Book review: Illuminae

Title: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff


It’s the year 2575 and Kady and Ezra are teenagers living on a small icy planet called Kerenza. They’ve been a couple but they just broke up. However, this is their smallest problem, because one of the most influential corporations of universe decides to destroy Kerenza. After the attack, many people are rescued on one of three spacecraft which are accepting refugees. Ezra escapes on Alexander, Kady on Hypatia. Shortly after that, on third vessel Copernicus, outbreaks a virus which turns people into maniacs. Ezra and Kady are worried about each other and sudden conditions and they start to communicate with each other again. And of course, they want to find out what’s going on and find an answer to what is happening.

I don’t have to mention how high my expectations about this book were. With all the hype around this book I just couldn’t wait to read it!

The plot of this book is interesting – as mentioned before the story is happening in the universe, where war broke out between two largest corporations, one of them destroying planet Kerenza. At the beginning, I was little lost between all the names of the various characters, space crafts, etc. but after a while it was fine. The idea of the story was really likable for me and, of course, promised a lot of action.

I liked Ezra from the start but I can’t say the same for Kady. I think she’s without true character and she’s impersonal. Trough all story she’s just a brave heroine, who needs to “save the word” and that’s all. She doesn’t show any emotions and she’s overcoming all the inhuman efforts without complaining. Ezra, on the other hand, is such a nice and entertaining guy.

And what actually makes this book so special? It’s format.

This book is written as a set of documents collected by a group who wants to show what actually happened when war outbroke and wants to inform public what was going on after that. Documents include records of sound recordings, secret and hacked correspondences between different people, classified information and reports. And in such format, this book is also written. Oh, and it also includes a lot of graphic material.

And all this makes a book interesting and reading so unique.

If I would have to rate only a story, I would give this book 3.5 or maybe 4 stars. It was an enjoyable read, intense but nothing that would blow my mind. But… there is this cool unique format that makes reading experience even more interesting and special. And therefore, I think this book deserves 5 stars.

Rating: 5/5

Are you interested in reading Illuminae or did you already read it? What do you think about it?



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