Illuminae Book Cover Illuminae
The Illuminae Files, Book 1
Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Juvenile Fiction
Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
October 20, 2015

"The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship's artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all"--



“Illuminae” is a book like none other I have ever read.  It felt like I was watching a documentary while playing a video game, with the occasional break to notice I was actually reading a book.

I don’t even know how to write about it without spoiling it, because even the format in which the story is told seems like it would be better as a surprise.  There is romance, a lot of humor, some crazy space stuff, a conspiracy, viruses, etc.  If you can think of it, it is probably in the book.

The beginning is a little slow, but once you get used to the unusual format the pace begins to pick up.  By the end it feels like you just started reading.  I really do wish I could say more, but I hate spoiling something so darn fun.  And trust me, if nothing else, this book is fun.

I highly recommend “Illuminae” for upper middle readers and up, especially those with a love of video games (hint: Portal)  and science fiction.  The quick-read format makes it an excellent choice for reluctant readers.

This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Content Warning:

Sexual Situations, Violence, Creepy Stuff

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