Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

First thoughts after reading Illuminae:



M I N D – B-L-O-W-I-N-G

It’s been a while since I don’t read a book and I feel the need of wanting to be inside of it. I wish I could live in this world, be Kady and have Ezra.

Illuminae exceeded ALL my expectations.

It was truly out of this world.

The story develops by a series of files and the way everything connects and develops it’s mind-blowing. I read the last 400 pages in almost one sitting. It’s hard to put it down since you can miss out any details and you won’t be able to stop because the story gets better and better.

Kady, Ezra and AIDAN were the best characters in this book. Kady was so amazing, so much to learn from her and so much I could connect with her. She’s my new queen! Ezra is so charming and perfect.  And AIDAN, the artificial intelligence, such a creepy “villian”but one that you will love and care about.

I am not super fan of Sci-Fi but one of the things that saved me here was the romance. I love romance and this book has a great love story. I cried, laughed, got mad, stopped breathing…everything.

If you want to read a different book I totally recommend this. It will save your life!

It’s going to be hard to forget the amazingness of ILLUMINAE. It was so much more than what I hope it to be. It’s more than a book, it’s an experience.

Here some of my favorite quotes: 

“You have me.

Until every last star in the galaxy dies.

You have me.”

“Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.”

“I should have told you I loved you every day. I should have given you the stars.”

“Am I not merciful?”

“The universe owes you nothing, Kady. It has already given you everything, after all. It was here long before you, and it will go on long after you. The only way it will remember you is to do something worth remembrance.”

“Miracles are statistical improbabilities. And fate is an illusion humanity uses to comfort itself in the dark. There are no absolutes in life, save death.”

“Most people would say I’m pretty cold, but I think of it more as…private. People are always saying “how are you?” to each other, and I guess I don’t see why I should answer such a personal question for just anyone.”

“All he cares about here on the edge of forever, is her. He does not want to die. Not because he is afraid. Simply because he cannot bear the thought of leaving her behind.”

“They are beyond me.
These humans.
With their brief lives and their tiny dreams and their hopes that seem as fragile as glass.
Until you see them by starlight, that is.”

If you read Illuminae: Let’s fangirl in the comments section.

If you haven’t: GO READ IT!


  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed Illuminae. This book is without a doubt the most creative book I’ve read and I think it’s great for those that don’t read a lot of sci-fi. I’m excited to see the direction the second book takes us. 😀


  2. YESSSS!!! I love science fiction and I adoooored this one! I had my doubts when I read it a while back (I got an ARC at BEA) because of the formatting, I was wondering if I could relate to the characters, but I don’t know how I could doubt! Such an unique but really awesome book!

    I want to re-read it at some point this month for sure!!

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    1. The characters are the ones who saved the book for me. Once I get attached to characters in any book it’s an instant favorite, and it was impossible not to fall in love with Kady, Ezra and AIDAN. Are you going to BEA this year?


  3. YES, this book is wonderful. The romance really worked for me – two people clinging to each other as the last vestiges of their old lives, as (mostly) everyone else in their lives are gone.

    Also, I couldn’t help but read AIDAN’s lines in my head using Benedict Cumberbatch’s Smaug voice 😛 He’s a wonderful, complicated villain (if ‘villain’ is really the right word for him….?)


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