• Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff



The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations ********** and ********** - 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, exes Kady and Ezra – who are barely even talking to each other – are forced to fight their way onto the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But the warship is the least of their problems.

A deadly ****** 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 the **** is 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 the light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’s never speak to again.


Okay, first things first, Illuminae is visually the most stunning book I have ever owned. It is utterly crazy in the most amazing way. From reading the novel sideways, to holding the book upside down, the way the words were displayed on the pages was just insane and I loved it!

The characters came to life on the pages, told through reports, transcripts and recoverable data from the doomed Alexander. The dialogue in the transcripts between our main protagonist Kady and her ex-boyfriend, Ezra, had me in stiches; they had me laughing even through serious moments, delivering witty humour that left me utterly stunned in the events that followed the re-awakening of the AI AIDEN.

Is it wrong that I loved AIDEN even through the horrible and heart-wrenching things he did to “save the fleet”? He was a masterpiece of a character, who left me speechless and terrified at the events that followed his re-awakening – “AM I NOT MERCIFUL?”. It left me with chills.

The novel never slows; the transcripts, reports and data are full of action, romance, humour, sarcasm, flirtation and horror – I loved it! Plus, there are twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, and I can’t remember my jaw ever dropping so much in a novel (not to mention how much cringing I did, while yelling at them to run faster!!!).

I’m still thinking about the events and characters of this novel as I write this review. The ending blew me out of the water and I’m haunted, but in absolute awe, by this exceptional novel.

Kaufman and Kristoff are a writing pair made in heaven – I can’t wait to get my hands on book two, Gemina, in the next few days.

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