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The Illuminae Files Review +Why you should read it!

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*Hello! Welcome to my review of The Illuminae Files. I’m trying my hand at book reviews again. These are some of the trickiest things for me to write because I want to stay objective and basically not gush about the books. We shall see how this goes. πŸ˜†

My spoiler free review of The Illuminae Files. This series is one of the best I've ever read! I'm so glad I stopped being a book snob about sci-fi books.

Before The Illuminae Files

I picked up Illuminae on somewhat of a whim. I had been seeing it EVERYWHERE on Instagram and I was mildly intrigued by it. It was one of those, “I should read that series. Someday I’ll get to it.”, things. So when I saw Illuminae on Book Outlet I decided to grab it and see what all the hype was about. (p.s. Book Outlet is a website where you can get really great deals on brand new books. You’re welcome. 😁)

I can’t remember if I knew it was a sci-fi or not. I have sworn for most of my reading life that I didn’t like sci-fi and I would never read it. The Illuminae Files showed me how much of a book snob I was being. πŸ€“

I had zero expectations for this series. I didn’t think I would like it at all. Imagine my surprise when I couldn’t put it down.


This was the most anxiety-inducing book I have ever read. And I mean that in a good way. I could not put this book down. It’s kind of hard to lose interest in a book that never loses direction or pacing. It starts off with a terrorist attack on a colony out in the middle of nowhere space.

The main character is Kady and I think I want to be her when I grow up. She’s got mad computer hacking skills and she basically saves everyone’s lives. There is heartbreak and the feeling of loss that comes from inexcusable deaths. It’s a story about fighting for what is right and doing the best with what you have. It’s one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read.


Obviously, I had to read the next book in the trilogy almost immediately after Illuminae. This book tells the story of Hanna and Nik. One is the daughter of the commander of a jump station. The other is a convicted felon, who resides on said jump station illegally. When the jump station gets infiltrated by some very bad, bad guys, Hanna has to use all of her training to get out of this mess alive and save as many people as she can. Gemina is about what you do when you feel like you have nothing left to fight for.


First, let me say that Obsidio wrecked me. I cried. I laughed. I internally screamed. I probably snorted a time or two. It was so good I stayed up all night just to finish it. I can’t say a lot without giving away too many spoilers, but this book is the best in the trilogy and I LOVED all of them. This series has made it on to my favorites of all time list. It’s a story about the fight for humanity, survival, and living a life worth dying for.

Why I think you should read the Illuminae Files

If you have considered reading this series and just haven’t done it, please stop considering and read it. It has so much meaning behind it. Even if you are like me and swear you’ll never read a sci-fi book, consider changing your mind. I’m so glad I did. I’m glad I didn’t allow myself to be a book snob when it came to the Illuminae Files. I would have missed out on such a great series.

That’s all from me!

Happy reading,


P.S. Want to know how many books I have on my #unreadshelf? You can see that number here!

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