Review of Illuminae

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.

I went into Illuminae with no idea what was coming. I was thinking some secret society or something like that, not the sci-fi situation I got myself into. I listened to the audiobook.

  • The story was seriously unique. I like books with alternating POV and this one was nothing short of that. It was all pieced together, like someone discovering the story after a crash, going through the black box. It was all files and instant messages and recordings.
  • I loved Kady. I love seriously cool hacker girls, love that she stood up for herself with her boyfriend and loved her wit. She definitely made the book for me.
  • The separation between Kady and Ezra was also a great plot line, if they had ended up together on the same ship, there would only be half the story.
  • Aiden was the craziest villain-ish thing in the book. Isn’t that some people’s fear – to have the computer go crazy and start to try to kill everyone. NO GOOD. It was so hard because they could not really get him to shut down either. And then he was trying to act humanish?! Oh boy!
  • There was a lot going on, so you definitely couldn’t get bored. Not only are they running away from a ship called Lincoln, from some evil company, there is also a disease that is practically turning people into zombies. Uffda!
  • There was a twist in there that broke my heart, so I did enjoy that part of the story a lot.

  • There was one voice in the audiobook, that detailed where the information came from, that drove me nuts. If it had gone on for too long at the beginning, I probably would have stopped listening.
  • I was confused a lot. There was a lot of sci-fi mumbo jumbo and I did not always compute, lol.
  • I am not sure I want to continue, honestly I was not hooked. It seems like this is one of those books that you either LOVE or just don’t. I was more in the meh department. It is highly rated on Goodreads, with an average of 4.29 stars with 5,873 ratings. So it appears I am in a minority.


  1. Sorry to see this one didn't work for you as well as it did others. I really want to read this one, though. And the way you described Kady makes me want to read it more. She sounds like a character I will adore. Thanks for the lovely review.

    ~ Lefty @ The Left-Handed Book Lover

  2. This book has been getting a ton of hype, but the plot just doesn't seem like it would be my thing. By the way, I LOVE the new look for the blog!!!!

  3. Great review. It’s good to see someone who is not totally in love with this book. I’m waiting for the hype to die down before I read it.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. Oh I really liked this one. I was a bit disappointed with the ending, but overall it was enjoyable. Maybe because I love space and scifi, so I loved that it was a space ship story.

  5. I really liked the layout of this one! The story was okay, but the layout helped a lot. :)

  6. Ah, I am sorry this one didn't hook you as much as you wanted it too. I am someone who really loves sci-fi and am generally looking forward to trying this one out myself. Most people who have tried the audiobook or the kindle version haven't enjoyed it as much as the paperback...

  7. Aw, wish you loved this one as much as me. One of my favourites of 2015. It's such a thrilling book. And Kady was super kick ass. Love her!


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