“Promises are just words. They don’t mean a thing.” ~Illuminae


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: 3/5 stars


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 a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

My Review:

I decided I wanted to make this a spoiler free review and that’s exactly what I am going to do! I recently finished this book in the month of July and I was expecting a five star read and I got a three star read. Now I am definitely disappointed about that, because I’ve heard such great things about this book. I actually almost gave this book two stars, but the ending bumped it up to three.

I thought the ending was way more interesting and that’s what helped me finish this book, because if it continued to drag on the way it was I probably would’ve given up on it. I also found the ending easier to follow, but still a little confusing at times.

I had high hopes for this book and I bought this book completely based off of reviews. Now I know you probably think that was my first mistake, but I read the synopsis later and figured I would enjoy this book.

I really hated the beginning of this book because I found it confusing and slow. That’s just my opinion, but I really felt like this book was pretty unclear at parts and I got confused very easily. I’m not sure if it was the format of the book that added to my confusion or if I just had trouble because I tried to read this book rather quickly. I thought the format was cool and that was something that added to my excitement to read it, but at times I felt like it was a little too much.

I do surprisingly want to read the next book in the series, Gemina, because I don’t want to leave this series unfinished. Plus I think three stars is enough to continue the series. I am also interested to see what happens, because I didn’t think the book left off on the greatest cliff hanger and I don’t think a second book would be necessary but I’m still interested in the second book. I’m hoping the second book is better and I think it will be especially since I understand the writing style more.

I like the characters so they weren’t a problem I thought it had a good story I just don’t think it was portrayed the best way. I also think my main problem was that I had very high hopes for this book and it didn’t live up to the hype. However, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves sci-fi and adventure. I think maybe one day I’ll pick it up again and take it slower.

Anyway, that is my review! I hope y’all enjoyed this short spoiler free review of the book Illuminae. Have an amazing day everyone!


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