Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Source: Borrowed

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 megacorporations 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.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
 

In case you didn’t see my rating up there, I’m going to say it here: I did not enjoy this book. I know it’s a well-loved book and this is probably heresy or something, but this book was just not for me, and here’s why.

The characters: Did I care about even one single character? No. They were roles, not characters. We have the Strong Female Protagonist who’s ready to save the world. We have the Charming Love Interest who… doesn’t really have much more of a function than that. We have some Fun Side Characters whose only purpose is to die for shock value.

The plot: I’m sorry, what plot? There are two ships, okay. There’s a very contagious sickness on one of them. Some lovers who’ve been separated after breaking up but they’re still in love? There’s a war, I guess, but it’s not really explained in any kind of detail. I don’t even know what the plot is, really, aside from Kady and Ezra pining over each other for no reason.

The relationship: I’m a romance lover and even I can admit that the romance in this book was entirely unnecessary. If Kady and Ezra love each other so much, why did they break up at the beginning of the book? I couldn’t take them seriously.

The plot twist: I rolled my eyes. It wasn’t one of those “oh wow, that plot twist!!” kind of situations. It was one of those “really? are you actually serious? this is what I waited for??” kind of moments. The big plot twist was some nonsense.

I had really hoped to enjoy Illuminae since so many of my Goodreads friends and fellow bloggers love it, but I just couldn’t get into it. The format is fun, but that’s about all that I can say about this one. I love Jay Kristoff, but I’m not going to be continuing with this series.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten series I’ve been meaning to start

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today is a freebie week, so I thought I’d go with ten series I’ve been meaning to start. I feel like I’m always meaning to do something bookish, whether it’s starting a new book or looking into an author or writing a bunch of reviews (though I have been better about that recently). At some point, when I’m caught up on everything else in my life, I’d love to give these ten series a shot.

✨ Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. I’ve been meaning to start this series for years. Last time I was hanging out with my boyfriend’s much younger cousins, one of them was talking about how much he loves this series and honestly, hearing this eleven-year-old kid talk about how great the books are just made me want to read it even more.
✨ The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. Twitter’s always all abuzz about this series! It’s got mixed reviews from my friends and following on Goodreads, but for better or worse, people are always talking about it.
✨  The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. This is probably heresy or something, but I think I’m the only book blogger alive who’s never read a Maggie Stiefvater book? Everybody is always raving about how awesome her books are, and yet I’ve never taken the time to read them.
✨ The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Even though each book is a 600+ page monstrosity.
✨  Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. This is another series with mixed reviews, but it also sounds amazing, so…
✨ The Archived by Victoria Schwab. Even though the next book is like 50 years away.  (This is the only reason I haven’t read it yet.)
✨  The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater. See above.  I feel so bad. This has been on my TBR since 2012.
✨  The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. I have literally all of the books on my living room bookshelf (boyfriend is a big fan) but the sheer size of them always scares me away!
✨  The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. This is another one that, good or bad, everybody is always talking about.
✨  Replica by Lauren Oliver. I used to love Lauren Oliver’s books, but I haven’t read any in years. I have her Replica series on my library wishlist, so eventually, I’ll get there.

What series have you been meaning to start? Which one do you think I should dive into first?