Review of ‘Illuminae’ by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


Title: Illuminae

Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers

Publication Date: 20th October, 2015

Pages: 602

Blurb via Goodreads:

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.

A book I initially picked out due to the rave reviews and it’s vibrant and intriguing colour, ‘Illuminae’, co-authored by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, has fought itself into my top reads of all time. Continue reading “Review of ‘Illuminae’ by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff”

Why I Left The Book Blogging Community (And Why I’m Coming Back) – Real Talk #3

It’s been almost two years since my last post on this blog. Two years that have proven themselves to be pivotal in my development as a human being and now, as an almost 19 year old, an adult.

I started this blog in 2015, after I met a woman named Heather at that year’s YALC event. Heather was from Scotland and while waiting in line for a book signing for someone, she told me of the wonders of book blogging. At the time I was reading avidly and I was aspiring to journalism as a career, so the prospect of my very own book blog was very appealing. Continue reading “Why I Left The Book Blogging Community (And Why I’m Coming Back) – Real Talk #3”