Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


“Miracles are statistical improbabilities. And fate is an illusion humanity uses to comfort itself in the dark. There are no absolutes in life, save death.”

Title: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Why you should read this book: If you are looking for a book that’s not exactly a book but much more than that then you should read this asap.

Kady broke up with her boyfriend Ezra on a quiet morning and she thought the day couldn’t get worse. Well, she was wrong. Her planet, Kerenza IV was invaded by an enemy corporation and she finds herself running for her life with the fresh-ex-boyfriend by her side. They end up in 2 different ships and Kady knows that she has to use Ezra’s help to discover what the people in charge are hiding from the civilians. A mutating plague is on the loose and it’s turning the affected into murderous machines and the AI on board of the ship Alexander, instead of protecting them, it seems that it’s trying to kill them. What is exactly going on and why are the people in charge pretending everything it fine?

“Ezra: And then I said it.
Interviewer; What did he say?
Kady Grant: He said, ‘You picked a hell of a day to dump me, Kades.”

One hell of a book, I’m telling you. From its weird swirling pages right to its random chat conversations. I am finding really hard to write anything about this book. Was is really a book? I thought it was more like an experience, it left me with so many emotions but I want more of it. I have never read anything like this, so wonderfully complex.

The characters are funny, brave…human, even if one is not human at all. AIDAN, the artificial intelligence aboard the Alexander, was the character that surprised me the most, I wasn’t expecting what he did and said maybe because he didn’t think like a human, his logic differed from ours. I must admit I was a little attracted to him/it/whaaat?. Something about his character development makes you see outside the box, for a moment you forget what he’s done and see what he is becoming and maybe you feel like you want to give him a second chance.


Kady and Ezra, cuties, chose to break up on a very unfortunate day. Their conversations are funny, smart, really lovely. Ezra is such a cutie pie, I just can’t picture his face but I picture him hot, of course. At first we are not told why she broke up with him, you see there is still love, a lot of love, but something made her take that decision. He suffers, she suffers, I suffer. I have only one heart but it can’t keep on breaking, it’s not healthy. I sometimes wonder if these fictional characters will be the end of me!

Kady, nobody braver than her, small, monkey-like, ninja, super smart. I like her a lot! She keeps a lot of pain inside of her because, and I’m on her side on this, she doesn’t feel comfortable sharing personal information with people she doesn’t know. She feels lonely, scared but determined, sassy but a little fragile. The real Kady can be seen through her personal journal, you can see that she is indeed 17 years old and that’s how a 17 year old girl feels when faced with that much pain.

“She runs. Not away, but toward.”

Yeah, that’s Kady!

I liked the side characters as well, they had very different personalities, a life of their own, wife and kids on some random planet, safe and sound. They risk their lives everyday, they used to know what they were fighting but the new enemies/obstacles are bringing them to make very wrong decisions. A lot of mistakes are made, unfortunately.

I now realize that I will think about this book (mind blowing experience) for a very long time. I can’t wait for the next one.

Do I recommend it? Yes, read it, turn the book upside down, zoom in, zoom out, laugh, think, cry.
Rate: 5/5

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