Book Review

Illuminae Review


The year is 2575 and Kady and Erza thought their only problem was their relationship. Then their planet was attacked and a plague has broken out. Now what? 

My Thoughts: 

I love everything Jay Kristoff and this book did not disappoint! 

The story is told through emails, files, instant messages, medical reports, interviews, and maps so it became a little confusing at times. However, once I got used to the writing style, I was hooked. 

I was obsessed with Kady and Ezra from the very beginning. Their opening interviews after their planet was attacked were hilarious and full of mysteries I wanted to solve. I was so confused about the events that occurred and I continually get the different ships confused, but I got the hang of it after the first 50 pages. 

I was intrigued with how Kady and Ezra represented both sides of the crisis and played their roles accordingly so that readers could obtain the entire conflict of the plot and unravel the mysteries hidden from either side by themselves. Kady represented the scientists and how they have findings, but can’t do anything without the command. Ezra represented the military and/or political figures that would do anything, but to notify the public of all the problems. 

However, through each other, they came to a conclusion that something was very very very wrong with their world and would do anything to save it. I just love how Kady was represented in  all of the security footage and through the eyes of the AI. She is such a sassy badass and I love her and her pink hair. I also loved Ezra. He was such a teddy bear and was as equally as sassy as Kady. Their love was so beautiful!!! 

I also kind of had a crush on AIDEN and that worries me just a little. I mean he is an artificial maniac who tries to play God, but he had feelings and it broke my soul. He also had a weird obsession with Kady and I would love to see how that plays out later in the series. 

The plague was unfortunately a very familiar experience because of COVID and that scared me just a little as well. I mean they had an advertisement about wearing masks. It was kind of creepy. The plague also reminded me of rabies and that is my least favorite disease because it boils your brain. What a way to go. Also, the way the leaders handled quarantine and refugees just reminded of the warped way that our government is handling the situation right now. It was kinda scary to read about, but actually be living at the same time. 

Lastly, the twist at the end was pure perfection and I got emotional whiplash. I will not discuss it anymore because of spoilers, but all I will say is, “THANK GOD!” 

This was such a great sci-fi book and I cannot wait to read the next one! 

My Book Rating

5/5 Book World

5/5 Romance

5/5 Plot

5/5 Characters

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book Details

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman 

Genre: Science Fiction 

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20, 2020

Copy Read: Paperback 

Pages: 608

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