Read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman Jay Kristoff Draško Roganović Jasmina Marković Karović Online


U rukama držite dosije o tragičnim zbivanjima nakon invazije na Kerenzu IV, koji je hakerski kolektiv ILLUMINAE prikupio po nalogu XXXXX i BeiTek korporacije.Unutra su detaljno popisani i analizirani snimci i prepiska dobijeni prismotrom glavnih osumnjičenih, Ezre Milera i Kejdi Grant, kao i fajlovi koje su XXXXXXX izvukli iz jezgra poludelog sistema veštačke inteligencijeU rukama držite dosije o tragičnim zbivanjima nakon invazije na Kerenzu IV, koji je hakerski kolektiv ILLUMINAE prikupio po nalogu XXXXX i BeiTek korporacije.Unutra su detaljno popisani i analizirani snimci i prepiska dobijeni prismotrom glavnih osumnjičenih, Ezre Milera i Kejdi Grant, kao i fajlovi koje su XXXXXXX izvukli iz jezgra poludelog sistema veštačke inteligencije VIKTOR, tokom izbijanja zaraze virusom XXXXXXXX.Ove podatke trenitrati kao strogo poverljive i nipošto ne dopustiti da padnu u pogrešne šake.L. FrobišerIzvršna direktorkaBeiTek – Odsek za nabavke„Ambiciozno, ganutljivo; oduševljava ‘za sve pare’.“ Kirkus Reviews„Način pripovedanja opčinjava, a postupak odlikuje umetnička umeštnost koja od reči stvara slike čak i doslovno. U putovanju kroz ovu priču neuobičajena forma ponegde traži od čitaoca dodatni napor, ali ono što dobijate savršeno je vredno tog truda.“ Publishers Weekly...

Title : Illuminae
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Number of Pages : 602 Pages
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Illuminae Reviews

  • Jay Kristoff
    2019-05-13 17:07

    ILLUMINAE is the classic tale of Girl Meets Boy:Girl Loses Boy:And Parents:And Planet: and Ends Up on a Crippled Spaceship: with a Mad Computer:and a Deadly Virus Outbreak:in the Middle of an Interstellar War:It's without a doubt the coolest book I've ever written. I'm pretty sure you've never read a book like it.So . . . enjoy!

  • Kat O'Keeffe
    2019-05-24 21:21

    THIS WAS THE COOLEST! The unique format is what really makes this book stand out, but even without that aspect, it's still a fantastic read! Going into it I didn't know a whole lot, but I'd only heard praise, and after reading it, I GET IT. So many awesome elements and surprises--I had no idea where the story would end up, but I loved getting there. Awesome world, great characters, intense moments. It was funny and creepy, and again, just plain COOL.One of my faves of the year! Definitely recommended, especially if you're looking for something different or you love a good sci-fi story!

  • Christine Riccio
    2019-05-23 13:29


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  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    2019-05-12 13:29

    WOW. THIS WAS GOOD. It took me quite some time to really get into the story, but after around the 200 page mark I was hooked!

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    2019-05-08 13:37

    There is no way in hell that I could possibly describe what's going through my head right now. I don't think I'll be functional for a little while.I'll get back to you on this, but just know it blew me away. Far, far away.Review coming closer to August, MWAHAHAHH! Wait, October now? Sucks for you that publication was pushed back :P)

  • Emily May
    2019-05-07 18:17

    Visually, Illuminae is an extremely fun and unique kind of book. It's a romantic space opera told through a collection of interview transcripts, diary entries, emails and gorgeous space images like this:Sounds amazing, no? If I was rating solely based on cool ideas, this would get a bajillion stars.A book this attractive should not be boring and yet the most exciting things about it - by far - were the unusual style and graphics. The story itself - of a planet being invaded in 2575 - simply didn't hold my attention. I found myself wanting to skim read many of the pages. Maybe it was because the lovers at the centre of the novel were boring caricatures of teenagers.Maybe it was because of the detailed scientific descriptions and diagrams of spaceships:Maybe it was the tiresome and dull "Unipedia" pages that made me feel like I was studying for an essay:But mostly I think it was because of the teens in love. Kady embodies the definition of a "strong heroine" but doesn't actually have a personality beyond that. Her entire characterization is built around badass girl power and I almost want to love that fact, but she never felt like a person. She felt like a cardboard cutout delivering snarky toughness.The conversations between her and Ezra feel forced, like someone reading off a script:It's the kind of book that looks way better from far away.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    2019-05-10 13:09

    DNF at 30%This book is written in epistolary format, and it has the honor of being the most annoying book I've read this year. Some people love that stuff. I ain't one of them. I love space shit. Firefly. Star Wars (yes, EVEN THE NEWER ONES). Star Trek (I loved Enterprise and I don't care who knows it). This book was just terrible and terribly formatted.The first few chapters are entirely interviews. It was annoying as shit. It didn't endear me to the main characters, and it explain nothing. Interviews are nigh on useless for building a memorable introduction, unless it is in the hands of an extremely skilled writer. Not the case here.So right off we have an annoying girl who's thinking about her ex bf when the invasion occurred (huh?). I have no idea where we are. I have no idea what year it is. I don't know what a Kerenza whatever is.Interviewer: Wait, you people had a subway system? I thought this settlement was illegal?Ezra Mason: Chum, the Kerenza mine operated undetected for twenty years. Whole families lived there. You know how far from the Core we are, right?WHAT. THE. FUCK. IS. GOING. ON?Bad start. And it didn't get much better. After what seems like 10000000 pages of interviews, all of a sudden we're at war (still no idea where we are, what year it is, how we got here, etc.) and then young people are getting conscripted for the military.Anyone showing C-grade ability or better is to be conscripted the day they hit eighteen. We need pilots. We need gunners. We need spanner monkeys and chipheads. And we need them now.This is an unprecedented situation—to my knowledge, no stellarcorp has ever openly attacked a United Terran Authority ship. I don’t care if BeiTech Industries’ litigation department has enough red tape to gift-wrap a small moon. These corporations need to learn nobody is above the law and nobody attacks a UTA vessel without consequences.Yay.There are battle ships and specs of battle ships.Do I give a fuck? No, I don't. There are cool pictures. There are snippets of things I couldn't give two shits about. What I want is a sensible story, and I didn't get that here. I got a headache instead.By 30%, I still have no idea what the fuck is going on. I concede, my brain prefers structure. If you're into this stuff, good for you. It's just not for me.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-04-26 19:23

