Mini-Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff



Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Format I Read: Physical ARC
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Synopsis from Goodreads

For those who don’t know what Illuminae is about:

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.

What do you mean by “mini-review”?

Okay, so I have a full review written for this book (one of my favorites of 2015), but I decided that I’d also post a little “mini review” of sorts.

I did a buddy read with Aila @ One Way or An Author and we gushed over every other sentence. I’m not even exaggerating about that. We started it at around 8pm on Friday night, stayed up until 1am, and finished at 3pm on Saturday. We could barely put it down to eat and shower–not kidding.

In this mini review, I decided to share Aila’s and my emotions! I’ve screenshotted a bunch of our messages from our buddy read to show just how amazing Illuminae is. Seriously, it was a roller coaster. I recommend that everyone go buy this book–it’s going to change literary history.

Our Reactions

And now… into Aila’s and my reactions!! (I’ve tried to make sure there are no spoilers–just emotions)

Even from the start, we were obsessed and in awe over this damn book. We were literally giddy, even when we hadn’t even cracked the spine yet.
The book had such an amazing balance and pulled off something that we didn’t think was possible. We were sucked in within the first page.
Notice that Aila soon changed her name to “Aila (Lt Sugarpants)”. And notice how quickly things escalated and the caps long turned on (and really never turned off).
In addition to AMAZING action, Illuminae had just about a million swoonworthy moments. There’s a fantastic blend of genres!
We’ve already boarded our ship and we will sail with it until the end. And we’re still reeling with how impressive this book is and what an amazing feat it is. Which demon did you sell your soul to, Amie and Jay?
We soon approached incoherent rambling and screaming. I think that my autocorrect is permanently scarred by these conversations.
And then there was the inevitable contemplation of an all-nighter. We were like addicts who didn’t even want to stop for sleep.
We didn’t think that we’d be talking much during this buddy read, but we literally messaged each other on EVERY SINGLE PAGE.
Jay and Amie managed to make you laugh one second and cry the next–it was an emotional roller coaster that you never wanted to end.
We constantly needed someone to vent to because our emotions were overwhelming us. To the right, you can see that we kinda lost the ability to formulate real sentences.
We literally couldn’t even type sentences, guys. It was just a series of cursing and crying and death. We were completely overwhelmed by the magnificence.
And then we started reaching the end… And we didn’t want to finish. But we also needed to read the amazing words that Amie and Jay wrote…
And then it was over… And we pledged our lives to Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and vowed to worship Illuminae for the rest of our pitiful mortal lives.
And now we’re trying to figure out how best to proceed.

And there you have it! Our overwhelming emotions brought about by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Seriously, guys, BUY THIS BOOK. It got 5 huge stars from me (and that’s only because there’s a 5 star limit. I want to give it 50000 stars). I honestly think that it’s going to change history.

  5 stars

Share in the comments: did you like this type of mini-review? Or do you prefer the traditional reviews?

With lots of bookish love,


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