{Review} Illuminae


about the 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 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 Thoughts

Rarely do I finish a book and immediately feel the need to write a review about it. And rarely do I pick up a book that’s close to 600 pages and devour it in 2 days. I don’t even read science fiction very often. But I bought this book on a whim Friday, because I was craving something different to read, something that would blow me away. Well, MIND BLOWN.

This book was so completely different from anything I’ve ever read, but I absolutely loved every minute of it. I loved how the story was told in emails, reports and documents. It was incredibly suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I read it. I couldn’t get enough, and I hated when it ended, it was that good! There is just so much to love about this book. The banter, the suspense, the badass heroine, her swoony boyfriend, even the freaking computer database controlling everything won my heart.

This book just proves that once in awhile you have to step outside your comfort zone and try something new. There are so many fantastic things about this book, and I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to try it, even after many of my friends raved about it.

This kick ass book definitely goes on my favorites list. And I’m anxious to get a copy of Gemina now. This was the best book to start off the new year!

Bottom Line

Freaking fantastic. Even if you’re not a fan of sci-fi or even young adult, I still highly recommend you pick up this book!

5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance

Series Standalone

Published October 20, 2015 by Knopf Books

Length: 599 pages


20 thoughts on “{Review} Illuminae

  1. Yvo says:

    Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I’m still kicking myself for trying to read it on my kindle; definitely the worst idea ever. I hope you will enjoy the sequel as well!

  2. Kathryn says:

    When I visited your blog last time I noticed the side bar and that you were reading this book which I’ve seen everywhere. I thought I am going to see what Brandie says and be guided! Okay I have and now its definitely going to be read this year by me.

  3. Michelle says:

    This is an amazing story. I have yet to get to Gemina but I sort of want to read Illuminae over again before I do, not because I don’t remember the story but because it is just a fantastic story that I want to experience again. I am so glad you enjoyed it!

    • Brandie says:

      I should have listened to you when you first raved about this book. I even remember you telling me it’s a little out of my comfort zone but I should still try it. I am SO glad I finally picked it up. I’m still thinking about how awesome it was! I’m getting a copy of Gemina this week and starting it asap. I tried starting a few other books last night and nothing was sticking with me. Major book hangover.

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