Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)
by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu (Illustrator)
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.
5 of 5 Stars
I put off reading this book for quite a while, for a number of reasons. The biggest being that I was worried it wouldn’t live up to the first book in the series. I absolutely adored that book and loved how different it was. I saw this at the library however and had to grab it, and finally, I’ve read it. Admittedly, I think I still like the first more but I still loved this book. I was more adjusted to the alternative formatting this time so it wasn’t as big of a shock. For me, the story started off a little slow. I remained confused as to what was going on and how this related to anything from the previous story. I pushed on and even though I was still a bit lost, quickly found myself getting completely immersed into the action.
I adored the characters in this story which helped with my disappointment that we didn’t hear much from either Kady or Ezra. Hanna reminded me quite a bit of Kady though she’s definitely her own person. I found myself being skeptical of her on multiple occasions but over and over again she remained an incredibly strong female character. One of my favorite aspects of these stories is the presence of an incredibly strong female lead who has romantic interests but doesn’t allow them to completely take over. I was incredibly thankful that this story avoided the many cliche’s that populate young adult, especially when it comes to romance.
This story is filled with suspense and numerous twists, all of which had me on the edge of my seat, glued to a book for hours. The alternative formatting only served to bring the story to life in a way that a regular book wouldn’t have been able to. I adored Hanna’s journal entries, especially her sketches. I wouldn’t say the ending is a cliffhanger but it’s definetly open ended and leaves you wanting more. I’m looking forward to the third and I believe final book in the series which is due to be released later this year in October.