It's YA sci-fi and although I am not normally that much into YA I truly enjoyed this book as something completely different. I bought Illuminae because I enjoyed Nevernight by Jay Kristoff so very much and it did not dissapoint! It took me a while to get into the way the book is set up, like a series of files. The files tell you the story, I would expect that to make me feel a distance to the main characters but it doesn't. I don't know how they made it work. It was pretty intense! Combined with some turns I certainly didn't see coming, a fast pace and an AI that says "Am I not merciful?" that makes this a series I will certainly finish. Gemina is bought and ready to go...!
Illuminae is just like everyone has ever told me it would be: a wild epic ride, space ships, a little romance and a hell of a lot of danger. What made Illuminae so special to me was the fact that you only get to know the characters via other people’s observations, diary entries, chat conversations and objective descriptions. And yet, even though you don’t really know the characters, you love them. Kady and Ezra are smart, determined and above all very funny. Seriously, I have laughed so many times while reading this book.
“Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.” The format is definitely unique but it does take a little getting used to. In the beginning, I also listened to the audiobook, but it started bothering me because it took so long! I switched to the physical edition and loved it much more! Still, some parts of the formatting I didn’t enjoy much compared to other parts, but it does look stunning! The art and the design are amazing.
“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.” Overall, despite some minor things I didn’t like, I LOVED IT. Especially the last 100-ish pages. I flew through them! It was terrifyingly real, heartbreakingly sad, hysterically funny, amazingly creative. I would recommend 100%. Read it!