Review: Illuminae By Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff #aww2015


Release Date: November 1st 2015.

Publisher: Allen & Unwin.

Source: Purchased.


One moment, Kady Grant and Ezra Mason have nothing bigger to worry about than each other. Specifically, avoiding each other in the wake of their messy break-up. In the next second, their entire world falls apart.

The year is 2375 and one of the mega-corporations that control much of deep space has just fired the opening salvo in an intergalactic war, destroying Kady and Ezra’s planet. Forced to flee on a small fleet of crippled rescue ships alongside thousands of other refugees, the fear of enemy warships chasing them down is at first all-consuming but soon becomes the least of their worries. A deadly plague is ravaging the refugees on the ships; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be an enemy; and High Command is refusing to acknowledge that there may be a serious problem. As Kady plunges into a tangled web of data in search of the truth, she realises that Ezra is possibly the only person who can help her save the refugees before it’s too late.

My Thoughts:



I love ya sci-fi and when Miss Kaufman is involved you know it is going to be brilliant. There was so much hype around this book that I just had to get my hands on a copy ASAP. And it was worth it! There is so much hype for a reason.

This is the story of  Kady Grant and Ezra Mason told via interview transcripts, copies of emails, and transcripts of security footage and so much more. It was such a unique way of telling the story and I loved it. I don’t read a lot of books where I have to turn the book in order to read it. And even though it was told this way, it felt just as personal as a first hand account. Ezra and Kady have sunk deep into my heart.

After their planet is attacked, both Kady and Ezra make it onto different evacuating ships. They had just broken up, but when you have just lost everything you want something familiar. They contact each other and stay in touch as Kady tries to unravel the many secrets being kept from the refugees, but both of them soon realise the spark between them is still simmering. Kady was brave and super smart. She could hack anything and did whatever she had to in order to save her people, and to make sure Eza was OK.

It was a lot more graphic and violent than I expected. Some of the passengers had been infected with a virus that turned them zombie-like, but they wanted more than your brains. It was edge-of-your-seat, heart pounding, scary stuff. And boy was it good.

This is one book sci-fi fans CANNOT MISS. This was a stand out book and I am so proud it is written by two Australian authors.

You can add it to your Goodreads HERE.



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