    RE-READ REVIEW:Yes yes I am officially 100% Illuminae trash and I COULD CRY BECAUSE I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. I literally....afjkdlasfd. What am I even supposed to say here? OKAY. Just a few like "reread" thoughts in list format because that's who I am.• First off the audiobook is freaking amazing and I CANNOT RECOMMEND IT ENOUGH. It's got tons of voices, it's basically dramatised, there is MUSIC and like beep-booping (shh, technical term there) of machines and I lovelovelovelovelove it.• The emotion in the audiobook actually nearly made me CRY.• Actually all the intensely amazing plot twists still hit me. HARD. This is also because I never remember anything of what I read??? So like it was reading a completely new book almost????• And I'm quite the auditory learning, so I absorbed a LOT more this time. afjdaksld the plot twists.• THE PLOT TWISTS THE PLOT TWISTS THE PLOT TWISTS.• Favourite character is: AIDAN. It actually concerns me how much I love the slightly psychotic computer. But I also related to him a lot?? He predicts humans but he can't understand them. He does his best but people don't understand him. And just ajfdkslad I love AIDAN so much. I actually don't really think he's so much a villain as an anti-hero.• Still shipping him and Kady. <3• Who is apparently said "Kady" like "Katey"?? Not "caddie"?? OKAY MY LIFE IS A LIFE.• Story of Cait's Life: mispronouncing everything ever.• Also why is everyone dead.• why are my emotions frayed at the edges.• why is the book so beautiful to look at.• why was I lying on th eground listening to an audio and petting the amazing pictures in this book.• help me.• (except don't, I'm happy in this mindfield of pain)• Also I just want to point out this has one of the best romances ever and yet it's SO lowkey. (view spoiler)[Ezra and Kady kiss ONCE in the very last chapter. And yet SHIP THIS GALACTIC EXPLOSION....I mean, yeah, I ship Kady and AIDAN. But, they can be a broship. I'll accept that too. (hide spoiler)]• Did I mention AIDAN?!?• Also the plot twist that MADE ME LOSE MY MIND EVEN THOUGH I KNEW IT WAS COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!• LEAST TO SAY: this book is even better the second time. I gave it 5stars originally, but I want to give it 9384928 stars I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH. I finished it and literally ached because I didn't want it to be over.• One of the most special books of all time. <3• someone give me Gemina. I'm lying on the floor IN A PUDDLE OF EMOTION and can't get up*** ORIGINALLY REVIEWED = NOV 2015 ***So basically....FJADS28472QUIOQYQQQREUYEIP HOW DO I DO WORDS I LOVE THIS OMG. 2U18WQERWRWKLJKJ K...*collapses weeping* This book is good okay? I was dubious. I spent the first, nearly, 200-pages not loving it. I was confused and then...and then. SUDDENLY I JUST ADORED EVERYTHING. I'm a big fan of books with quirky formatting and this? This takes the cake. And the tea and crumpets and planets. It's like ART as well as a book. There are pictures (!!) of the spaceships (!!!!!) and it's full of messages and transcripts and sun bursting explosions and gobs and gobs of dialogue. I love dialogue. And yes, it lacked description for some things..but, heck, I don't even really care about description. SO I WAS 100% OKAY WITH THAT. Why was I confused? Um. Heavy sci-fi lingo, folks. HEAVY. I still actually am unsure about a LOT of details and things, including WHY they were under attack. Yes I am a deluded pineapple brained melon. BUT. I TRY. It was just very .... difficult at times? There are blocks of text of some random people observing the main characters/events and those felt a bit dry to me.Buuuuut. Somehow...that all aside...I FREAKING LOVED IT?!?!?!?!??!? I CANNOT EVEN RIGHT NOW OKAY. It absolutely punched me in the feels like no other. And I'm squeaking It's genius. These authors (Aussies, btw) are genius.OKAY!! But a quick overview on what the book is actually about for those of you who are like "Yeah, that's all well and good, CAit, but what's the freaking lump of pages about????" I shall answer thee.(By the way, it totally is a brick. 600 pages and it's HEAVY. My arms hurt from reading it. #BookwormTragedy)Small Summary Of Things In This Book:• It is about two teens (Ezra and Kady) whose planet gets destroyed and they end up on separate getaway ships. There is another ship coming to kill them. Idek why. I didn't...get that bit. (My bad.)• Kady is a hacker. (!!!!!!)• Ezra is a donkey.• HAHA JUST KIDDING. Ezra is adorable and kind of has violent/anger issues and is a scream.• They're both really REALLY sarcastic, okay?!? Which I love.• Unfortunately when the book starts they've just broken up, so they hate each other...but they also still totally love each other. So that's awkward teenage love for you.• YES the book is entirely told in pictures, files, instant-message conversations, and a few chapters of description from, like, a security camera sort of thing.• And it's also told from the POV of an evil computer named AIDEN who is wonderful. I love ADIEN. <3 AIDEN is also a psychopath, totally, which is awkward considering I just said I love him (but forgive me) and is eeeevil as well as protectable. Whatever that means. Idek, humans, I'm doing my best. I'm fighting off a bookhangover here. I AM DRUNK ON ILLUMINAE. [Kady] "Um, because you're loopier than Flacky McPsycho, Mayor of Crazytown?"[AIDEN] "My databases show no record of this Crazytown of which you speak. A brain the size of an entire city burns inside me. My intelligence quotient is beyond the human scale. I would prefer if you did not refer to me in such a fashion.""Oh, poor baby. Did I hurt the mass-murdering psychopathic artificial intelligence's feelings?"• What was I even saying? Omgooord.• SO. There is tons of heavy sci-fi lingo. Sometimes I was very much like "WUT WUT WUT" but I think if you get past the first 100 or so pages you get into a flow.• It gets REALLY emotional, which is hard to believe for a book that totally is functioning on messages and transcripts of documents, right?!? BUT IT DOES. • The ending reduced me to a screeching wormhole of stars and glitter and terrible roaring wails. All. All of it. You see the problem here?• Also there's lots of shooting and fighting and kind of an undead disease thing. • And all the swear words are blanked out for "censoring", which I found a LITTLE ridiculous, but kind of quirky too? But, seriously, this book has the MOST swearing of any YA I've read, I think. o.O Just because it's blanked out ain't meaning I don't focus on it.• There was a part where I howled particularly loud and considered tossing the book across my room, but a) I didn't want to break a wall because this book is so FRIKKING BIG and b) I kind of wanted to read on. #bookwormtragedies• Oh and because of all the instant-messaging transcripts, there are actually typos!! I LOVE THAT. Best book ever! TYPOOOOOS. I want to write a book where I can get away with typos, gawsh darnit.• I want book two.• LIKE NOOOOOOOOW.• And it reminded me simultaneously of Eagle Eye (fabulous movie with evil computer, go watch it now) and also Star Trek. So smush them together = Illuminae. I really have nothing left to say except: WOW. I thought I'd like it but, gawsh, those 100 first pages freaked me out that I wouldn't. I was definitely bored in some places and I missed not knowing much about the characters features. And I missed lyrical prose. There's a little? But really not much. It was a feels ride and...OH. I really want to listen to the audio book!! I've heard it's got some epic quirks too. SO BASICALLY I NEED IT NOW. This is like one of the only times I've literally put down a book and gone "yuuup but I wanna read it again". The hype is true, humans. THE HYPE IS TRUE.[Ezra] "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 as and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back. You deserve more than I could ever give you, Kady. But I'll give you everything I can if you still want me to."

