Illuminae - Amie Kaufman + Jay Kristoff


Illuminae (Illuminae #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

A rolicking adventure! In brief: A hacker and a pilot come up against a weaponized pathogen and an insane artificial intelligence while in deep space. What up!

I enjoyed the pages, where text was obscured or ran in all directions, using something interactive/experimental and the story was good to boot.

I was amazed at how creepy this story was, and how funny some things were. I did find that some humor was a bit ‘locker room’, not a good thing, and jokes seemed to be shared by characters who didn’t know each other. It was hard to tell how the writing was shared by the two authors. I loved how things played out, though it was heavy to read at times. The story does not shy away from gore, and violence runs rampant throughout, only becoming imminent and close as it progress. I was glad of the way it ended.

I’ve been involved in discussions over the last ten years about bad author behavior, and I need to note that when asked about Nevernight, Jay Kristoff made remarks that were discomforting at best, see this eloquent and informative post in regards to that. However, while I feel that isn’t relevant to this book, I do feel it's necessary to mention. It did not impact my rating, but it does make me think twice about continuing this series.

Pages: 608
Year: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Read: 14 March 2017 to 18 March 2017
Stars: 4 (really liked it)