Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Pages: 599

ISBN: 978-1-78074-837-5

Series: The Illuminae Files #1

Genre: SciFi

Kady is braking up with her boyfriend Ezra when her planet in being attacked. They are upon just some of the population that makes it to safety on the evacuation ships. But this is not the end as they are being pursued by an enemy warship. On top of that, the artificial intelligence that is supposed to help them is acting in a way nobody can really understand. It does some horrific things that should not be possible according to its programming.

To make the situation even worse, the survivors of the attack are confronted with a plague that has broken out. Kady, who is kind of a computer genius, hacks into the system to find out what is going on as the information she gets from the authorities on the ship does not satisfy her. She discovers some unnerving truths and she realises that she needs the help of Ezra as he is on the other ship in the fleet.

Soon everything gets totally messed up and Kady seems to be the only person able to save hundreds of lives on the ships even when her live seems to hang in the balance.


Yes, I absolutely loved this book and I could not get enough of it. I spent every free second I had on reading more of this fantastic story. This has to be one of my all-time favourite books because:

  1. It is SciFi. I grew up with Science Fiction like Star Trek, Stargate and Andromeda. I love astrophysics, I even studied it at university. I just get lost in space (and its stories).

  2. It is long. Being younger I loathed thick and long books because reading them for school was just taking so awfully long. But now I don’t want the books to end, at least the ones I can’t get enough of, the great ones.

  3. It’s writing style is an absolute delight. Maybe there are other books written in the same style but I don’t know any. So this was my first and I felt sheer joy in reading this piece of literature.

  4. It has a good story. Well, it is young adult so there is certainly some love story to be expected but it was just part of the story and not the only story. And even though it probably was not the most original story, I loved every second of the ride.

  5. The humour. And it is dark humour, so great to read it in a book. Love me some more of that.

  6. The way numbers and letters were used not only for words but zo visualise the story. Just all in all the way that the disparity between black and white is used to design the pages. And yes, it is design.

  7. It tried – and succeeded in being something different.

I am sure, there are so many more reasons for me to adore this book but I am lacking thoughts and words to express myself only by remembering the experience of reading the book.

One word for the book: magnificent

Message for the authors: Thank you!

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