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2019-05-07 18:12

    UPDATED THOUGHTS:Ok, so I've calmed down a bit and am feeling better about this. It's amazing how many different forms this book took; in the beginning I was intrigued but felt it was a little slow moving, partially due to so many "technical sci-fi (ish)" terms and the choppy format. Amazing how it could feel so hindering yet unique at the same time. Once the stage was set though, I had a really hard time putting this down. I had no idea how many twists and turns I was in for, and I REALLY had no idea how emotional of a ride this would be. I'm glad I put this one off until I already had Gemina on hand, as I didn't realize these were more of companion novels than a linear series, as time really can't be trusted in these books. All I can say is, if by some miracle you haven't read this yet, stop reading reviews and just pick up the book! Don't let anyone ruin this for you. Also, I now understand the emotions previous readers feel while seeing the new readers status updates along the way... My poor heart is still trying to recover from the whiplash this book gave me. THANKS ALOT GUYS. ORIGINAL THOUGHTS:WHAT DID I JUST READ?!?!?! My feelings are feeling all of the feelies right now, and how dare you leave me hanging like that? JK, I have the next book on my shelf. My words aren't working right now, but this started out as one book and then turned into another? I feel like I've been privileged to these characters most intimate details and it makes me slightly uncomfortable in the best way. I'll think on this and try to write a real review with words and thoughts and things. MIND BLOWN. P.S. Please make this a movie.

