It Killed Me | Book Review: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman


Published October 20, 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Scifi

Rating: ★★★★



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.

BRIEFING NOTE: 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.


Does the authors are merciful?

I’m tremendously emotional wrecked after reading this book. At first, I underestimated this book because I don’t get why PEOPLE are so into it (aside from the fact that the cover art is dope). And now, I totally understood WHY. Okay, let me take a breath first because I’m too hyperventilating talking about it.

I don’t usually read sci-fi stories because I’m afraid that I may not understand it, so I’m quite picky to read it.

Reasons why I love this book:

  1. the whole book is a work of art. The cover art, cover jacket, and everything. Side note: it could be a coffee table book. HA HA HA!
  2. Aidan is a frenemy but still I want to give him a credit since it is all his fault. *sorry Aidan
  3. Because of him, it was a crazy mess in all the ships.
  4. Ezra and Kady are my favorite loveteam. I know it is too overrated. And I love love Stephanie and Dorian (hahaha) because they look cute together even their IM’s. *okay I will shut my mouth
  5. And I also think that the Phobos Virus is like a Zombie Attack. (Am I right? Or just imagining things?) and for me this gives the story a lot of twists.
  6. I love the character of Kady because I have a soft spot for badass lady. She loves computers and even hacks.
  7. So the story has a different point of view since it was told by the IM’s, Surveillance Footage and Emails.

No matter how incredible this book was, there’s still a cons here.

  1. sometimes, the art on the pages is too much and it makes confusing. I feel like some of it is not relevant for the book and I understand that it’s just adding some effects in the story since it’s sci-fi but not everyone has a same understanding in reading this.

Moreover, the ending of Illuminae is unexpected. It made me gasps and jumped off. I’m too excited to read the second book and to know what’s the future holds for them.

So, if you love to watch movies like Gravity this is a best book for you.

What are your thoughts on Illuminae? Who is your favorite characters. Tell me. 


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Karina says:

    Ahhh I love Illuminae so freaking much! ❤ But I have to agree on the con you said! It's true. Sometimes things are being hard to read even though it's pretty cool and really beautiful to look at. 😂 Great review, Christine!

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    1. Christine says:

      Thanks Karina for stopping by. I need to read Gemina haha.


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