Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

29236299Gemina. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Young Adult/Science fiction. 2016. 659 pages. 5 stars. [Source: Bought]

“I cannot help but wonder
If the thought of saving all those lives and hopes and dreams
Pales in comparison
To the thought of seeing him again.
I wonder.”

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.

Gemina feels like a companion to Illuminae and the sequel feeling only starts after 400 or so pages. However, it was easier to latch onto than Illuminae! Gemina starts very casual with the exchange between the sweet little daughter of the captain, Hanna, and her drug dealer (who so happens to be pining for her as well), Nik. They tackle very mundane things–parties, drugs, deviating tracking devices so miss princess can have some private time with her boyfriend, etc–and suddenly things take a dark turn when their ship gets ambushed by a group of ‘terrorists’ who are out to clean up the mess left in Illuminae.

As per usual, the files were easy to read. The surveillance summaries remained light and even had a touch of humor, the chat boxes and radio exchanges were easy to follow as well, and Gemina included journal entries that had doodles, diagrams, and even cute little comics! It was a nice touch, really. However, the lack of romance in the book almost hindered me from appreciating it. It was only through sheer willpower upon seeing the good reviews that made me finish it–and boy am I glad that I stuck through the entire thing! Romance doesn’t make the story, but it surely does help in keeping me hooked! Hehe.

Certain key characters also return such as Kady Grant and Ezra Mason, which makes it all the more interesting! Their mission of exposing BeiTech for the scheming company it is is near completion. Complete with their banter and occasional flirting, Kady, Ezra, Nik, Hanna, and crew are ready to fuck shit up take down BeiTech once and for all.

Don’t be intimidated by the vastness of the book. 659 pages is usually a taxing amount to read but due to its illustrations, it’s like reading a 300-page book!

What are your thoughts on Gemina?

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