Illuminae (Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kirstoff *Spoiler Free* Review



Young Adult and Science Fiction.

Goodreads summary

“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.”


Kady: She is very badass, through the story she is trying to safe everyone while the ‘leaders’ of the fleet aren’t. She is a hacker and finds out about information no one knows about. She really cares for her ‘ex-‘boyfriend, Ezra. She would do anything form him.

Ezra: He is so sweet. He is, in my opinion, the type of person who would stay positive no matter how bad everything turns. He in turn really cares for Kady and would do anything to keep her safe. But he also has sense of duty.

AIDAN: First of all, AIDAN isn’t a human being, he is an artificial intelligence system. But throughout the story he starts to sound more and more like a human being. AIDAN really develops through the story and makes you hate him so much and like 50 pages later you start to love him. I really enjoyed this character.


The writing is different from all the other books I have read before. The whole story is told through files of the events that take place in the book. This might be a mail conversation, or someone watching camera recording or the memory of AIDAN’s thoughts which were saved. It was very interesting to read a book in this kind of format.


The ending was so intense. I read the last 200 pages in one sitting because I had to finish it, I needed to know how it would all end. And then at the very end, there is some new information brought into the story. And that was just it… this cliffhanger is done so right.


I really, really enjoyed this book. I am taking half a star done because the beginning was slow. I don’t know if it was the format I needed to get used to or that the story was starting off slow, but it took me like 150-200 pages to finally get excited to continue reading it. Because this book series is so hyped and the format was different from what I had read before, I was a bit apprehensive starting it and while I was reading those first 200 pages I have thought of putting it down or not continuing it.

But when you get past those pages, you are sitting on the edge of your seat to know what will happen next and how the whole story will end. Even though I know that the next one has different main characters, I am still curious to see if some of the information we got at the last 5 pages will be more explored.

I would recommend picking this one up, it is totally worth the read if you get past the first 200 pages.

Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars

Did you read this book? What were your thoughts on it and did you have trouble getting into it as well, or is it just me :P?

6 thoughts on “Illuminae (Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kirstoff *Spoiler Free* Review

    1. Yes, the beginning was a bit confusing. And while I was writing this review I did have some help from the online summaries on the first part of the book. And thank you 🙂

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