You deserve every star in the galaxy laid out at your feet and a thousand diamonds in your hair. You deserve someone who’ll run with you as far as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back.



Title: Illuminae
Series: The Illuminae Files, #1
Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Published: October 20, 2015
Edition: hardcover
Pages: 599
My Rating: 5/5
Goodreads page

ATTENTION: There are no spoilers in this review.



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.

(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)



The story has a lot of elements to it. There’s the sickness, the battles, and the scheming.

The sickness was one of the most terrifying parts in the story. It, in a way, turns its host demented. I can’t imagine what it would feel like to have a couple infected hot at your heels, tracking you down so that they could rip you apart. Yeah. No thanks.

There are a lot of codes and things of that sort that I don’t understand. However, you don’t need to understand the combination of letters and numbers of code to understand the story and enjoy it. It’s a minor thing.

The first and last portion of the were really intense. The middle, however, was a little bit slower. There was a lot of solving and cracking codes, finding hidden information, etc.

One thing that I found funny was that in the middle of a serrors conversation, Kady and Ezra would be either be fighting or declaring their love for each other. It’s sweet, but sometimes I find it super random.



Kady Grant: One thing that I was thankful for is that Kady wasn’t entirely fearless. Yes, she took dangerous risks and saved butt while doing so, but she still feared dying.  She’s super sarcastic and has a small group of people whom she’s close with. Other than that little group, she doesn’t interact with other people much unless forced to.

Ezra Mason: This sucker. He’s the humor factor in this story. Without Ezra and his little quirks, Illuminae would have probably been a little more difficult to read with all the intense action that’s going on. His love for Kady is strong, and he shows her in the cutest and funniest ways.

Byron Zhang: He’s the tech savvy that teaches Kady what he knows. They form a pretty tight friendship relationship, although they don’t meet face-to-face often.

AIDEN: (a.k.a. the AI) Honestly I don’t know what to think of this artificial intelligence thing.

James McNulty: DANG IT MCNULTY WHY DID YOU HAVE TO GO DO THAT? This was the one character that really stood out to me for some reason. I have no idea why, but I felt some kind of fondness for McNulty.  Maybe it’s his kindness despite the situation that he’s in. Maybe it’s his friendship with Ezra. Whatever it was, James was my favorite character throughout the whole story.

Other: There are so many small characters in this story, and sometimes it’s hard at times to keep track of who is who and who does what, etc.



I loved this book and its format, although it was difficult to read at times. It took me awhile to get used to the weird format, but I can’t think of a better way to tell the story.

I rate this book 5 / 5 BBC Sherlock heads.



Until next time….



6 thoughts on “Illuminae

  1. thesassygeek 04/22/2016 / 2:09 pm

    Yay! I loved this book and gave it five starts as well! I agree, dammit McNulty! That part was probably the most emotional thing that happened in the whole book! Great review Jessica! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jessica 04/22/2016 / 2:36 pm

      I totally agree! I wanted to cry when that happened. And thanks! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  2. My Tiny Obsessions 04/22/2016 / 10:29 pm

    McNulty’s situation hit me very hard. I didn’t even know him that well, and I was crying and so damn broken for the dude =/

    Liked by 1 person

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