Paperback, 599 pages

English language

Published Nov. 20, 2015 by Allen & Unwin.

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Illuminae is a 2015 young adult space opera epistolary novel written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This is the first novel of the series The Illuminae Files. The story is told through a series of documents including classified reports, censored emails, and interviews. Illuminae is set in 2575 and is the story of teenage colonist Kady Grant and her fighter pilot boyfriend Ezra Mason.The series was acquired by Random House in a preempt in 2013. The first book in the series was published in late October 2015. It debuted at #5 on the New York Times Best Seller List Young Adult Hardcover list, and eventually reached the #2 spot. Illuminae was nominated for the 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Award, won the 2015 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction novel, the 2016 Gold Inky Award for best teen fiction, and the 2016 Australian Book Industry Award Book of the Year …

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3 stars

3.5 stars.

-Interesting format. I listened to the audiobook so I missed out on the art but the full cast made up for it imo.
-Unpredictable twists.
-Some delightfully gruesome moments.
-Anti-corporate theme.

-Flat characters.
-Central teenage romance that seems to be based on absolutely nothing except overly cute banter.
-Strong Female Protagonist TM.

Usually I'm more of a character over plot kind of person. I can handle long, plotless meanderings as long as the characters are compelling. In this case it was the plot that grabbed me as the characters are completely one dimensional and the relationships between them are flimsy at best. The main character is your stereotypical unrealistically Strong Female Character with all the brains and the beauty and her relationship with her boyfriend is overwrought and uninteresting. But I kept reading to find out what happened next regardless. The short chapters and variety of …

Review of 'Illuminae' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

The novel follows the conceit of being ballasted as a dossier investigating a disaster; I don't think it's a format that helps the story. I'm also not sure what if anything the author is trying to say or accomplish by describing a distant future so characterized by toxic masculinity - I feel like the idea of military "busting your balls" conversations could have been approached differently.

Review of 'Illuminae' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This genre isn't my usual go-to. I don't usually go for science fiction. What drew me in about this book was the format-- the style. I love a book with an unconventional way to tell the story. Chat logs, pictures, dossiers, prose. If it's anything but standard paragraphs, I am on it like a magnet.

So, I can say that I found the general reading experience enjoyable, despite my few gripes. I had the unfortunate experience of disliking the two main characters, Kady and Ezra. More specifically, I disliked the interactions between the two, and even more so, their "romance". Luckily, as they were mostly chat logs, thy were very easy to speed through to get back to what I feel is the real meat of the story, the reason I could ignore the teenage love story and keep going with vigor: A space war, a deadly virus, and AIDAN. …

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