Illuminae Files . Illuminae . Gemina . Obsidio


Illuminae is the NYT and internationally bestselling first book in a new trilogy co-authored with Jay Kristoff, and in development for film with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.

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 one of the 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!

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.

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“Ambitious, heartbreaking, and out-of-this-world awesome.” —Kirkus Reviews starred review

“Never have I read a book so wholly unique and utterly captivating. Brace yourself. You’re about to be immersed in a mindscape that you’ll never want to leave.” —Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy

“Nervy chicks, cute fighter pilots, lots of heart, lots of heartbreak, a mentally unstable battleship, and even pink hair! This book is XXXXing awesome!” — Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone

“An edge of your seat thrill ride that left me breathless. Genre: Undefinable. Novel: Unforgettable.” — Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of Unbreakable

“Stunningly creative. Smart, funny, and romantic. This is the book I’ve been waiting for.” — Veronica Rossi, New York Times bestselling author of Under The Never Sky

“You’ll cheer, you’ll gasp, you’ll hang on for all 600 pages. Illuminae is a real feat of fiction.” — Romantic Times gold pick

“…a stylistically mesmerizing tale, where story and art are interchangeable, and words act as pictures.” — Publishers Weekly starred review

“Not only is ILLUMINAE a twisting, heart-pounding story moving at the speed of light, but it is a truly beautiful novel that redefines the form. I have never read anything like it. And it certainly filled the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA shaped hole in my heart.” — Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Red Queen

“This is one of those rare books that will truly keep your heart pounding and the pages turning as you peel back the layers –and you hope that the characters you love survive.” — Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Across The Universe

“An exuberant mix of space opera, romance, zombies, hackers, and political thrills, told with eccentric aplomb. Illuminae is both the weirdest and most heartfelt thing you’ll read this year.” — Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author of Uglies and Zeroes

“A fast-paced, quasi-political sci-fi thriller that is completely unique.” — Booklist starred review

“This Sci-Fi space adventure will be your new YA obsession.” — MTV

“Unforgettable. A game-changer for its genre.” — Shelf Awareness starred review


  • Grand Canyon Reader Award Finalist 2018
  • Finalist: Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis / German Children’s Literature Award 2018
  • 2017 Tayshas Reading List selection
  • Audie Award for Best Multi-Voiced Performance
  • Winner 2016 ABIA Award
  • Book of the Year for Older Children – Judges
  • Winner 2016 ABIA Award
  • Book of the Year for Older Children – People’s Choice
  • Shortlisted for Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
  • Winner Gold Inky Award
  • Honour Book – Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards
  • A Kirkus Best Books of 2015 pick
  • A Booklist Best YA Books of 2015 pick
  • A YALSA Best Fiction of 2016 pick
  • A VOYA’s Perfect Tens of 2015 pick
  • Four starred reviews
  • A Romantic Times Gold Pick
  • An Amazon Best YA Books of 2015 pick
  • A Junior Library Guild selection
  • A Goodreads Choice Awards semi-finalist
  • An io9 Best Books of the Fall pick
  • A Best Books of the Fall and of 2015 pick
  • A Mighty Girl top books of 2015 book
  • A YALSA Top Ten Audiobook pick
  • A Huffington Post Top Ten YA Books of 2015 pick
  • A Sydney Morning Herald best books of the year pick
  • An Apple Books best YA books of the month pick
  • REAL Awards 2020 Shortlist


USA: Knopf/Random House Children’s Books
Australia and New Zealand: Allen & Unwin
Germany: DTV
ANZ: Allen & Unwin
Brail: Novo Conceito
UK: Oneworld
Spain: PRH Spain
Portugal: PRH Portugal
Turkey: Pegasus
France: Casterman
French Canada: AdA
Bulgaria: Egmont Bulgaria
Thailand: Amarin
Italy: Mondadori
Czech Republic: Albatros

Taiwan: Eurasian
Hungary: Konyvmoly
Russia: AST
Denmark: Politiken
Serbia: Urban Reads
Poland: Otwarte
Japan: Hayakawa
Bosnia: BTC
China: Beijing Huaxia
Israel: Modan
Indonesia: Panerbit Haru
Georgia: Palitra L
Croatia: Vorto Palabra
Vietnam: Kim Dong House
Romania: ART GRUP

Illuminae Files . Illuminae . Gemina . Obsidio