Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff


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My Ratings : 4 stars

About this Book :

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 a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.
     But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

My Review:

It’s not the bullets that kill you. It’s moments like these.
One piece at a time.

Illuminae was something else. The book itself is beautiful. That gorgeous cover, pictures and pin ups. One should buy this book just to adore its look. But hey, there’s more to it than that. The whole concept of writing a story through official reports, interviews, text conversations is brilliant. I must say that at first, I felt sort of disconnected with the characters because of the way this book was written but that was immediately forgotten as soon as the conversations started. The chat messages between Kady and Zhang, and also Ezra and James were so funny and exactly the way teenagers chat ( I would know) that I started caring for these characters. The book starts with an interview where Kady and Ezra are talking about the attack.That in itself was fun to read. Both are sent on different ships. While Ezra is a pilot and is helping out, Kady uses her own hacker skills to find out what these officials are hiding because something is wrong here.

I should mention that reading those formal reports and those pictures of spaceships etc got boring but then the second half of the book blew my mind. Artificial Intelligence Aidan has gone rogue. There’s a virus, a battle, internal conflict, fear and such intenseness. The book is fast-paced with wonderful writing especially the AI’s POV. That was the most enjoyable part to read for me. So you see this book is just plain awesomeness blended with art, beauty and emotions. Do you wonder why I didn’t give it 5 stars then? Because of random dump of informations about the ship, the Lieutanants and stuff which I didn’t really care about. And because of the way this book was written, I couldn’t care about or even understand the other characters apart from the main ones. “I wish there was more of this book,” I thought after finishing it last night because of that kind of Cliffhanger and guess what? The sequel won’t be out until October What am I to do?

Have any of you guys read this book? If yes, what did you think about it?

To those who haven’t read it, will you? Is it on your TBR?

Love, Alex 🙂


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