Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

*Warning this post contains spoilers for the first book in the series, Illuminae*

Series: The Illuminae Files, #2

Publication:October 18th 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Description:

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.” 

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. 

My thoughts:
If you read Illuminae and are wondering if Gemina is just amazing I'm here to tell you that it is absolutely fantastic, just like Illuminae I couldn't put it down. It is such an epic story and I'd highly recommend you give it a read if you are a fan of Illuminae.

We are introduced to two new main characters. Firstly there's Hana. When the story starts she came across as super girly to me and I wasn't sure I'd like her as much as Kady but I grew to like her as I got to know her. And boy did she surprise me. Her character arc was fab. Our main male character, Nik, also surprised me. I wasn't expecting his personality to be like it was. He's not as snarky as Ezra but still really fun to read. The side characters were so much fun too, especially Nik's cousin, Ella. And just to let you know, yes the Illuminae characters do pop up here and there!

The plot of Gemina is crazy intense, I couldn't stop reading. It was just so exciting and so much going on, it really is a rollercoaster of a ride. The last half of the story had me on edge the whole time. The ending is mind blowing it left me needing the next book asap!

Just like with Illuminae the unique format of instant messages, surveillance footage, file, emails etc makes the story fly by. I really liked the addition of illustrations by Marie Lu for Hana's journal.

Gemina is much more sci-fi-y than Illuminae. It got a bit confusing towards the end for me and I had to reread a few sections to comprehend what was happening. This is probably because I don't read a lot of sci-fi and the format makes it a bit more difficult to comprehend things like what was going on. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Gemina and for sure will be picking up the next book in the series when it comes out.

My rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Thanks for reading,
A :)

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