Blog Tour: Illuminae

Oct •  2 •  2015

I received this book for free from Blog Tour, FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: IlluminaeIlluminae by Amie KaufmanJay Kristoff
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on October 2, 2015
Genres: Young Adult-Science Fiction/Dsytopian
Source: Blog Tour, FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley
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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.


I seriously have no idea what I just read but this is going to be a hard review to write. I have not had the chance to read any works by these two authors so I was excited to see where they would leave me and they left me breathless. An amazing read!

This book was so unique in its own way and I can honestly say that I have not read a book where everything is written via text or reports. I feel that these two authors did something that is not commonly seen and brought their own twist on it. The story flowed so well and I now know why the book was so long. The details put into the reports were on point and the characters brought something new to the story.

I loved Kady and Ezra. For me they just felt real. Given the time period they were in, I feel some authors have to get creative to how their characters act but for these two, they just fit so perfectly together. Their actions brought out different sides to them and allowed the reader to feel what they were feeling. I could imagine these two living right next to me and being one of their friends. Aiden is a jerk for the most part. I wish he was not AI so I could stab it. However, towards the end, I did feel that there was some sort of feeling of understanding or compassion towards it and I felt that Aiden was experiencing human emotion even though he was just a computer program.

The ending was so emotional for me that I teared up a bit. These two authors pulled me every which way and I allowed my body to go with the flow. I am highly looking forward to the next book and cannot wait for this book to hit shelves so everyone else can have the chance of seeing a world I fell in love with.

Happy Reading!


About the Authors

Amie Kaufman 


Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary

Jay Kristoff


Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy. Part 3, ENDSINGER, is out now. He’s also co-author of the upcoming ILLUMINAE (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi… thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015, and NEVERNIGHT, the first part of a new fantasy trilogy kicking off in 2016.

Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13380 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.



1 Comment

  1. Oh I can’t wait to dive into this story. So glad you enjoyed it!