Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Published October 18th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Sci Fi
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.
Welcome to my first review of the year! Yaaasss! I’ve decided to start this bomb ass year with a review from a bomb ass book, so here we go.
Can I just say that Gemina just blew me away. The cover was just beautiful, and the graphics are so damn beautiful. Like Illuminae, Gemina will give you angst, it will keep you on the edge of your seat, it will stress you out so much. It follows the same writing format as Illuminae: a compilation of files, interviews, and chat logs.
It takes place on jump station Heimdall, right after Illuminae. The Heimdall is illustrated as a station situated around an actual wormhole, which is super cool, by the way. The Hypatia has been trying to send messages to the Heimdall about what happened to Kerenza, but a BeiTech mole has been intercepting said message. No one knows except the BeiTech forces that the Hypatia is coming and is in dire need of help, and they plans to stop them by sending a squad to attack the jump station.
We are introduced to a whole different set of characters. There’s Hanna Donnely, the daughter of the station’s captain; Nik Malikov, Hanna’s drug dealer and a member of a criminal syndicate called the House of Knives; Jackson Merrick, Hanna’s boyfriend who reports to her father; Ella Malikova, Nik’s cousin, who happens to be a genius hacker; and Isaac Grant, Kady’s dad I loved the characters here. Nik is a sweetheart with a bad boy image. Hanna is tough, smart, and definitely bad ass. My favourite character though would be Ella, she absolutely cracks me up. Yes, some characters from Illuminae do make an appearance at some point too, so say hello again to Kady, Ezra, and the rest of the Hypatia gang.
Illuminae was super creepy but Gemina took on a whole new level of crazy. Plot twist after plot twist just kept me on the edge the whole time. Not only is there a BeiTech team that invaded Heimdall, but there are also other things that go bump in the night to look out for. It’s fast paced, action packed, and has a helpful chart of the BeiTech team who invaded them (which is also updated whenever they die, lol).
At some point though, we get another plot twist and it got a bit too much on science terms. I mean, it did have a helpful chart and all but I was just:
But it’s all good, it also explains why the title is Gemina and it’s just so amazing, okay. I don’t wanna go into detail cause I don’t wanna ruin the fun for anyone. Gemina ends on the same note as Illuminae which is: one moment you’re screaming cause what the hell, then the next moment you’re still screaming but for an entirely different reason.
My expectations were met and so much more. I absolutely cannot wait on what happens next. Do not miss out on this book. This series. Just go and read it. Go grab a copy, now!
Fun easter eggs I’ve found while reading (tell me if I missed something though!)
- Marie Lu did the illustrations ones found in Hanna’s journal.
- Page 112: I’m not sure if it was intended or not, but I see a line from the musical Hamilton there.
- Page 276: A Rocky Horror Picture Show reference. It’s one word but when you see it, you’ll get it.
- Page 328: More author names in the list of dead people: Kami Garcia, Leigh Bardugo, Veronica Rossi, Victoria Aveyard and Scott Westerfeld among them. Funny enough, Leigh Bardugo’s name was also in the casualty list in Illuminae so did she die twice in this universe? lol.