Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Title: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Published: October 2015

Rating: ★★★★

Summary: Reeling from a recent break-up, Kady is dealing with heartbreak when her earthly home is attacked and she is forced off-planet for survival. You follow her story via messages, emails, and other reports detailing the circumstances of this tumultuous time.

Thoughts: I was so excited to read this book. It had so much hype and a really strong Goodreads rating. On top of that, I was really curious about this unconventionally constructed book that was supposed to read like a file of evidence. Unfortunately, for me it didn’t live up to the hype. I found this read to be just okay, and although there are unusual circumstances compared to other books I read, the story was mostly just a conventional YA story without the advantage of character development due to the limited insight the reports and emails could provide. Furthermore, Kady really grated my nerves. I found her to be kind of a jerk and I had a hard time understanding why everyone loved her so much. While reading it, I kept thinking of Battlestar Galactica, so I guess I would equate this to a shoddy, YA Battlestar Galactica. Mainly this book just made me want to get to the end so I could move on to a new book, but not to an extent that prevented me from finishing reading it. I was certainly enticed by the flashy way it was written, which also helped me make it to the end.

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