In a sad turn of events, I didn’t love Illuminae as much as I’d hoped.
I wanted to fall head over heels for this book, I wanted to hug and cradle and it to be an amazing read but it ended up falling short for me and just me being a disappointed grape. *sigh* Anyways more about what I thought about this book in the actual review.
I ordered this book off Amazon and then the next day I found it in the library. I was torn as to what to do. Should I cancel the order or keep it? After some advice, I decided on keeping because I thought I was going to love it (also illustrations…YAS) but then…I didn’t LOVE it. I don’t even know WHAT TO THINK??? Like I had REALLY high expectations for this book, guys. I was expecting everything just to be mind-blowing and feels crushing and…
Did I get that? Well yes… I SHIPPED THE SHIP SO HARD… but I feel this completely lacked in all the sci-fi elements. Don’t get me wrong, IT WAs A SCI-FI. But i feel it was all very surface level sci-fi. We never got into the nitty gritty details of the disease, how exactly it was spreading, HOW it was mutating, HOW they were finding the cure to it previously? LIKE?? I mean that plot line HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL and yet we just got a list of symptoms and people who went crazy (reminded me of the Cranks from The Maze Runner…anyone else?)
It was more a love story disguised a sci-fi and all the science elements are more ‘CONTEXT’ and ‘SETTING UP’ the meeting of Kady and Ezra and AIDAN. Nothing that wasn’t needed to develop the characters wasn’t included. Like the disease and Lincoln. They had to be THERE to create problems for the ship but not for the actual plot, or details. LIKE I SHIPPED IT but I wish the romance was more ‘on the side?? I hope this makes sense; What I am trying to say that the romance was more developed than the sci-fi. As in some elements of the science was confusing.
I was also kind of confused about the Lincoln. I wanted more EXPLANATION to why it was attacking everyone. Like it just seemed like this vague thing in the background that everyone was scared of. Honestly, it was just adding another problem to the load and that whole plot wasn’t really developed.
I also think the world could’ve been better built. I sometimes confused about what was going with all the Hypatia and Alexander and things but it was jaggedly explained throughout the book. I guess because of the formatting it was difficult to explain the world smoothly. I appreciate books that don’t spell everything out for you but a little more guidance near the beginning would have been appreciated.
It took me at least 250 pages TO REALLY GET GOING. two hundred and fifty pages? TO GET GOING? That’s kind of a lot for me but considering it was 600 pages and the beginning was still easy to read, I think I’ll let that slip.
Also, can I just say I felt that ending was really anti-climatic? That might be because it was spoiled for me, but either way, I didn’t…think it was enough. I wanted FEELS BURSTING AND OMG ASDFGHJKL but because of the way it was told, that wasn’t done very well. The again maybe because it was spoiled for me so I KNEW what was going to happen.
The strong point of this book HAS TO BE THE CHARACTERS. They have amazing character arcs, super funny and you totally care about them and are 100% invested.
Oh AIDAN is by far my favourite. Smol robots who discover they have feelings – YES, this is my life thank you. He was developed wonderfully and treasured all the chapters we got to see everything from his point of view. And somehow I related to him? So this shows I really am a robot.
Kady is one awesome girl. She has pink hair, is amazing at hacking and I LOVED WHEN SHE HAD FEELINGS because she was rare to show them. AND JUST KADY!! I really really enjoyed her diary and her character in general. Also very witty and sarcastic WHICH ALWAYS WINS ME OVER.
Ezra is HILARIOUS! I really wish we got more of him, to be honest. At the beginning, we had his jokes in those interviews and we had them dotted around the book too, but I wanted more of those scenes where I chuckled quietly to myself. He’s such a cool guy, to be honest; i mean he sends these little illustrations full of words to Kady and OKAY BE STILL MY BEATING HEART.
“you deserve every star in the galaxy laid out at your feet and a thousand diamonds in your hair. You deserve someone who’ll run with you as far and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand not holding you back”
I SHIP THE EZRA AND KADY SO MUCH IT IS INSAANNNEEE I TELL YOU. THE SHIP IS EXPLODING
The illustrations and formatting are great! I’m a sucker for unique books and this book got that spot on. With interviews, diary entries, medical reports, online conversations, documents, it was a super fun way to get to know the characters and tell a story. Maybe in another author’s hands, this would’ve been a mess or disaster but these two authors did it so well. *beams* I am happy.
The last half of the book was what really got all those stars. it was dramatic and gripping and everything else people say this book is. Also, there was like this battle with exploding ships and YES FOR THE ACTION HERE. But that’s mostly because AIDAN was telling the story and did I mention I love AIDAN? No. I love AIDAN.
Maybe it was because I had read a spoiler before or maybe because I set the stakes too high, but not at one point was I on the edge of my seat or close to tears or my heart was pounding or was I sweating or what not. It had FEELS but it didn’t HIT ME WITH THEM. And I really wanted that. But I didn’t get it. To be honest I was just a bit let down with the sci-fi story. THERE WAS A LOT OF THE SCIENCE FICTION IN THIS but it all felt so surface-level. It was clever and I WILL REMEMBER THIS STORY, but it fell a little short in places, sadly.
RATING: 3.(7)5 STARS
Author(s): Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: (The Illuminae Files, #1)
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 mega-corporations 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. (GOODREADS)