Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff || Review


Once again, I was inspired by bookstagram to read a book. This time it was Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It’s a Sci-Fi novel, but in a total different format from what I’m used to!

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.
(source: Goodreads)

Once again, I’m a tad late with writing this review. I notice that I actually have to write down my thoughts while reading it, but I always forget and it makes my reading experience a little annoying because it makes it feel like homework. And homework is not fun.

I had a hard time getting into this book. As a reader you get to read all kinds of documents about the attack on Kerenza, a planet in the year 2575. I often find it hard to read a sci-fi novel, because of the time difference and I really have to get used to the different lifestyles (this world vs. a future world). But after about 150-200 pages I really got into this book, and that is mainly because that’s when the real action began! I thought it wouldn’t be this thrilling because it’s a YA novel, but yes, there is a noteworthy amount of gore present in the book!

The book made me think a lot of the film “2001: A Space Oddyssey” by Stanley Kubrick, because of the posthuman aspects. So, besides the small amount of blood and lunatics, that’s also what made this book interesting to me: When can you call a ‘non-human thing’ human?

So, all in all: at the start of this book I thought I was going to rate it with only two stars, because I couldn’t relate to the main characters at all, mainly because of the format. But now that I’ve finished it, it gets rated by me as follows:

4.75/5 ★!

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