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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain


Updated: Jul 14, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

"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 a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra — who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again."


Illuminae is the first installment in the sci-fi series The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman.

First of all, audio-visual was definitely the way to go. If I listened to only one or the other I would have been really confused. They are formatted so that it would be hard to consume one way, so by both reading and listening to it, I was able to get the full experience without feeling like I was missing something.

In terms of how I felt about the plot, I did enjoy the story but I was a bit underwhelmed. Going into this I had pretty high expectations which hindered my reading experience. I was also confused by the direction some of the plot points took, mainly when it came to AIDAN's character.

I was going read the rest of the series, but I have heard that Jay Kristoff may be a bit problematic so I am hesitant to pick up his work now.

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