The Illuminae Files Book Review

Hey guys!

I have been reading a lot lately and decided that today is a day for a book review! I actually wanted to write this review right when I finished the book but I ended up waiting a few of days, so here I am now!

The book that I am going to review today is the Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. 

Lately, I have really been enjoying science fiction and thriller type books and since Illuminae is science fiction I thought that it would be something I would enjoy. I actually wanted to get this book from Barnes and Noble for a while now purely because of how cool the book looked and the unique the way the book is written. It is so cool because the story is told through interviews , instant messages, surveillance cameras and all different things of that nature,which I thought would be super fun and unique to read. And guess what? Is was!

I’m not really the greatest at making summaries about books like this because there are so many interwoven details that I don’t want to spoil anything for you. If you’re interested in the summary or to get the jist of the book, then just click the goodreads link above and you should be good to go!

This was such a unique and fun read for me. There were so many twists and turns. I finished this 600 page book in like two days. It was the first time in a long time where I was able to dive into a book so quickly without stopping  and being so immersed in the world I thought it was really cool.

The setting takes place on a fleet spaceships as they are trying to out run another fleet of ships who are corrupt and get to a safe planet after an attack. The problem is their AI is acting up and causing all kinds of trouble aboard. The commanders of the ship are trying to cover it all up, but a group of hackers are discovering the truth and trying to save the day. A virus may or may not have broken out on one of  the ships and there may or may not involve zombies.  What I mean to say here is that this story has everything you could want in a science fiction book. Intergalactic war, a crazy artificial intelligence, zombies (they didn’t say anything about them being zombies in the book, they were just crazy sick people with a disease that chased after and killed other the other humans, but I consider them zombies in my head), and a strong female character who is super good at computers and saves the day. …and there a little tiny bit of romance.

This really does have it all as far as the plot and even though it takes place in a new futuristic world it is written in such a way that it is easy to understand this world and jump right in.  A lot happens in this book and seems to have a lot of things going on but it is done so that is isn’t confusing at all and it comes together well. The book  finished like you knew there was going to be a second book, yet the story was still complete.

Another thing that I liked about this book was the character development. I developed strong feelings for the characters in the book and empathized with them as the story went on and by the end of the book I just wanted to find out what happens to the characters next once the book ended.

That brings me to my final point and then I promise I’ll stop blabbing on. This was the type of book where as soon as I finished it I looked into the second one. I was prepared to go to the store to buy it right then and there, but then I found out that the second one takes place in the same world, but a whole new set of characters, so I’m not too sure about it now. I grew so attached to these ones that I just wanted to keep reading their stories. I’m still going to read the next book, but now I’m not so much in a hurry to pick it up!

Hope you liked this review. Thank you so much if you stayed and read through the whole thing, I know it was pretty long but I had fun reading it. I struggled a lot writing this post because it is so hard talking about this book since it is really unique. I want to give you the full picture but I also don’t want to spoil anything!

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