Book Review – Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

When their home planet gets attacked, Kady and Ezra must escape on the evacuating fleet. With dreadnought Lincoln on its chase, the fleet move toward the nearest jump station. But internal problems has arisen in the fleet and no one is telling the refugees what is happening. When Kady tries to find out the truth, it becomes clear she needs Ezra’s help. Will they realise they are in much greater danger than they thought? Will Kady and Ezra survive? Read the most uniquely written book and find out for yourself.

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Genre: Sci-fi

Rating: 4.7/5 stars

Okay, so this book begins by telling us that all the data in the book was collected by The Illuminae Group and the data consists of chat logs, emails, summaries of video footages, interviews, data from an AI and let me tell you that all that data makes the story very real. The conversation between Ezra and Kady or Ezra and his friends feel authentic in the sense that it’s every bit the way teenagers feel or talk, use humour to hide their tensions and problems. And the data is not the only thing, this book has beautiful pages. You just have to see it for yourself to know what I am talking about.

This book has everything, science talk, a virus, a teenage couple, government(kinda) secrets, hacking, an AI(I miss Person of Interest), and a twist at the end. I think Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff did a wonderful job in bringing this story to life. Because I never thought I’d enjoy a science fiction book as much as I enjoyed this one.

My favourite character from the book has to be AIDAN, which is an Artifical Intelligence, because,
1. the character was written beautifully
2. character development(I know, I know, it’s an AI but still)
3. dialogues, when AIDAN said, “Am I not merciful?” it gave me chills.

After AIDAN, it’s a tie between Ezra and Kady. What I love about them is that they are both witty, courageous, and willing to put their selves at stake for others.

There were times when Ezra’s cheesiness annoyed me but it happened for a very short time. Overall this story blew my mind and I think it’s the most unique book I have ever read.

Favourite Quotes:

“I still cannot fathom her pattern. My brain the size of a city, and still she is beyond me. They are beyond me. These humans.”

“We were on our way toward them when we found the first bodies. I’ve seen people die. Die hard. Die messy. Job like mine, you live with the reaper every day. But if you’re unlucky, it’s not the bullets that kill you in this gig. It’s moments like these. Killing you one piece at a time.”

Do I recommend it?

My only response to this question is,

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Still trying to figure out.
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    Beautiful as always.

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