  • softlykaz
    2019-05-19 18:21

    not to be ungrateful but I feel like I've just went through 9 different emotions within the last two minutes and at any given moment now, I'm going to explode and become an entire fucking solar system fdjh;jgskanyway, I'm sorry this review is a mess but since I can't even write bad poetry in an attempt to get my feelings outside of myself and until the universe sends me my next favorite person so I can unload all my emotional baggage on them... this hellsite will have to do“The universe owes you nothing, Kady. It has already given you everything, after all. It was here long before you, and it will go on long after you. The only way it will remember you is to do something worth remembrance.”(x)● first of all, I want you guys to know that the only thing that is constant in my life is my love for this series....and my ability to fall back on “sorry just got your text” but anyway● with that being said, I feel like we should collectively admit how scary it is reading this book when you have no skills and no passions and when you want to Do something but mainly, you really just want to lie down… doing nothing● like, I just realized that I’m not really adding anything to the universe or anyone’s individual experience, I’m basically just racking up the water bill● but these kids? they know how to use missiles, fly rockets, hack computers and dezombie giant spaceships while also going through break ups and heartaches and all kind of interpersonal problems ● this is just my humble opinion but y'all are just 17 years old, your life should only revolve around two things: one, single-handedly sabotaging your social and academic life and second, figuring out how to take naps without ‘accidentally’ time travelling to 2025● seriously, I have an unbecoming resentment towards anyone around my age who is doing something productive with their talents, fictional or not, and therefore I feel personally attacked by this book● I mean explain this: it was basically the apocalypse, right? guess how many characters stopped to think, ‘you know what time it is? Time to steal clothes without worrying about the retail workers whose jobs I might be putting in jeopardy or small business owners’ ● ZERO!! which makes me wonder....are you fucking kidding me??● anyway, the moral of this story kids is: if you ever feel hopeless, go outside and lay in the grass and feel the coolness of the dew on your skin and look at the sky and breathe deeply… you are not alone…there’s a pink haired eighteen years old and her artificial intelligence best friend up there fighting a maniac organization that invaded her planet and I guarantee you they are IN DEEPER SHIT● ● ok, the characters● honestly, I love every single one of these characters and I am so sick of my weak disintegrating body I need to become strong enough to lift them, their family and potential pets with one hand and carry them across space......since you know, people tend to die in this book-KADY GRANT:“I am frequently underestimated. I think it's because I'm short.” ● I want to be someone else but kady grant is already taken and I'm not creative enough to become my own person● kady is… how do you say… beautiful strong amazing capable badass powerful gorgeous stunnig effervescent ethereal and an angel like being● like whenever I see a fanart/edit of her, I immediately die for two seconds before she gently floats down and revives me and softly wipes my gay tears while playing the lyre● I just love her so much I wish we could get married so we can use glittery rose gold wax to seal our invites● and honestly I wish I had the sheer will of force to be her because it was amazing how she got through everything she didn’t think she was strong enough for● even though her bravery was bordering on insanity and half the time, I was just like, what is she doing!!! what is she attempting to accomplish!!! what is she coercing from her soul!!! why would she cosign on this spiritual monstrosity!! STOP HER!!!● also, girls with pastel hair make me weak in the knees so I might be biased- EZRA MASON:● alright, here’s the thing: I really can’t choose between wanting to punch him and wanting to cradle him in my arms and protect him from all harm. it’s like trying to decide whether to have pizza or pasta… you never turn down double carbs!!!● I feel like if ezra were a real life person, he’d be tragically undateable to the masses. you would go on a dinner date with him and get drunk and share a spaghetti strand but you would never want to see him again● because he’s like, the kind of person who would say ‘uuh one second has passed’ when you go ‘just give me a sec’ ● you know exactly that type (aka, the type you need to avoid and sacrifice to the aztec gods)● he is kind of annoying but I love him..... and if you think that I will forever look for any excuse, any opportunity to be as inconsistent as possible in all endeavors of my life always, you are most definitely correct- AIDAN:“Am I not merciful?” ● ah yes, the arrogant mass-murdering psychopathic part time tortured poet giant calculator… how I’ve missed it● so arrogant in fact that he would give julius caesar a run for his money● you know julius caesar…the same dude who was kidnapped by the cicilian pirates and when they demanded a ransom of 620 kgs of silver, he got really angry because he thought he was worth more than that and actually made them raise it to 1550 kg??● u-huh● so hey, @scientists who are actively trying to make computers learn human behavior and generally scream in existential horror… this is why you need to Stop● I mean as appealing as it is to have an artificial intelligence software in the form of like, a really smooth orb for company, or even… saaay uploading your consciousness into a computer…that shit is too dangerous to mess with (refer to the ‘mass-murdering’ part)● now back to fiction, AIDAN is the kind of character you love to hate but also…hate that you…lowkey…love them● you know they’re Bad, and even if sometimes that little light escapes the darkness of their heart…they catch it again● meaning: god is he messed up● but you know what? the smell of burnt toast is so good sometimes... guess things are better when charred beyond recognition of their ideals - KADY & AIDAN:“Are you afraid?""Yes.""Energy never stops, remember. It just changes forms.""I am still afraid.” ● lbr, this duo is even more iconic than if dwayne “the rock” johnson was cast as sherlock holmes and vin diesel as watson● they’re like… a fairy queen and a princess who work together to save a magical tree or something● they are such a power couple I cannot wait for them to bring about world peace and destroy the beitech killing squad● I mean, personally, I know I’d have way more self esteem if I had an artificial intelligence for a best friend that's for sure- KADY & EZRA:“She is catalyst.She is chaos.I can see why he loves her.” ● no offense but if my partner doesn’t sacrifice themselves to save me from Zombie Island, do we even need these rings??● I feel like ez and kady are that kind of couple where person A sends healthy relationship memes to person B who makes fun of them for being lame for but secretly saves to their phone● you know... that disgustingly cute couple you cannot stand but also lowkey wanna have what they have??● anyway, romantic love is fake but *lowers my reading glasses* I'm willing to admit I ship them for a million dollars...just saying- JIMMY:'I just want to be me at the end, you know?'● LISTEN● james mcnulty is my favorite everything in this book and NO, this has nothing to do with the fact that I sometimes choose the least popular characters as my favorites because my borderline ass can’t handle the idea of other people liking them as much as I do● it’s like being a proud mother at a school play and cheering every time your kid comes on stage even though they’re playing the part of tree number 4● ok yeah maybe it has a little something to do with it but LISTEN● I love jimmy so much, even the mention of his name feels like someone’s actively scraping out my insides with a melon baller● uuuh…shit…I fear my tears may drown some of the front row again● look. I will literally never Move On and you bet I’m going to be one of those parents that make their kids go to sleep at 6pm so they can drink scotch in the bath and cry about that book they read back in 1984● but you know, they always say to Be Yourself, I guess I came into this world crying and I am never too far from my roots ● also, JIMMY!! DESERVED!! BETTER!!sooo, I take it I'm right in assuming we all agree that re-reading the illuminae files was the best AND worst representation of a GREAT idea. yes? good? okay

