Science fiction (YA) | Young Adult fiction

Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (#2 The Illuminae Files)

26. January 2018


Science Fiction/Young Adult

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 Illuminaecontinues 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.




I have been so excited about this because Illuminae was one of my favorite reads of 2016! When I finally started this book I have to say that I was seriously confused, because I honestly thought that it was going to be continued story about Kady and Ezra, but in reality it’s about different people.

This time it’s about Hanna and Nik, two really cool characters. I immediately liked Nik, his bad boy features attract me, but I did however not really like Hanna at first. I think that what is so extraordinary about these books is the fact that they aren’t written like “normal” books, but more of a visual representation; and it makes it so exciting.

Gemina has a cool plotline, it’s exciting, but I actually find it to be a little too similar to Illuminae.Gemina is about being attacked by humans. Which is the big difference. But I do find the two books a little too similar, which is why I’m kind of worried about Obsidio (the third book). That being said, I do however like Nik’s story, and I liked the theories put into this book. That is, theories about space and time and everything I don’t understand haha.

As mentioned it’s about the fact that I find the two books a little too similar. In addition to that I wasn’t really as surprised when things happened. Like it was too predictable. And that made the book a little flat in dramaturgy for me… I think that the reason why I was so excited about this book was because Illuminae gave me so many surprises and unexpected plot twists that just amazed me. So I was kind of expecting this to be like that as well, and it wasn’t *sad face*.

Nik is as mentioned, my favorite character. He and Ella are such entertaining characters. I like that he has a kind of shady background, that he’s so excited about Hanna (it’s too cute), and I like how he talks about Ella. Ella is just badass, and I love her small part in this book. It’s not often someone with physical difficulties are put in books, and I think I can count on my hand how many people I have read about that sits in a wheelchair.

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