Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

(Originally posted by Ashley on Must Love Books)

This is the most unique book I have ever read, seriously. It took me a while to get into the book because it is so different and it took me a while to get into it. But let me tell you, once it grabbed me, I finished it all in one sitting. I don’t think I could accurately describe how amazing this book is so I’m going to do my best to  show you.

The Cover: One of my favorite things about a hardcover book is discovering what is under the dust jacket. The dust jacket alone is see through and fiery, it kind of looks like someone took a black sharpie marker to it to block out certain words and sentences, just like the rest of the book!

Do you see what I mean? Ugh, I just love it so much!

The Pages: Not only does this book tell an amazing story, it is full of pages that look like these…

I think you can tell how unique this book is by the pictures. The story is just as unique. From start to finish this book will never cease to surprise, taunt, anger and amaze you. Oh, and you might not want to start it unless you can devote an entire day to it!

Check out this book trailer:

I am so glad I decided to finish this one and am anxiously awaiting the next one!

Oh and it’s been announced it’s been optioned for a movie how cool!

Book Info

Illuminae by Amie KaufmanJay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Published by Knopf BfYR
Pub Date: October 20th 2015
Pages: 599
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Sci-FiYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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.

Ashley @ Gone with the Words

7 Responses to “Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff”

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    Man, I feel like I’m in the minority – I really didn’t enjoy this book. There were a few things that surprised me, and it was a super fast read but I feel like the methods used to tell the story got repetitive.

    I will give it to the designers though! The book is very appealing! :)

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    Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books

    God, I loved this book SO MUCH!!! I usually get books on my Kindle, but due to the unique format, I bought the hardcover and I am so glad I did. The cover was gorgeous, both with and without the dust jacket. I do believe that has been my most unputdownable (yes, that is a word) book of the year (so far). I need the sequel NOW!!!

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    Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I loved this one too Ashley! It also took me a bit to get into, but once I did I couldn’t stop! The formatting was one of the things I loved most- the sci-fi geek in me loved seeing the schematics and it reminded me of Battlestar Galactica!

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    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

    Awkward, I’ve never seen that trailer, but I love that it’s from AIDAN!

    Illuminae is such a special book, it’s honestly in a category of it’s own for me! I had an ARC of it but had to get the hardcover because LOOK AT IT. Such beauty!

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