Review: GEMINA by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffGemina by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Also in this series: Illuminae
Published by Random House Children's Books on October 18th 2016
Pages: 672
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Action & Adventure, General, Fantasy, Romance
Also by this author: Illuminae
Hardcover provided by My Wallet (purchased)

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Brace yourself for GEMINA—the highly anticipated sequel to the book critics called “out-of-this-world awesome,”featuring journal illustrations by bestselling author Marie Lu!   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.   Praise for Illuminae:   A New York Times Bestseller A PW Bestseller  “Out-of-this-world awesome.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred  “Stylistically mesmerizing.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred  “An arresting visual experience.” —Booklist, Starred  “A game-changer.” —Shelf Awareness, Starred
From the Hardcover edition.

Yup, this book is pretty amazing. I felt like it was better than Illuminae in some ways. It was one

hell of a ride!

The conspiracy continues in this story. Gemina tells the story of Hanna and Nik on the Jump Station Heimdall. Through detailed script footage, recorded chats, journal entries and AiDen we get a clear story told in an entertaining format. Our main charcters are in the place the Hypathia (from book 1) is headed. Hanna and Nik have an endearing courtship while their home gets invaded by some really bad guys (and girls). Aided by technology I wish was reality, these two become the only thing stopping the bad guys from X-ing out the whole community living on the ship. This story is full of action, suspense, and romance and it happens in space!

I feel like this story flowed even better than Illuminae for some reason. The formatting was something I really enjoyed in this story. Most of this story is told through chats and security footage descriptions. It’s not really a story, this book is a collection of files, but it worked. It was easy to follow Hanna and Nik as they traveled all over their ship trying to take it back. There was a little horrorish feature thrown in this story in the form of mind eating parasites and it made things really tense when the characters had to face off with them. I am not really a fan of parasites, and these creatures sounded so dreadful. They were scary.

I really enjoyed getting to know all the characters in this story. There was such fun banter between Hanna and Nik, and Nik’s cousin Ella. I rooted so hard for Ella. Hanna and Nik both go through a lot of character growth. They share so much with each other that I couldn’t help feeling like I really got to know them both so well.

The only thing I have negative to say about this book is that it felt really similar to Illuminae. That’s good and bad. The formatting and the way the story is told is almost exactly the same. That’s good, but… The badass female with tricks up her sleeve, same. The swoon worthy bad boy, same. The snarky banter between characters, same. The horror aspect, similar. It was just so close to Illuminae, but then the ending sort of tied it all together making it a sequel and not just the same ‘ol story.

There was so much science in this fiction it kinda blew my mind, especially toward the ending. This was a

fucking brilliant sequel. That ending left me wanting more immediately! This is a fun YA science fiction you really need to read to appreciate.

My Rating

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The Illuminae Files

About Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

About Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy. Part 3, ENDSINGER, is out now. He's also co-author of the upcoming ILLUMINAE (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi... thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015, and NEVERNIGHT, the first part of a new fantasy trilogy kicking off in 2016.

Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13380 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.

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