Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Unique, fun, and thrilling!

Book CWs

  • Child endangerment
  • Abuse
  • Profanity (censored)
  • Character death

  • War
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Suicide
  • Parental loss


Almost immediately following their breakup, teenagers Kady and Ezra find their home planet, Kerenza, in the middle of hostile invasion and are forced to board evacuating aircrafts. As the crafts flee from a pursing enemy warship (the Lincoln), those in command know that it’s only a matter of time before they will be forced to fight for their lives.

Except, the Lincoln might actually be the least of their problems.

A sickness is spreading in one of the ships, turning normal people into murderous monsters. On top of that, their AI–whose main function is to protect and preserve their population–might be going rogue and becoming their biggest threat yet.

Readers must navigate their way through interviews, IMs, hacked files, emails, and more to learn the truth of what actually happened during–and after–the attack on Kerenza.

Review (No Spoilers)

My partner really wanted me to read this book and now that I have, I can definitely see why!

I don’t know how many of you read House of Leaves (or my review of it here), but Illuminae reminded me a lot of that book. The main difference would be: I would definitely be down to reread Illuminae, but I’ll probably never touch House of Leaves again. In the end I rated both books 5 stars, but Illuminae was a much much much easier read.

One of the main things that I loved about Illuminae was that it was pretty darn silly. The two main characters were basically forced to live lives where either one of them could die at any moment, but the entertainment factor was never lost. I find it incredible that this book could have me freaking out one second and laughing the next.

Speaking of the characters, I found myself more attached to Ezra than to Katy, but overall I found both of them likable. I even became attached to several side characters–something I didn’t think would happen because with all of the changes in media, I sometimes had a hard time keeping track of everyone’s names.

All in all, I think that everyone should give this book a try. I know that it looks a bit intimidating because it’s pretty thick, but since it’s multimedia, it’s actually a relatively quick read! It is the beginning of a trilogy, and my partner has all of the books, so I’ll most likely be posting reviews for the sequels sometime soon!

10 thoughts on “Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

  1. Great review! Glad you’ve enjoyed it 🙂 Illuminae is one of my favourite books ever. I still need to read book three though. But I’m not ready for the series to end xD

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