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Amie Kaufman

Author of Illuminae

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About the Author

Amie Kaufman graduated with honors degrees in history, literature and law, and a master's degree in conflict resolution. She is a mediator and author of science fiction and fantasy for young adults. She is the co-author of the Starbound Trilogy and The Illuminae Files Trilogy. Illuminae was also show more the winner of the 2015 Aurealis Awards for Best Science Fiction Novel, the 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the year for older children (8 to 14 years), and the 2016 Gold Inky Award. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Amie Kaufman

Illuminae (2015) 3,631 copies
Gemina (2016) 1,698 copies
Aurora Rising (2019) 1,497 copies
These Broken Stars (2013) 1,471 copies
Obsidio (2018) 1,299 copies
Aurora Burning (2020) 736 copies
This Shattered World (2014) 566 copies
Aurora's End (2021) 426 copies
Their Fractured Light (2015) 403 copies
Unearthed (2017) 368 copies
The Other Side of the Sky (2020) 281 copies
Elementals: Ice Wolves (2018) 230 copies
The Isles of the Gods (2023) 121 copies
Undying (2018) 112 copies
This Night So Dark (2014) 101 copies


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20th Century
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Short biography
Amie Kaufman is a New York Times bestselling and internationally bestselling Australian author of science fiction and fantasy for young adults. She is known for the Starbound Trilogy and Unearthed, which she co-authored with Meagan Spooner, for her series, The Illuminae Files, co-authored with Jay Kristoff, and for her solo series, Elementals. Her books have been published in over 35 countries.

Kaufman grew up in both Ireland and Melbourne, Australia. She earned undergraduate degrees, with honours, in law, history and literature. Later, she earned a Master's Degree in conflict resolution, and worked for seven years as a mediator before becoming a full-time author. She is as of May 2018 a PhD candidate in Creative Writing. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and dog.
Literary career

Kaufman's debut, These Broken Stars, was co-authored with Meagan Spooner. The book was a New York Times bestseller and won an Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult novel of the year. The book was also shortlisted for a Golden Inky in the Australian Inky Awards and was named the Huffington Post Best YA Novel of 2013, The series was in development for TV in 2016, with Freeform in the US and Sky UK, with MGM the studio and Eric Balfour and Warren Littlefield producing. The sequel, This Shattered World was a nominee for the Aurealis Award for best science fiction novel.

Kaufman's Illuminae, co-authored with Jay Kristoff, was acquired by Random House in a preempt in 2013. The first book in the series was published in late October 2015. It debuted at #5 on the New York Times Best Seller List Young Adult Hardcover list, and eventually reached the #2 spot. In November 2015, it was announced that Brad Pitt and his production company, Plan B Entertainment, had acquired the film rights to Illuminae. Illuminae was nominated for the 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Award, won the 2015 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction novel, the 2016 Gold Inky Award for best teen fiction, and the 2016 Australian Book Industry Award Book of the Year for Older Children. The sequel Gemina, debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list and won the 2016 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction novel. The third book in the series, Obsidio, debuted at #6 on the New York Times children's series list, as the #1 young adult bestseller in Australia, and as a USA Today bestseller.

Kaufman's next series with Spooner began with Unearthed in January 2018. In June 2017, ahead of the book's publication, it was announced that film rights had been acquired by Columbia Pictures, with Doug Liman as director and producer alongside Cross Creek Productions. Screenwriters were Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth.

Kaufman's first solo series and first series for younger readers, Elementals, began with Ice Wolves in March 2018. The book was a Spring 2018 Indie Next Pick, and earned a starred review from Kirkus.



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JaneLiTBC | 6 other reviews | Nov 29, 2023 |
Fun. Devour. Enthralling. Exciting. Genre changing.

A few of the words I use to describe this book. One doesn't simply read as you consume this book. Its s fast read. I read this in about 6 days, simply reading on my my lunch hour. If you started this .book on a plane ride from NY to LA, you could be finished by the time you land.

It does help if you read the first book, but I don't think it is a requirement. I would suggest you do because like Gemina, is a fast read and the visuals, pictures, illustrations and "email reprints", are so cool to rip through.

This is the perfect summer read.
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BenM2023 | 106 other reviews | Nov 22, 2023 |
One of the most creative and beautifully crafted books I have ever read. An excellent story that engages on a variety of levels - visually, thought provoking and emotional. If you are into sci-fi and thrillers, you'll love this book. Although it is not a typical sci-fi novel, it has numerous elements of the genre in addition to a nod toward 2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Trek.

I HIGHLY suggest that you buy the hardcover (or paperback when available), and NOT an ebook. This work needs to be viewed on paper and not a Kindle or Nook-like screen.

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BenM2023 | 219 other reviews | Nov 22, 2023 |
When Selly's father leaves her high and dry in the port of Kirkpool, she has no intention of riding out the winter on land while he sails to adventure in the north seas. But any plans to follow him are dashed when a handsome stranger with tell-tale magician's marks on his arm boards her ship, presenting her and the crew with a dangerous mission: to cross the Crescent Sea without detection so he can complete a ritual on the sacred Isles of the Gods. What starts as a leisure cruise will lead to acts of treason and sheer terror on the high seas, bringing two countries to the brink of war, two strangers closer than they ever thought possible and stirring two dangerous gods from centuries of slumber...… (more)
rachelprice14 | 3 other reviews | Nov 16, 2023 |



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