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-05-03 18:14

    Re-read on audible and OMG! It has a full cast of characters! What fun!Right from the start this book grabbed me! When I got it in the mail I had to put it aside for a bit until I could get to it. I HAD NO IDEA HOW MUCH I WOULD LOVE THIS BOOK! I picked said book up, took of the plastic over because I thought, "I can't read it with this on!" Then... I just sat there... looking.. I could quit touching and petting the book! Yes, I touch and pet my books.. get over it :) And I opened it and saw how the lay-out was and I thought.."THIS IS GOING TO ROCK!"I mean look at it there on my rug! It's so beautiful! And look at the inside, well one page at least...Obviously you can read on the book that Kady and Ezra were living on a little planet with their parents. Kady had broken up with Ezra and then all hell breaks loose on the planet! The BeiTech Corp starts a war on the planet and everyone is trying to get to the ships to get the hell out of dodge. Kady ends up saving Ezra, but they end up on different ships when they take off. Kady is on the Hypatia and Ezra is on the Alexander. They are being pursued by Bei Tech's ship called Lincoln. I'm not giving out to much information on this book because I think you really need to read it. I will just tell you that a plague breaks out on their other ship called Copernicus and some of this plague gets onto the Alexander. There is also an AI on the Alexander they call Aidan and this AI goes all wackadoo and creates havoc. I loved how the layout is in messages, files and just ahhhhhhhhh... I love it! And there is not tons of action in the book, for those that love ALL action, it's just full of so much coolness. I can't believe how happy I am to have read such an awesome sci-fi, young adult book! *CLAPS*And this is a trilogy!!!! A TRILOGY!!!! Oh, I hope I don't keel over before the next two books come out! I am so excited to see if they are going to get to their destination...which I'm not telling where.. and I want to see what all is going to happen with the people that made it out alive! I love Kady and Ezra! If you like this type of genre just read it.. read it.. read it.. and I hope you love it as much as I do!!!!

  • karen
    2019-05-09 18:16

    holy ████████ what a ████████ fantastically fun book!i have never read anything by these authors before. i was aware of kristoff's books, having put them on channels back when i was doing that sort of thing, and i knew about kaufman, but her books had never called out to me. no disrespect, but i see a cover like this:and my first thought is "not for me." i know my own tastes, and i know that this kind of story is not likely to speak to me. but this book was getting pushed so hard at BEA, i was curious about it, and i'll be honest - i flipped through it and thought, "i can probably read this pretty quickly," so it got pushed to the top of the to-read stack sooner than it may otherwise have. i don't want to give too much away, so all you need to know is that this is primarily an actiony romance that takes place in outer space told through a series of found footage, emails, schematics, internal memos, and other reports, including some pages that look like this:and here's the kicker - i do not like outer space books or romance, and i am wary of ephemera-based books, having been burned too many times before. sure, there are exceptions to all rules (because -phoebe north), but i went into this as an impartial investigator - as a reviewer trying to stay on top of what is popular and what is going to be popular. it did not grab me from the outset. there's a lot of teen-snark and flippancy, kady is SO girlpower competent and tough, ezra's supposedly witty remarks were setting my teeth on edge, and there's such a forced "look at how many women are in positions of power" show, it felt a little pandering. but that's when i was reading it as a reviewer. there was a point where that all changed, and suddenly i was reading it in a more familiar and comfortable role - as an engaged reader; as a fan.and it started kicking my readerly ████████.i never did warm to the star-crossed lovers as characters, but the story itself was incredible. there is just one twist after another, and i am happy to say that i didn't see all of them coming. and one of them completely blew me away (view spoiler)[which, of course, was the one that was later nullified by not actually being true and it broke my heart a little. i thought it was such a bold ballsy move and i LOVED it, so i was incredibly disappointed with the fallback into conventional YA "everything works out!" territory.(hide spoiler)]but those are my only two gripes - not liking the characters and feeling cross at the retraction-of-ballsiness. which sounds like two things major enough to ruin the experience, but not at all, dude. this book is a gripping explosion of fun and deep space carnage, and the bonus of a kind of variation on the zombie novel. plus, AIDAN. oh, and this:am i not mercifulthe publisher's note in the ARC predicts that this will "become the buzz phrase of 2015." and i hope it does. chills, my friends, chills…it's clear just how much fun they had writing this. there are so many little subtle shout-outs to fellow-YA authors and easter eggs in the fine print - it's like being at a slumber party where you stay up all night telling scary stories that are punctuated by nervous giggles and you start getting really silly with lack of sleep and you're laughing but it's all so ████████ horrible.i loved this book, and i am droolingly awaiting part two. be merciful, and bring it to me quick.************************************************************huh. okay. now i understand why you're ballsy enough to plunge into calculated ri$k-territory to mass-produce a hardcover ARC that's nicer and more detailed than most finished books, give thousands of them away at BEA and STILL shell out for the full staircase ad: this book's gonna sell. a lot. it's not a perfect slam dunk, but the things i thought were thumbs-down are likely just my own personal thumbs. i will review this for real soon, but just so you know - very fun, very fast, and very unexpected.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Raeleen Lemay
    2019-05-11 19:35

    My video review is up! have not been having much luck with YA books lately.My main problem with this book was that the format and the nature of the story caused me to feel detached from the characters and everything that happened to them. I never felt anything for them, so I was very unaffected by any "bad things" that happened. I feel like the plot was good, and the format was really cool, but the combination of the two just didn't work for me.

