Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

“Am I not merciful?”

First of all: This book was amazing! My mind is so blown away that I don’t even know where I should start from.

Illuminae is a young adult/science fiction book. It’s written in a very unique way that makes it truly captivating from the beginning until the very end. Believe me, if you start reading it now, you won’t be able to put it down. So I recommend you to not start reading this book at night, I repeat do not start at night. It will always keep you awake for one more page and when you notice the sun is already rising and you have no hours of sleep left. Worth it, since this story is pretty much amazing.


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 mega corporations 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.

From Goodreads

Illuminae published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

The story is told through a collection of hacked documents, including interviews, emails, schematics, medical reports, military files, surveillance footages, and more. That’s what makes this book so interesting: you will not find the book format you’re used to. Instead, you get a unique way of telling a story which, in my opinion, was a really original and incredible way to do it.

This is the story of a teenage girl and a boy who, along with the rest of the people of their planet, are forced to leave it behind when a mega corporation comes along and tries to get their hands on what is being illegally mined there. This mega corporation, Bei-Tech, ends up going after the fleets of civilians in order to destroy any evidence that may be used against them.

This storyline was really good and it’s something that I’ve never heard of before. It’s a slow-cooking plot in the beginning, but it drastically changes into something so interesting that you won’t have the chance to be bored.

Illuminae has a really good captivating plot, brilliant storytelling, plot twists and lovable characters.

There is plenty of good characters for you to choose from: hackers, pilots, militaries, engineers, medics, etc. But my favourite by far has to be AIDAN (I’m not shouting, this is the correct way to write its name). AIDAN is the artificial intelligence that made me question myself about the future of this world with AI, because of all the decisions it made regardless of the consequences. It’s my favourite character because it’s unique in a twisted way. It makes you hate it, and then it makes you understand that it is actually not that bad even after everything it did. It makes you think and question yourself about the trust we have in technology nowadays and in the future of AI.

Once the stage was built around the characters, I had a really hard time putting this book down. I literally read over 300 pages in less than a day. I was obsessed and still am. I had no clue how many twists and turns I was in for. Imagine a rollercoaster: that is exactly how Illuminae is like.



Get ready for a bumpy ride!



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