Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Review: Illuminae

I’m not sure if I can even form words to describe what I feel about this book.

First, I am typically not a sci-fi reader. I’ve just never been ‘into it’ and the genre didn’t hold my attention. Evidently, I wasn’t reading the right books.

I saw this book originally all over booktube and loved the format of the book itself. It’s made up of emails, IM’s, pictures, drawings, charts, etc. Just seemed intriguing to me. So I went ahead and bought it. I started it a month or two ago, then put it down because I was struggling to concentrate on it. Whether that was from my own mind wandering about the stresses of daily life, or that the book was not reeling me in right away, I’m not sure, but I’m glad I picked it back up.

Characters: I loved Kady and her bold personality won me over. Ezra could be a bit annoying at times but he quickly grew on me. If I must surrender to using OTP, well…Kady and Ezra are it. I even began to enjoy AIDAN as the story went on.

Plot: It took me a bit to get into everything going on, what with the technical names and different worlds, etc but once I got it all down..there was nothing about the plot of this book I didn’t like. Also, just when I thought they couldn’t go anywhere else with the story they hadn’t already been…they did..and never disappointed me for a minute.

World Building: While there didn’t seem to be a massive amount of world building at the beginning where the story begins, there was plenty of it later in the book on the ‘ships’ themselves. There are several charts and drawings showing the different ships and where certain areas and people are located which helps to envision everything better.

This book will be a reread and have a permanent home on my shelves.

I have Gemina, the sequel, preordered and it is due to come out October 18th. Can’t wait to get it!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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