  • Ryan
    2019-05-19 13:25

    Actual final rating: 4.5/5 starsBuddy (re)read with my girls:Jenn, Luna, Em (Kazzexual), Sana, and Mayflower"AM I NOT MERCIFUL?"This book was epic. Epic, I tell you!I'm a huge sci-fi fan. As I've mentioned a hundred times over, that stuff is my shit. (Which is why I have filled this review with completely irrelevant Doctor Who gifs, and only Doctor Who gifs. You're welcome.)I think you know the drill by now: I warn the reader of the sheer multitude of gifs and fangirling coming their way, state more than once that "this is not a review, but more of a mess of my thoughts", et cetera, et cetera.Illuminae had everything I loved: brilliant storytelling, lovable characters, and a chilling, captivating plot."Nothing ceases to exist. Energy does not perish, it merely changes forms. The ones you love, the ones you lose, they still exist as long as the cosmos does."The main reason I bought this book was because of how hyped it was on Booktube, and how fucking glorious the cover is. It's okay to judge a book by it's cover in this case. I was not disappointed. The characters were absolutely hilarious. One second I was stressing over the fate of the Alexander and the next:"Discarded message:Also, my friend here is wondering about the survivors lists becauseASDLKDGFKNDFGJBE MORE SUBTLE KADY LIKE A BRICK WHY DON'T YOU?""McNulty, J, Sgt: and if that worksMcNulty, J, Sgt: u must name ur first kid james in my honourMason, E, LT, 2nd: >_>McNulty, J, Sgt: if it's a daugher u name it jametteMason, E, LT, 2nd: 0_o""It's obvious he's got no ****ing idea what he's about - I mean, 'is in-experienced in matters of computer espionage.' (Shut up, I'm being professional.)"Funnily enough, the writing style I loathed in Firstlife, I adored in Illuminae. It fit much better with the formatting, and didn't seem unnecessarily forced.There were plenty of fantastic characters but my favourite had to be AIDAN. Yeah. The sociopathic artificial intelligence is my favourite character, and I don't know what that says about me. His It's scenes and back-and-forth with Kady was brilliant. AIDAN: "'DURING THE...INCIDENT... AFTERWARD, NONE OF THE MEAT HAD THE PRESCENE OF MIND TO RESTORE THE SYSTEMS DOWN THERE.'Kady: 'The meat? The incident? That's what you're calling them?'AIDAN: 'CALL THEM SOMETHING ELSE IF YOU WISH.'Kady: 'People aren't just ****ing meat. And killing hundreds of them wasn't an incident. It was a massacre.'AIDAN: 'IT WAS ALSO A NECESSITY.'Kady: 'I've heard this song before.'AIDAN: 'I WONDER, THEN, WHY YOU KEEP ASKING ME TO SING IT?'"(view spoiler)[A part of me ships Ezra and Kady, but a part of me ships AIDAN and Kady...It is completely impossible and improbable? Yes. Does that stop a teeny-tiny part of me from shipping it? No.(hide spoiler)]Now, you may be thinking, "Ryan, if you loved this book so much, why'd you give it 4 stars instead of 5?" Here comes the not-so-fangirly part of the review: There was an extreme lack of world building, and I almost lost interest towards the middle. The universe Kaufman and Kristoff created was wonderful - I wanted to know more about it, but sadly, it was never elaborated on to the degree I wished. Criticism aside, I had so much fun reading this book, and I suggest need you read it, too. Illuminae: Now run.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Samantha
    2019-04-27 18:32

    Holy shit. That was a wild ride.

  • Whitney Atkinson
    2019-05-21 16:23

    4.5 stars This book is incredible! Definitely the most unique reading experience i've never had. It felt like you were in a video game, or watching a sci-fi movie. I absolutely love the way it was written and all the cool page designs and the way that the world is established is very immersive and you feel like you're a hacker reading into life on this spaceship. I love how the authors were able to write such a variety of different scenes and voices, for example how the Artificial Intelligence unit of the spaceship having a completely unique and separate tone than that of the sassy main character. I surprisingly really liked the hint of romance that was in this, and more than once I was giggling out loud at scenes where the characters were joking around in chat rooms. The only reason I took off a half star from this book is that because of the POV, I felt like you lost a little bit of the character descriptions and explanation of the plot. It takes a while to really figure out what's happening and in the end I was left slightly confused about what the Illuminae is, and it was hard to visualize a couple of action events due to most of the narrative taking place strictly through dialogue. But overall I highly recommend you pre-order this! I will be buying a finished copy because i'm so excited to see the pages that were incomplete in my advanced copy!!!

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    2019-05-13 20:20

    Wow is all I can really say

  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    2019-05-18 20:26

    my going to.E X P L O D E.Since my brain is still a cacophony of 1's and 0's and !!!!!!'s and fUCK's, I thought I'd walk you through it in gif form:And that about sums up what Illuminae will do to you. Are you ready? Probably not. It's a motherfucking zombie apocalypse in outer space.Do it anyway.Even if the wikipedia-like texts and dossier narrative style turns you off. Especially if they do, because believe me you, I was in that same boat as you and now my mind's been blown in two. Have a blast!Literally.P.S. You may want to brush up on your collection of swear words beforehand, chum. You'll see why.__________________Book Song: Synthetic Epiphany - Rebirth__________________

