Review: Gemina (Illuminae #2)

Review: Gemina (Illuminae #2)Gemina by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Also in this series: Illuminae
Illustrated by: Marie Lu
Released by Knopf Books on 18 October 2016
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 659
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780553499155
Source: Purchased

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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 saga that began with Illuminae continues on board the space station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s 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 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 may 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.

Last year, I read a small book called Illuminae and fell head-over-heels in love with it. This year, its sequel was released, and I was looking forward to it so much! Gemina was released on the 18th, and while I didn’t start reading it immediately (I had to finish another book first before I was allowed to start) I do believe I finished it within almost a day.

Gemina has a new set of main characters, Hanna Donnely and Nik Malikov, and takes place on the jump station Heimdall. We follow Hanna and Nik as Heimdall gets invaded by a BeiTech team – who are determined to make sure the survivors from the previous book never make it to the jump station. The two must – reluctantly – work together to try and stay out of the hands of the team, and they must also try to not get killed by the alien predators that are roaming the station. Oh, and they have to stop the wormhole from collapsing and possibly destroying everything in its vicinity. No big deal.

Honestly, I have to say nothing will beat the amazingness that is Illuminae, but Gemina was an amazing sequel and I love it almost just as much. The format of these books is just great, and I never thought I could love a book written like this. The instant messages, the security footage, emails, fragments from Hanna’s journal, and artwork by Marie Lu (author of the Legend series); all of it was amazing.

I have to admit, that I found this book a little bit predictable, but that honestly took nothing away from the story. I still found it really thrilling and exciting, and I still gave it five stars, but some of the things that happened I had already anticipated, and my reaction to them wasn’t as genuine as it should have been I think. View Spoiler » But there were still enough surprises in this book to keep me excited!

Characterwise, this book was great; I loved Hanna and Nik – though not as much as Kady and Ezra – and my favourite of the story has got to be Ella Malikova, Nik’s cousin View Spoiler » and I have to admit, I also ‘liked’ the determination of the BeiTech team, even if I hated them to the core. Of course, the survivors from the previous book were in this one as well, though they didn’t have big roles, but I loved seeing those characters that I knew really well. I know that all the surviving characters from this book will also make an appearance in the third and final book – which will also feature a new set of main characters and will (according to Goodreads) take place on the planet Kerenza.

So yes, Gemina was a worthy sequel to Illuminae, and I enjoyed every goddamn second of it. If you haven’t read either of these books, I suggest you get your hands on them and do it now! Especially if you love Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars – you name it, spacey-wacey stuff. I do believe the kindle edition of Illuminae is now only $1,99, and you can get the audiobook (which I highly recommend) for free with an Audible free trial! So go ahead, read these books and CRY WITH ME!

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