Illuminae Review || Zombie Apocalypse Artificial Intelligence Disaster Space Romance

Author(s): Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff Series: The Illuminae Files #1 Date Published: October 20th, 2015 Genre: young adult, s...

Author(s): Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Date Published: October 20th, 2015
Genre: young adult, science fiction, romance


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.

There was so much to love about this book that I'm sure you've read about in every other review. So I'll keep it short. 

I loved that this book was 600 pages, but me, the slow reader, could get through it in a day because it was practically a picture book. 
For 200 pages I didn't relate to any of the characters, but they cracked me up. They made me laugh really hard with their deadpan, dry humor mixed with immature humor. There are so many great hilarious scenes and dialogue in this book. But then suddenly, without warning, the authors made me CARE for the characters. They snuck up on me, made me love them, and then they ripped my heart out. It was a total covert operation. I don't know how they did it. 
This book is terrifying. It's told through a series of files and images, but it still conveyed enough detail to SCARE ME AND GIVE ME SHIVERS AND STUFF MY BODY FULL OF FEAR. 
Out of all the characters, I somehow liked the crazy psycho artificial intelligence the most. How did the authors do that? HOW DID THEY MAKE ME CARE FOR A CRAZY MACHINE??? 
Other things I loved: the guy who watched the video surveillance and wrote it down. His interpretations were amazing (in the knee slapping chortling sort of way). The fact that I got to read from the point of view of an Artificial Intelligence. Ezra acting totally inappropriate at the wrong times (example: his world is being attacked, literally under fire, and he takes a few minutes to find a get away song). How short and utterly brilliant Kady was. The dialogue throughout the entirety of this book. The sheer panic and thrill that coursed through my blood when reading certain intense scenes.

And those are my general thoughts on Illuminae. This book is a mixture of profane hilarity, quotes as deep as the universe, gory deaths, and a relateable artificial intelligence who's as warm as the dark depths of space.

 Here are some of the pictures and quotes I appreciated while reading the book. No spoilers! But definitely some shitty quality photography (my bad), and the good photographs were pulled from google images.

This image WAS created by me aheheheh and I'm proud of it :)

this reminded me of Colonel Jessup from A Few Good Men, his speech when he yells, "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!"

"It's not the bullets that kill you. It's moments like these. One piece at a time."

And here are some examples of how unique the formatting of this book is. I won't show you everything though, in case you haven't read the book. It's nice to discover some things for yourself.

This list, and the above page of faces, goes on for multiple pages. If you look through the names, you can find some of your favorite authors! I FOUND LEIGH BARDUGO!

Space wikipedia. I wonder how accurate it is.

The only thing that gives me trouble is, if this story was told in the traditional way- first person or third person. Any sort of person. It might not have been that great for me. I don't know if I was just wooed by the style or not. But my fears aside, I did love the story. Very space zombie apocalypse.

Also, fun fact: I have Illuminae pants

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  1. I LOVED THIS BOOK AS WELL AND 100% AGREE WITH YOU. I got worried at first too because it's true that the beginning was entertaining and made you wonder what was happening, but the characters were just two distanced entities that I couldn't connect with, but somehow, at one point, I just couldn't shake the thought away 'I DON'T WANT THEM TO DIE!'.

    And OMG I hadn't realized the list had authors! I just skimmed through it. Will have to read tha part again!

    Those pants <3

    1. ;lsajdf YES YES, PAMELA THERE'S AUTHORS ON THAT LIST!!! :D I recognized a few among the names! (where did they GET all those other names I wonder??? obituaries? year books? phone books??THERE WERE SOO MANY) I'm glad you loved this book too ^_^ And thank you for commenting!