Book reviews

Read-along || Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Allen & Unwin

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.

Copy of About the Book

What happens when you and your bff both happen to have the same book on their TBR?
And one of them so happens to have a blog?
And the book happens to be the rave of all of book world.

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Introducing Taris!!! She’s my fellow crazy, my bff, my jaegar pilot (even though she doesn’t know what that is) and an overall awesome person.
Here she is!


Faith has asked me to write a little bit about myself so here it is. I’m Big T and like Faith, I absolutely love to read… ANYTHING! Faith and I have been friends for a while now… United by our weirdness and love for books!

Hobbies: Reading (of course ;), playing sport and socialising!

Favourite autobiography: A Fortunate Life – A.B. Facey (an Australian classic that is a MUST read)

Favourite series: Percy Jackson (was my childhood!)

Favourite Magazine: Time Magazine

Favourite Book: Wow.. now this is a hard question that I can’t answer!

So that’s all from me. Enjoy the review! 😉

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It the spirit of the way in which this book was written – by 2 amazingly talented authors (Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff). I guess we thought it would be cool to do a joint review – a read along I have been told it’s called!

2 authors requires 2 reviewers… Why not??!!!


When I first saw this beautiful book sitting in Faith’s TBR  (to be read) pile, I was immediately drawn to its amazing cover covered in camouflaged sentences that you have to look really hard to see. Without even reading the blurb I knew I had to buy it. (just for its awesome cover!) I don’t really read a lot of sci-fi so I guess I was kind of sceptical when I first started reading. But appearances wise it ticked all the boxes and I am happy to say that it was as good on the inside as it was the outside!


Initially the layout of the story had Faith and I saying, “THIS IS SOOOOOO COOL!!”
The story is told as a compilation of files – documents, IM chats and space fleet schematics.

What a creative way to tell a story.. Huh??

But after a while, I can honestly say that I was kind of confused about what ship people were on and who was talking to who and who was who. Confused yet??

I was able to get over my confusion and read on. At about the page 300 mark I was starting to really like the book and get into it.

The couple of the story was the CUTEST ever and I had my heart torn out of my chest and then stitched back it about 1000 times during the book!


For some reason my favorite character is AIDAN. Is he even considered a character? Yes I admit Kady was a pretty cool chic who was very funny, but AIDAN was a really complex character. If AIDAN was a person I reckon Mason would have to watch out!

I would recommend to read this book when you have a lot of spare time because in order to fully understand the plot you have to pay really close attention to EVERYTHING on the page. All the hidden scratches, scribbles, pictures and words have meaning and really add something extra to the story. Everything on the page means something and can’t be skipped over. I’ll probably end up reading the book again and I won’t be surprised if I see something that I missed the first time! It took me a while to read this book as I was trying to read everything on the page so I didn’t miss anything but I know people who didn’t bother to read it how I did and still enjoyed the experience.

The book was like nothing I had ever read before in regards to its original and engaging plot. On a whole I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed reading 599 pages of plot twists and funny banter. I can honestly say that I will definitely be checking out book 2 of the series, Gemina. (cover has just been released – and it is also beautiful!) I can’t wait to see what else happens in this series!!!



I’m going to be a black sheep and say that whilst this book was interesting and action-packed and full of all the goodness of an action film, I felt like I missed out on something in the way it was narrated. The way it was told – in documents, interviews, surveillance footage, etc – was definitely creative and I give a round of applause to that but it didn’t give me the opportunity to connect with the characters more and feel part of the story line. I just felt like a useless outsider just watching all these people suffer. Even though, that’s pretty much everyone in every book, this one just me made me feel even more hopeless.


The first half of the book, I was strolling through the novel, taking things as they come but as soon as the book hits about the 2/3 mark, it really starts picking up in terms of pacing and plot. I think this is the section where everyone’s feels went haywire. Aiden, the artificial intelligence is seriously the most freaky and messed up thing I’ve read.


Literally, I’m reading this story, hearing these people scream as they die in my head whilst also reading about Aiden talk about how he’s merciful and protecting these people. It was the most scariest and uncomfortable situation to read. A reading experience I will forever remember. On a higher note, Kady was seriously bad-ass taking an all-knowing piece of technology and worked with it to eventually kick its ass. I applaud her for having to deal with psycho AI, freaky zombies and intense emotional turmoil.



We only read about Kady and Ezra’s romance mostly through the chats they have over the internet and I FELT SO WEIRD. We were literally reading their text messages and I felt so intrusive. They’re telling each other deep things like ‘if I die, know that I love you, etc’ and sending each other coded roses and it was the MOST STRANGEST FEELING. It was like the feeling you get when you watch your friend get all touchy-feely and sappy with their boyfriend and you’re like STOP, YOU’RE MAKING ME FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE. That was pretty much my whole feeling whilst reading Ezra and Kady’s interaction throughout the book.


Let’s just say, I really, really, really hope that the future will never be like this. Families and couples are ripped apart in this novel, stranded on different ships and it’s the most depressing concept to read about. Especially since there’s a miles of big, black space to divide them. 

In summary, this novel is a high ride to be on. It’s a constant acceleration towards a super high climax, leaving you in awe and feeling like you’re just run a marathon. The only thing that didn’t sit well with me was the narration style but that’s just me. Judgement: I understand the rave around this book but seriously gave some weird feels.





I hope you enjoyed it!!!

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5 thoughts on “Read-along || Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

  1. AIDAN was the best part about this book! It’s definitely my favourite character, and I felt it had more layers to it than any of the humans. Kady and Ezra was ok, I didn’t really care that much about their romance to be honest.

    I love the way the story was told, it just felt so immersive and unique. Definitely looking forward to the next book! 😀

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