This Chick Read: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae takes reading a novel to the next level. It is part book, part graphic novel, and all fun! The story of Kady Grant and Ezra Mason is told through a series of emails, military diaries, memos and narrated videos. It is set in 2575, and starts pretty normally with Kady breaking up with Her boyfriend Ezra. That should have been the most dramatic thing to happen that day, but it wasn’t. Kerenza, the place where they lived, came under attack by Beitech and the battleship Lincoln. By attack I mean missiles, paramilitary troopers, basically Star Wars type stuff!  Kady escapes to the parking lot, runs into Ezra, and together they escape in her car, eventually ending up on two different space ships with the Lincoln still on their tail.

I first listened to the audio book of Illuminae, and I have to say it was one of the best audio books I’ve ever heard. It was produced like a movie with different actors for all of the characters, mood music, sound effects, everything!  It was awesome! I was on Twitter one night (@debkehoe if you want to follow me) when I responded to a generic query about what books have you read lately that @AngelaJames, Editorial Director at Carina Press tweeted out. I gushed about this audio book, Illuminae, and she suggested that I was missing out if I didn’t take a gander at the actual book. That it was an original. Not even a day later I went to my local bookstore and opened a copy. It was so cool! Full of diagrams, artwork, emails, etc. I grabbed a copy, and then also grabbed Gemina, the second in the series-I was almost done listening to it, but I wanted to own both because they were so unique. Just to give you an example, here are a couple pages below.

Drawing (sideways) of battleship Alexander

Computer drawing using letters and words of Kady
The love story of Kady and Ezra, separated by space,  is made even more dramatic by a computer gone haywire. In true 2001 Space Odyssey style, Kady and Ezra have to overcome all odds to be together. This was science fiction teen drama at its best. Gush, gush, gush.

I would recommend both the audiobook and the physical book equally. It would even be great to read along with the audio, stopping occasionally to admire the great drawings. Now that I think about it, I think I will soon! ❤❤❤❤❤

Buy it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo!

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3 thoughts on “This Chick Read: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

  1. I am so glad you liked this book – I haven’t listened to the audio version, but it sounds fantastic! I own a physical copy just as well, and I couldn’t stop staring at it: it’s just such a different reading experience, one I loved from beginning to end 🙂

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