Hello! I hope you are well! Today I am dishing my thoughts on Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the second book in The Illuminae Files. This may contain spoilers from the previous book, Illuminae.
If you would like to, you can read my review for Illuminae here.
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Number in series: The Illuminae Files #2
Publisher: Allen and Unwin (2016)
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Space Opera
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.
Wow. Just wow. I didn’t think this series could get any more epic, but it did. I freaking love this series! More than I ever thought I would. It’s one of those books/series where the more you think about it and dwell on it, the more the scenes and moments sink in and you realise, you would die for this book. For me anyway.
I was about to start it and I tried to remember what happened in Illuminae but could only remember like two pivotal points, and I stumbled upon Book Series Recaps. Sara and Stacy do recaps to jog your memory of previous books in a series, and it is such a good idea! It’s a complete lifesaver.
I still thoroughly enjoyed the format and layout of the text in Gemina. It’s so unique and just goes so well with the plot. I find it so easy to read as well, it just flows and I breezed through the pages — so much that I was reading like 140 pages a day and that’s pretty good for me, not to toot my own horn or anything, haha!
The whole book is pretty much is over the course of like 36 hours so it is completely action packed and things are always happening. Whereas with, Illuminae (if I remember correctly) it goes over a couple of weeks. I also found that Gemina was so much more packed with the feels and emotions, compared to Illuminae. And the plot twists, oh man, they were so GOOD!
Gemina follows a new set of characters, and I fell in love with these new characters just as hard as I fell for Kady and Ezra. They were so genuine and strong.
I highly recommend this series, it’s just so great. If you love action, a fast-paced plot, with crazy plot twists, read this series. This series is also so great if you’re in a slump or just want to read something completely different!
Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts if you read Gemina or Illuminae!