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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


TITLE: Illuminae
WRITTEN BY: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
HOW I GOT IT: Bookdepository
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 600
GENRE: young adult, science fiction, romance, fiction.


(PLOT BY GR) 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.

REVIEW: The hype was real, even if I didn’t think this book was ideal for me and the plot didn’t really catch me and the science fiction on books is not my thing I read so many really good reviews about Illuminae that I’ve couldn’t set my expectations to a low point and I need to give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed about it not even a little.
An unique and utterly weird reading! There are no books as Illuminae in the world. It’s definitely a 4 STARS book! I can’t give it the fifth star just because there is too much technical terms in a language that isn’t mine, so I wasn’t able to catch everything at perfection. But this book is UNIQUE in the world. In the UNIVERSE!!

The book was like a bible. I’ve never read something like this before! The story has been told through reports, emails, military files and more — I especially adore the schematics of the ships, I’ve actually lost a bunch of times on studying their planimetries. It’s like living directly all the story. At first, the reader doesn’t know a single thing: you don’t know if Kady will stay alive at the end of the story or what’s the destiny of the three ships. You just need to live the story through all these files that aren’t always that easy to read. Sometimes I was totally lost between all the technical terms and I didn’t really understand what the characters were going to do.
And not only that, but you enter in the mind of an AI (Artificial Intelligence) who is totally a villain but he’s not really a bad guy. I mean he’s a computer. Yes, I’m using ‘he’ because his name is Aidan and he has feelings and craziness in himself so I can’t see him as a machine. Beside this topic is one of my fears: the machines are going crazy and will destroy all thehuman race! Well, almost.

“Am I not merciful?”  

There’s also a virus. As you know, I’m a big fan of The Walking Dead, I’m just squealed when there was a virus killing humans spreading all over. Even if the story and origin of the virus didn’t totally satisfied me.

There’s also a little romance in this book. It’s not really the focus point which I loved but Kady and Ezra are so cute in some way. I really appreciate the little romantic thing in the book.

“I should have told you I loved you every day. I should have given you the stars.”

You will know what Illuminae is only at the end of the book that finishes with a cliffhanger and a premise for its sequel: GEMINA. I actually can’t wait! I need to pre-order it as soon as I can!


“The universe owes you nothing, Kady. It has already given you everything, after all. It was here long before you, and it will go on long after you. The only way it will remember you is to do something worth remembrance.”

RECOMMEND THE BOOK: I recommend this reading to anyone who hasn’t read it yet. The story will drag you in a future where the humans aren’t control everything. This is such a unique reading that you cannot not give it a TRY. You won’t regret it.

If you’re waiting for GEMINA you can preorder it or you can start reading Jay Kristoff new book: NEVERNIGHT

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