Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Monday, October 19, 2015
Why I chose this book: 
Amie Freaking Kaufman. Yes. There was no way I wasn’t going to request this book! I hadn’t heard much about the book before I requested it. I only knew it had a slightly different format and was science fiction. I was on board so to speak! But then I began reading it and my opinions changed just a bit… I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 20th, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eARC
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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. (Goodreads)
My Bookish Thoughts:
I want to preface this by saying, this is an utterly fantastic concept. The plot, the characters, the format in which it is presented. All of it is wonderful and so artfully done. However, I think I may have needed a physical ARC of this one and not an eARC. The eARC made it a bit difficult to read due to the format, so I’m going to blame my frustrations on this book because of the digital copy.

I found it VERY difficult to get into. That definitely could be because of the way it is presented in paperwork, ship schematics, instant message conversations, emails, etc. It took about 30% to really start getting good, but with this book, that’s a lot of time. This book is a freaking brick, and the format makes it even more slow going.

Overall, I thought it was probably one of the most creative pieces of fiction work I have seen since S. By J.J. Abrams. Even though there is a few moments that I really enjoyed where the entire plot is turned on its head and you’re scrambling trying to figure out what happened, I have to say that this was also a difficult read for me, and I kinda had to force myself to finish it. I enjoyed it, and highly respect it for what it does, but for me, it wasn’t my type of thing.

I gave the book 3.5 stars.

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