geminaTitle: Gemina

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Date Published: 18th October 2016

Rating: 5 stars

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

Review

Last year I read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and was blown away by the format, the epic story-telling and the amazingly relatable characters. The sequel, Gemina has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. Of course, I had my reservations. These are new characters and the I was already very attached to Kady and Ezra, and therefore I wanted to know what was going to happen to them.  Gemina takes place onHeimdall Space station after the events of Illuminae and documents the lives of Hanna and Nik as BeiTech operatives attempt to erase all evidence of everything that happened in Illuminae (trying to avoid spoilers here…) For those of you who haven’t read Illuminae you can check out my review over here. And if you have read Illuminae and you’re having any doubts about the sequel, here are five reasons why you just have to read Gemina:

Interesting, well developed characters

I loved the characters. They were diverse, complex, kickass and relatable. One of my favourite characters was Analyst 7213-0089-DN. This dude’s surveillance footage summaries were filled with snarky and sarcastic comments that were both hilarious and brutal. This was written so well that it is impossible to read these summaries and not get attached to the analyst and not see him as an important character. His voice was so strong and distinct and that is one of the many reasons why I love Gemina. It is not often that you find yourself attached to an objective narrator-type character. Although, my attachment to this character could stem from the fact that I read the novel and listened to the audio book.

The Audiobook is amazing

I’m talking about a full cast, brilliant voice acting, special effects… It was so damn good. I wish I had listened to the audiobook when I read Illuminae.

The journal entries

The art is gorgeous. I love the fact that Hanna is an artist and illustrates all her journal entries.

Mind-blowing science stuff

My mind exploded and splattered everywhere. The plot twist was completely unexpected and EPIC!!!

Ella Malikova

Ella is Nik’s 15-year-old genius hacker cousin. She is one of the strongest, feistiest female characters I have read in a YA novel since Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. That being said she is not your usual kickass heroine, in fact, she isn’t even the main character. She has been left physically weak and disabled by a disease that should have been fatal, but the girl can literally hack anything and still kick some bad-guy butt.

Gemina was my favourite read of 2016 and I cannot wait for the final novel. All we know about it is that it is set on Kerenza. I wonder what colour the cover will be…

If you’ve read Gemina let me know what your thoughts are in the comment section below.

 

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
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