Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Review


This book, holy crap, there are no words.

Let me start off by saying that Kaufman and Kristoff bring this beautiful story of pain and adventure and love, to life using a unique and engaging method. The story follows a seventeen year old girl named Kady Grant who just broke up with her boyfriend. Little did she know that this would be the day her home planet gets attacked. Three ships carrying thousands of survivors make it off the planet except that’s only the beginning. An enemy ship is advancing on them each and every day, the main ships intelligent computing system seems to be failing and the people that are supposed to be in control are hiding dark secrets from their fellow shipmates. Kady doesn’t let anything stand in her way as she relentlessly fights until the very end to save her people and the one she loves the most.

This story alone has me itching on the edge of my seat, but the authors do something really special with they way they portray the story. The entire book is made up of instant messages, journal entries, computer files and camera data. Ordinarily, this would distract the reader from the story itself but not with this book. This unique style of delivery adds something to the story and honestly, I can’t imagine it being told any other way.

I became super infested with the characters especially Kady and my heart went out to her in all her struggles. I read almost the entire book in one sitting, so you know it’s good.


Okay, I really enjoyed learning about Kady. I think she was an awesome protagonist. She’s smart, sarcastic and stands her ground. She never gives up but she knows when her tactics are no longer working. I also enjoyed reading about Ezra Mason although we get significantly less of him.

Now, this review would not be complete if I did not talk about AIDEN. For some reason he.. Or it completely freaked me out. I always knew that human beings’ progress and trust in technology would be our downfall but man, AIDEN is really scary. When it actually started to have coherent thoughts of its own it was so eerie, I literally had chills, and I was sitting in front of a fireplace. I hope humanity can learn from books like this that this future is entirely possible and probable at the rate we are going.

I still have conflicting feeling about it though. I don’t like AIDEN by any means, but I don’t entirely hate it either.

Although there are so many sad parts, my heart broke when James McNulty gave his suicidal message. I can’t ever imagine having the strength to do something like that. Even though he is a fictional character, I have so much respect for him for taking his life and his death into his own hands and not letting it become degraded by that sickly virus. I don’t know how Kady could have watched that knowing what he was about to do.

Geez, speaking of the virus. What the heck was that? Hyped up Zombie sickness. That was really scary!


Anyways, I highly suggest this book to anyone and everyone. It has a little bit of everything so I think a magnitude of audiences can be happy. Science fiction is becoming my new favourite genre for YA, I think.

5 / 5 stars

Yours truly,