  • Taneika
    2019-05-14 17:09

    This is one of the most hyped up books EVER so I was actually kinda hesitant to pick it up. BUT WOW. This book was absolutely wonderful. It took me a while to get into the first 100 pages or so, but after that, I absolutely flew threw it.Illuminae (sorry, Illumin-YAY) consists entirely of pictures, diagrams, transcripts of recordings, interviews, instant messages, and the like. IT MADE A 600 PAGE BOOK (which I think very FEW books get away with that length) FEEL SO SHORT. This is the story of a teenage girl named Kady, and a boy named Ezra who, along with the rest of their planet, are forced to flee their home on Kerenza IV when a mega corporation comes along and tries to get their hands on what is being illegally mined on the tiny little planet. This mega corporation, Bei-Tech end up going after the fleets of civilians in order to destroy any evidence of them trying to illegally mine stuff. Okay, so that was a really shitty summary BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER BECAUSE THE CHARACTERS AND THE ATMOSPHERE YOU GET FROM THIS BOOK ARE WHAT MATTERS.I was unsure if I'd like Kady, I mean, the teenager who is SOMEHOW a super genius hacker??? It's a trope I'm tired of seeing and it's barely ever pulled off well. But Kady stands out from the rest, I loved how sarcastic, blunt and flawed she was, she was strong and clever and loving. Her relationship with Ezra, while starting off rocky - because they kinda broke up before their home planet was invaded - was absolutely gorgeous and heart wrenching. Yes, it was super cheesy at parts but I LIKE cheesy, and teenagers (and adults for that matter) ARE CHEESY. I have to say though, my favourite character was the AI - AIDEN. I know AIDEN is a psychopathic COMPUTER but the way this freaking computer interacted with each of the characters and the dialogue between Kady and AIDEN in particular, was so well done. Everything in Illuminae starts off as something relatively small, and then it just grows and grows until it's blows up in your face and you're wondering how you've gone through 400 pages in what feels like an hour. Everything is incredibly atmospheric, I found myself incredibly freaked out in parts and the way this is written and put together in pieces, makes you feel so deeply involved.I don't know why it took me so long to pick this book up, but it was magnificent.For more bookish things from me, check out my Youtube channel:

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    2019-04-30 17:31

    I actually ended up liking this a lot more than I expected!

  • Steph Sinclair
    2019-05-10 19:29

    wow wow wow wow wow wow wow. My brain can't keep up with my emotions!There are very few times when I actually wish I could give a book more than 5 stars. VERY FEW. And yet, this is one of those times. I am blown away. Amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing. Review to come.

  • Melanie
    2019-05-01 18:32

    There is so much hype surrounding this book, but after seeing Gemina make so many of my friends' "Favorite Books Published in 2016" lists, I couldn't ignore this series any longer. I also knew that it was told in a multimedia format, filled with interviews and IM conversations, and that made me a little apprehensive. This book was so unexpectedly addictive.This story starts off in a much further progressed world, in both years and technology, than ours, on a hidden and secluded planet far, far away. Our two main protagonists, Kady and Ezra, have just broken up, and despite the awkwardness they are forced to be in class with one another. That is, until their hidden and secluded planet comes under attack, and they have to rely on each other to reach the evacuation ships. Once safe, they are forced to board different ships, Kady on Hypatia, and Ezra on Alexander, and there is also a third ship in their fleet, Copernicus. These three ships are literally running for their lives and being pursued by an enemy battleship, the Lincoln, but they soon realize that the enemy catching up to them isn't the only thing that is putting them in danger. This story will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat, while you constantly tell yourself "just one more page" until you look at the clock and see it is 3AM. It is action packed, and the format is so easy to read, that these 600 pages will feel like 300 pages. You won't only fall in love with Kady and Ezra, but you will also fall in love with the whole ensemble of side characters. You'll laugh and you'll cry. You'll be surprised and oh so anxious. You will feel like an absolute fool for not reading it sooner. So why did I give this four stars? Because I couldn't help but be constantly reminded of Dead Space. Don't get me wrong, this book is still completely unique in its formatting and execution, but once the very climatic parts on Alexander started happening, I kept picturing myself playing that damn video game franchise. AIDAN was my favorite, hands down. Kudos to both of these very talent authors for making that AI seem so scary, heartbreaking, and real. His points of view made this book for me, and once we got to those points of view, I couldn't stop turning the pages. “THE UNIVERSE OWES YOU NOTHING, KADY. IT HAS ALREADY GIVEN YOU EVERYTHING, AFTER ALL. IT WAS HERE LONG BEFORE YOU, AND IT WILL GO ON LONG AFTER YOU. THE ONLY WAY IT WILL REMEMBER YOU IS IF YOU DO SOMETHING WORTHY OF REMEMBRANCE.”I was also surprised by all the twists and turns. Like, one of them was a little predictable, but the rest honestly did blindside me, especially that ending. How could you not want to immediately pick up Gemina after that ending? I also feel like this book would be pretty universally liked, if you don't mind the format. Like, I would totally recommend this to everyone; Sci-Fi lover or not. My only regret is not reading it sooner, because I was scared of the hype train, but now I have Goodreads and my amazing friends to thank for another beloved book in my collection. Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    2019-05-16 19:29

    THAT. WAS. EPIC.Video Review -

  • Mara
    2019-05-06 18:23

    Epic motherfucker of a book, excuse the language.

    2019-05-10 13:32

    “Am I not merciful?” ^^ This was a real HOLLY-MOTHER-NO-FUCKING-WAY moment. <3AIDAN, Winifred, Byron, James and Dorian were great!! Unfortunately, i DID NOT like Kady, she was a little too overdone. Ezra on the other hand was hilarious, but too cheesy for my taste. "IF I BREATH, I WOULD SIGH. I WOULD SCREAM, I WOULD CRY.___《RESTART COMPLETE》_____________I___________________AM__________AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN AIDAN ..."Oh my fucking god, i'm in love with a computer! I don't get it either, just roll with it.Updates:James and Winifred are my ship. She is so badass, he is so... *sigh*Dorian and Stephenie are kinda cute. "Did you just say "damnation"? God, you even swear in posh. Très sexy." < Lmao!This romance crap between Kady and Ezra isn't working for me. It was fun when she was mad at him, but now it's more like,yeah, okay, really? Don't care. ... more eye rolling ... who's next? WARNING: DO NOT READ IN PUBLIC! Crying my face off! -"Sure, the story kicks off with the deaths of thousands of people, but God forbid there be cussing in it, right?"^^Lmao, i love these two authors already!If you think Six of Crows's black pages are beautiful, you need to see this bitch. Just bought a physical copy (there was only one left) and i just can't stop looking at it, can't even figure out where to start reading. It's epic!

