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Illuminae - Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (book review)


Book: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Genre: Sci-fi, Young Adult, Romance
Published By: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published Year: 2015

My Review:
Having heard a lot of positive things about this book I thought I would check it out and borrowed it from the library and found it was a really quick read and rather unique in the way that it was written.

Illuminae is about survivors from a war trying to get to safety however there is a plague in which is getting throughout the passengers and is driving them crazy. Not only this but it seems like the main computer system has also went insane and has stopped trying to protect the people like it is supposed to to.

I thought that this book was original in it's story as well as the way that it was written and some of the pages with the imagery was really well done and also made to be really pretty. This did keep me wanting to see how the pages would look and with it's unique style I thought it was well placed out. I also liked that it showed different people's perspectives about what was going on as it helped to really show the full picture of what was happening on the different ships. I also like how the plague was described and how they managed to keep some humanity when they were reminded of their life before it even though they seemed zombie like. I found that by also having parts of the book where you get to understand AIDAN was really good and was one of the only characters I found myself really caring for and when the ending and seeing him vanish left me actually really sad. I thought that his character was really well done and made me want to continue the book to know how his system kept seeming to get more corrupt. Not only this but by showing how he was starting to really care for the people especially one of the main character Kady. I did think that the ending was done in a way which would make the reader want to find out more and as this is a trilogy would leave the reader hoping to find out more answers in the next installment of the series. Finally, I thought that this book was done at a brilliant pace and once picking it up didn't really want to put it down!

However, personally I really didn't like the way that this was written in terms of reports, e-mails and so on as it left me not caring for the characters and not feeling anything at all when something bad happened which did rather upset me as it was a book in which I did find enjoyable. Not only this but I thought that there should have been a little bit more about the virus added into the book as I feel that although it was touched upon there was more that I wanted to know about it and if there was a way to stop it and why people seemed to stop when they managed to remember their life before it.

Overall, I thought that this book was brilliantly paced and that once I started I didn't want to put it down though the writing style personally wasn't for me. I would however recommend this book to those who are looking for a sci-fi book and something in which is really easy to read. I am interested in finding out what happens next so will probably try to find the second book in the series in order to continue with it.

My Rating: 4/5 

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