Review: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman


The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice covered speck.  Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it.  With enemy fire raining down on them Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet.  But their troubles are just beginning.  A deadly plague has broken out on one of the space ships and it is mutating with terrifying results.  Their ships protection is seriously flawed.   No one will say what is going on. 

As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth its clear only one person can help her. Ezra. And the only problem with that is they split up before all this trouble started and she isn’t supposed to be talking to him.

A fantastically original, heart-stopping adventure where everything is definitely more dangerous than it seems.


An amazing book in a really fun format, I adored this book and it has become one of my firm favourites.  I put off reading this it for so long due to the way it’s set out and because I thought I would really struggle to get into it. I was so wrong and quite unaware of how amazing it was going to be.  It flowed really well and is so cleverly done.  The book is set out in a series of reports, emails and text art; to come up with something like this and to pull it off is phenomenal and the effort that went into making this book is incredible.  It is completely compelling right from the onset, fast paced and full of action and has some amazing twist and turns.  There is some wonderful humour and real laugh out loud moments. 

I read the physical book accompanied by the audio book, I wanted to get the full effect of the audio sounds as well as all the amazing artwork the physical book offered. The audio is absolutely amazing, it is so well produced with really good character narration and sound effects.  The audio also adds to the tremendous atmosphere of the book and really brings the story to life. 

The characters are brilliant, I particularly loved the connection between Ezra and Kady, the sparkle they had between them and the wonderful email banter.  Re-connected after a break up and thrown together in unmitigating circumstances they rekindle their feelings for one another. Aidan was so brilliantly executed sending me chills, he is so creepy and disturbing, the <<error>> messages came though particularly well on the audio and so brilliantly executed. 

This is such a unique and refreshing book, with a super dazzling cover.  It’s a big one, but quickly and easily read due to the format. Don’t be put off by the way it is set out, its amazing and I can’t wait to read the read the next one in the series, and again I will be opting for an audio read-along. 

Picture above is a bookmark with my favourite quote from the book:  “You deserve every star in the galaxy laid at your feet and a thousand diamonds in your hair”. 

5 Stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I hope you enjoyed this review.  For my current reads, recommendations and anything else book related, please give me a follow on Instagram or Goodreads .  Happy reading. 

Karen ~

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

  1. I read this series last year and it’s always great to know others are reading it for the first time and liking it. I didn’t listen to the audiobook while reading my physical copy so I might do that when I reread the series. I hope you love Gemina, too! 💙

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