  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    2019-04-27 21:33

    Surveillance footage summary,prepared byAnalyst ID 8759-6294-DNSubject known as 'Mary' is experiencing high levels of emotional distress while reading. Her demeanor is rapidly shifting from joy & mirth to shock & indignation and then back again. Facial expressions accordingly. Thirty minutes ago she slammed the book closed and tossed it away from her with the purest look of terror I have ever witnessed, but now she's back with her nose buried between the pages. Seriously, what the ███ is wrong with this ████? I mean, ahem... Is the subject even enjoying her read? Sometimes it is hard for a poor data analyst to tell...♥ √v^‒√v^√‒√v^√v^√‒√v^√―――――――――――――――Ok enough messing around! Truth is, I really enjoyed this read.While the story was engrossing, it wasn't something I've never seen before. The real champion of this book is the format.I am a lover of Science Fiction. I live for the spacey-wacey stuff. Spaceships & science & technological advancements & humans contemplating their place in the cosmos. Yes please.But never before have a seen a format so unique as this one. To lay out the story in the form of incident reports & analyst summaries & internal chat logs was genius in my book. The illustrations on each page are absolutely stunning. It's difficult to do something new in a time when so much as already been thought of, but Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman achieve a new level of individuality with The Illuminae Files series.It kept my attention locked in place, I was dying to turn each page and know how things would play out. There were a couple times where I feel the creator of a document has a bit more information than they're likely to (such as describing how a character on a camera feed is feeling), but it was mostly necessary to give the characters more depth.The pace was lightning quick & there were moments when I felt genuinely emotional over the twists & turns being thrown at me. A handful of really excellent characters & circumstances made for a very fun read!**Below this point I discuss a couple spoilery things that made this a 4 star read for me instead of a 5. Click at your own risk.**(view spoiler)[The Romance:While individually I enjoy Kady & Ezra as characters, I am not much a fan of their romance. It just feels so unnecessary considering everything else that's happening. They have both lost parents to the situation, the Phobos virus is turning passengers into intelligent kamikaze carriers, the Lincoln is in hot pursuit to destroy all survivors of the Kerenza attack & cover their tracks... and I'm supposed to care about their romance? Well I didn't.I don't know what this thing is with Young Adult books where we can't have a story without a damn romance. Kady & Ezra aren't the worst couple I've ever read, I'm just exhausted with this genre forcing a romance in every single book.I think I would've invested more if Kady & Erza were brother & sister. Maybe their parents are separated, but struggling to rekindle their love with endless miles of space between them. Maybe Ezra is ready to accept their parents getting back together but Kady isn't & that's why they're fighting when the Kerenza attack occurs.JUST ANYTHING BUT ANOTHER CHEESY ROMANCE!The Survival:I'm not at all happy that Ezra & Kady both manage to survive this ordeal, either. If it's not miraculous enough that Ezra wasn't evacuated with his unit & thus was not executed by Syra Boll, it's overkill that the Hypatia reversed its course & located Kady's escape pod in just enough time to prevent the radiation poison from killing her.I'm glad AIDAN survived. His is the only survival story I can get behind, and I think it would've been badass for him to be the one exacting revenge against Ezra's mother & BeiTech Corp. in Kady's stead.The Kady Grant:SO I actually love Kady. I love her sarcasm & her intelligence & her unyielding bravery. I love that if we must have a broken romance, it was her leaving Ezra because he couldn't give her what she needed. She's a great character.My only quip with Kady is that I would've liked a little more on her tech background. Just give me a believable reason she can keep up with Zhang, who's almost 30 and been studying computers for most of his adult life. (hide spoiler)]I'd definitely recommend this for everyone. Even if you're not a fan of Young Adult fiction, this story isn't plagued by many of the flaws of that genre. Even if you're not a fan of Science Fiction, the book is intelligently written without being overly complicated & the pace keeps you on your toes.Super excited for Gemina!This review and other reviews of mine can be found on Book Nest!Long awaited Buddy Read with my lovelies Tweebs, Celeste, and Haifa!!

  • Nat
    2019-04-30 19:12

    I tried picking this up and continuing multiple times, but I just can't do it. I think I'm going to have to put it down for now.The whole Unipedia sections were not working for me, it felt too much like homework?? And I started skipping a lot and then not understanding anything...Maybe (hopefully) I'll pick it up closer to Gemina's release and somehow enjoy it more then?This review and more can be found on my blog.

  • Riley
    2019-05-21 19:08

    This was probably the best book I've read all year! Such an amazing story! I am speechless when it comes to this book

  • Kimi
    2019-05-23 13:17

    "AM I NOT MERCIFUL?" This book, you guys. This.B o o k. I don't think I can come up with a review that could possibly live up to the awesomeness of this book, so I'm just going to give you five reasons why you needthis book in your life:1. The dry humour. This book had me loling every other page, I kid you not. 2. AIDAN. The Artificial Intelligence gone crazy, trust me, you want to see that. 3. The creativity. I'm used to seeing creativity in a book's content but this is the first time I see creativity in the format of the book as well. It is told in such an interesting way, and it's definitely unlike anything I've ever read before. 4. AIDAN. 5. AIDAN. Pre-readingThe people have voted! But more importantly, May has threatened to block me if I didn't read this book so there's that.