October 27, 2015

Blog Tour: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review and Giveaway #Illuminae



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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff!

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Blog Tour:  Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review and Giveaway #Illuminae

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers  on October 20, 2015
Series: The Illuminae Files #1


This title was provided to us by the Publisher/Author. We were in no way compensated for our review(s).




Gabby-2013I need to start this review off by just saying that Annie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s Illuminae is unlike anything that I have ever read before. From the plot to the actual storytelling—everything about Illuminae is unique. There wasn’t a moment spent while reading this novel where I wasn’t on the edge of my seat and completely into it. This book is everything. Honestly, if you don’t give it a read, you are missing out on something great.

Set in the year 2575, when Kady breaks up with her boyfriend Ezra, the very last thing she expects is for her planet to get invaded by a megacorporation that is interested in starting a war. Narrowly managing to escape on a fleet of ships, both Kady and Ezra find themselves trying to outrun a warship—the Lincoln—that is dead-set on leaving behind no survivors. The threat the warship poses is nothing compared to the threats that are beginning to appear onboard the ships Copernicus, Alexander, and Hypatia. A deadly airborne virus has begun to infect survivors, leaving them feral and bloodthirsty. And the Alexander’s AI, the only thing that can save them from the oncoming warship, is showing malicious intentions. For Kady and Ezra, safety and survival have never been so far away, and there’s no telling if they’ll make it.

I loved this book.

I cannot emphasize how much I love this book. I had my doubts before reading (because the few things I’d read about it were nothing but people raving about how fantastic it was), but now I can tell you with complete and total honesty that this book is just amazing. The way that Illuminae’s story is told is unique and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. There is no typical first person or third person point of view where everything is told through chapters of prose. Illuminae is told through transcripts of conversations, IMs, documents detailing videos from security cameras, and other ‘found’ footage. It takes a bit of time getting used to, yes, but the way that Kaufman and Kristoff present the story is immersive and innovative.

The way that the story is told makes Illuminae all the more haunting to read. Readers will feel like they’re reading something that actually happened, something that was real, making Illuminae something forbidden to them. It’s a story that leaves you on the edge of your seat, hoping that your favorite characters make it to the very end and unscathed. There were far too many moments where I was left with a horrible feeling in my stomach as I watched some of my faves meet their utter demises.

The protagonists of the novel, Kady and Ezra, are both such flawed characters. They feel very real when you read their interactions with one another and the other characters in the plot. Even though they’re both exes, you can watch as they begin to fall back in touch with one another, and readers will wonder if there’s hope for their romance yet. Will they be able to get back together even though Kady is on the Hypatia and Ezra is on the Alexander? We just do not know, but there’s hope.

In the end, Illuminae is a novel that I’m going to end up holding on very closely to my heart. It’s been too long since I’ve read something as truly unique as Illuminae. The stakes are raised with every single new piece of information that’s offered to us. The characters are all amazing. The storytelling is on point. Nothing is ever what it seems, and I’ve shed far too many tears on the pages of this ARC. It’s with great excitement that I await the next installment to The Illuminae Files. I know only greatness will come from these stories.

I would recommend Illuminae to just about anyone. Fans of sci-fi, romance, action, adventure—whatever—Illuminae has it all. If you want a storyline that will suck you in and keep you flipping pages until the very end, then you’d best get reading.


About 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.


About 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.



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  1. Maria Malaveci

    I have heard it is amazing!


  2. Linda Romer

    This book sounds amazing and I love SciFi ♡ Thank you


  3. Eileen

    I’ve only heard amazing things about it and the synopsis sounds like it’s definitely something I enjoy :D
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  4. Lekeisha

    Read nothing but great things about this one. So ready to read it!
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  5. Alice Lionel

    I’ve heard fantastic things about this book, and it looks so interesting!
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  6. Rachel B

    The way the book is written – that is with prose instead of POV chapters – sounds really intriguing. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, I’m definitely reading this one.
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  7. Beth W

    Everyone whose read it, loves it- and that makes sense, considering the authors are amazing and the synopsis is intriguing.
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  8. Autumn

    The idea for this book sounds so original and fun.


  9. Kaitlyn A.

    Because it’s written by some amazing authors!!


  10. Cyn @ Book Munchies

    This book looks so cool, it’s definitely very different than other novels!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  11. Mary G Loki

    I have heard that it’s funny, dark, disturbing and scary! Everything I could ever want in a good story!


  12. Summer

    Not only does this sound like nothing I’ve ever read before, which I always consider a plus, but readers seem to be having very emotional reactions to it, and that’s my kind of book.


  13. Vanessa

    I have to read this book! This is right up my alley. Thanks so much for the giveaway!


  14. Richard Brandt

    Because there’s just not enough zombies in my space opera.
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  15. Jocelyne T

    This sounds really cool! Looking forward to reading it!


  16. Christine

    I love the story and concept and the overall feel of the book–the graffiti and censored lines, the gritty look. It just seems like an amazing experience to read!! :)


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