CREEPY AI AND EPIC SPACE TRIPS: Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Goodreads | Amie  | Jay
Publication Date: 20th October 2015
Rating: 5/5 bamboo sticks
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.

Thank god I don’t live in the distant future. I fear for everyone’s lives when artificial intelligence finally gain emotions. Some advice from me to you, don’t read this one at night. There’s a lot of screwed up shit going on.

Fangirl Points

  • I freaking loved AIDAN. It’s super creepy and crazy but it really works for the story. I think it really hit the mark for me because it’s not so unbelievable. AI are continually being made more and more human like but with higher intelligence and processing so eventually we’ll get to the point when the world will probably be ruled by AI. Scary, I know! Anyway, AIDAN really was the MVP of Illuminae because it (He? She?) drove the plot and made the pace really pick up in the second half.
  • I have to talk about the other characters as well. I love the diversity in roles we get from hackers to pilots to fighters, they all provide their own views and knowledge on the story. That’s what really made the story stand out from the others. A multi-POV could’ve gone so wrong but Illuminae shows up all the other books.
  • The writing is really amazing. It can build up a character in a couple of pages and then your heart is ripped out when they die a couple of pages later. I honestly felt so betrayed.
  • Ok, I think you all know what I’m going to say: the formatting was excellent. It was just so unique and visually appealing. It made me want to keep turning to see what’s on the next page. There were messages, interviews, recordings, transcripts… you name it!

Cranky Points

  • The first half was slow. So slow. Nothing interesting really happens. Also, we begin with an interview which is obviously there just to dump backstory on us and so the characters don’t have to explain all of it in the rest of the book.
  • THE BLACKED OUT SWEAR WORDS, PLEASE NO. I don’t like it when I don’t know what people are talking about and in this case, I don’t like it when I don’t know the exact phrases they are using. I was constantly stopping and trying to figure out what the words were. Either go for it or don’t at all.
  • Formatting. I did love most of it but there were a couple of things that annoyed me. Firstly, the maps which did nothing for the story and secondly the one page where you had to literally turn the book a full revolution to read. That’s too much work for me XD
  • The plot twist at the end made me really disappointed. Again, the authors should’ve just gone with it, it would’ve made it that much more unique but of course, we must have romance since it’s YA I guess?

TL;DR: Buy it in a physical copy. Read it. You won’t regret it.

I have a feeling I won’t be reading the sequel just because I don’t think anything will top Illuminae. What are your thoughts on the book? I’m really interested to hear what you thought about the formatting… it’s the selling point of this book after all XD


Author: Prima

Still crazy obsessed with High School Musical and is still disappointed real life high school did not involved as much singing and dancing. Almost 18 but relates to 5 year olds. Super cynical about Disney movies and kdramas but still loves them. Blogs about books and feels.

8 thoughts on “CREEPY AI AND EPIC SPACE TRIPS: Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff”

  1. Glad you enjoyed this book, Prima! The formatting of the book was out of this world :D! If you enjoyed it, I would highly recommend watching Battlestar Galactica, has very similar premise and feel.

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