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

Illuminae - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman





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.



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This book was truly unique not only the story but also the format of the book.

To be honest, going into this book I was a little worried if it would be hard to follow the book because of the format the book was written in. The entire book is in emails, IMs, reports and other crazy pages and pictures of the ship.

Here are some sample pages for those who have not seen the book in print.


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For that reason I was worried it would be a little hard to follow but it was super easy to follow and it made for a fantastic reading experience.

I loved everything about this book the story that kept you guessing and biting your nails. The endless twist and turns of the story. The characters that were super realistic,( well the human ones ;) ) 

There is really not much to say, because I really don’t want to spoil it for anyone but it really is a great book that will take you on a thrilling and often emotional journey like no other book has done.

I enjoyed Kady and she truly is a hero in my book, she is real and kept going to the last second where others would have given up a long time ago. Loved Ezra. Just something about him that made me smile and of course Kady.

Aiden is bat a&& crazy but I enjoyed it every minute of it.

I enjoyed all the events happening in the book it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. Every time you catch on something new and shocking happens.

If you have not read this book and looking for a new interesting dystopian- future book, I highly recommended this series. I also hears great things about the audio-book if you listen to them.

Overall, great thrilling, shocking and heartbreaking read with a unique format and I rate it a full 5★



Some of my favorite quotes:


“Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.”




“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 and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back.”




“He presses the triggers. And like roses in his hands, death blooms.”




“Are you afraid?"


"Energy never stops, remember. It just changes forms."

"I am still afraid.”




"Oh, poor baby. Did I hurt the mass-murdering psychopathic artificial intelligence's feelings?”












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Amie Kaufman


Amie Kaufman



Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Illuminae (with Jay Kristoff) and These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, and Their Fractured Light (with Meagan Spooner.) She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.





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Jay Kristoff


Jay Kristoff


Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is the winner of two Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.




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