I just finished Gemina and I wanted to write up my review. This has not been a very productive reading year for me so far, but I plan to change that!
*This will be a spoiler free review, BUT if you haven’t read Illuminae yet, I highly advise reading that before reading this review, just in case I unintentionally spoil something from the first book.*
The Illuminae Files #2
Published: October 18, 2016
Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
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.
So, I’m normally a bit pessimistic when it comes to second books in triologies when the first book blows my fricken mind (Illuminae blew me away, read my review here.) I feel like, sometimes second books fall pray to being bridge books for the first and last, and never really have a strong plot or likable characters. This isn’t the case with Gemina.
The layout of this book is similar to Illuminae. It’s written as a collection of emails, chat logs, security footage, etc. It’s so unique and visually appealing, and it provides a really interesting reading experience on its own. I listened to the audiobook while reading along, and I really recommend you do too. The audiobooks for Illuminae and Gemina were so well done – sound effects, unique voices for each character, and so much more. I was really immersed while reading, and it was easy to feel like I was there.
Gemina has two new main characters, Hanna and Nik. At first, it was a bit difficult to warm up to them because I loved Kady and Ezra from Illuminae so much. Once I gave them a shot, I loved Hanna and Nik. Their relationship was much different than Kady and Ezra’s and I loved their dynamic together. Hanna and Nik are both very wity and smart, and I love when two people start off annoyed with each other and build their relationship up to something so meaningful.
Without spoil anything, Aiden is my favorite character so far.
The dialogue in this book is really interesting and it feels real. The characters use a lot of abriveations and “text speech” because they are normally communicating through chat systems. It’s not difficult to understand, it’s just really awesome world building.
I loved the concept and science behind this plot because it seemed to make sense. While some of the lingo seemed over my head, in the end, I understood exactly what was going on and it seemed plausible. Sometimes, sci-fi can feel a bit stretched, but this just didn’t.
This book is full of twists and turns, and just when you think you have it figured out, Gemina blows your mind again.
I love Gemina as much, if not more than, Illuminae. I can’t believe I let it sit on my shelf as long as I did. The third book, Obsidio, is already out and I’m probably starting that as soon as I post this blog. 😊
Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance.
What did you think of Gemina? Let me know in the comments.