was so shocked by it, but I loved it!

I just really really loved this book and I can’t wait until I can get my hands on the next one! Which, actually going to have a huge fangirl moment right now, I won an ARC of it, so I’ll get to read it so much sooner than I originally thought! And of course there will be a review up for it full of the fangirlness.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

My Rating

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  • Welcome to the Illuminae obsessed club 😀
    I know the feeling. Believe me, I wasn’t in a very coherent shape when I finished Illuminae. It took me a few days to gather myself and just marvel at how much I freaking loved this book.
    Ezra and Kady were just… *happy sigh*. I love them SO much.
    Basically, I couldn’t agree with you more
    95 days for Gemina… trying to survive until then.
    Also, being super jealous of you right now for having Gemina.
    I hope you’ll love it as much – evern more – as you loved Illuminae (:

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