October 12, 2016

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


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

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.

Praise for Illuminae:

A New York Times Bestseller
A PW Bestseller

“Out-of-this-world awesome.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“Stylistically mesmerizing.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred

“An arresting visual experience.” —Booklist, Starred

“A game-changer.” —Shelf Awareness, Starred

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers  on October 18, 2016
Series: The Illuminae Files #2


This title was provided to us by the Publisher/Author. We were in no way compensated for our review(s).

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GabbyNewBy the time I’d finished Illuminae, I was in love. Everything from the world building, to the storyline, to the unique way that Illuminae’s story was told sucked me in. I’ve been dying to read Gemina and when I got my hands on it I pounced at the opportunity to be awed again by Kaufman and Kristoff. Gemina doesn’t disappoint. It takes readers on another thrilling, heart-pounding mystery where you never know what will happen next.

              Taking place right where Illuminae ended off, Gemina continues onboard the space station Heimdall. Protagonists Hanna and Nik live to completely different lives. Hanna is the daughter of the station’s commander and has everything she could ever want from a great guy to a lavish and pampered lifestyle. Nik is the complete opposite. Born into a notorious crime family, Nik lives in the space station’s shadows and it’s only through his family’s operations that he and Hanna’s paths cross. It isn’t until a murderous team of BeiTech operatives invade Heimdall that Hanna and Nik are forced together. Working against BeiTech’s nefarious agenda and trying to rescue the people onboard Heimdall, Hanna and Nick are racing against time before the jump station is wiped out completely.

              I loved Gemina. I’m not surprised by that either. The one thing that I worried about most when I read that we were meeting two entirely new protagonists was that the characters would feel too much like Kady and Ezra. After all, nobody wants to hear the same storyline rehashed with similar faces. Luckily Gemina isn’t that kind of book. Not by a long shot.

              Nik and Hanna are two characters that I absolutely adored while reading. Nik is your typical bad boy with a troubled and mysterious past. But he’s also a bad boy with a troubled and mysterious past in space. He’s cocky and wise-cracking, and the operations of his criminal family are incredibly risky on board a space station like Heimdall and add a level of intrigue to his character. Hanna is your typical good girl who’s treated like a princess. But she’s a good girl who’s treated like a princess in space and she’ll kick your ass any day of the week. Seriously, Hanna is such a badass and like Nik, she’s such a round character. I loved the protagonists of Gemina. They definitely steal the show.

              Gemina can stand apart from Illuminae in a lot of ways. The storylines are completely different, but still progress the overall plot of the series. Gemina’s story kept me on my toes, however some of the previous dangers and threats found in Iluminae are exchanged in Gemina for other things. The one thing I noted right away was that Gemina really delved into the scientific aspects of space travel and opened the door for a very exciting and unique story.

              Like it’s predecessor, Gemina is full of danger. It’s a story that keeps you reading and reading as you try to find out who will live and who will die. The only thing that left me conflicted was how the danger in Gemina didn’t feel as daunting or ominous as the danger in Illuminae. In Illuminae it felt like everything bad that could happen did happen, and I’m not sure I can say the same for the series’ sequel.

              I would recommend The Illuminae Files to readers who are looking for a genuinely good sci-fi. Any readers who are looking for a novel that has elements of romance, action, thrills and even a bit of horror should give it a try. These are, in my opinion, the perfect novels told in a unique way that is refreshing and evocative.


About Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.


About Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy. Part 3, ENDSINGER, is out now. He's also co-author of the upcoming ILLUMINAE (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi... thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015, and NEVERNIGHT, the first part of a new fantasy trilogy kicking off in 2016.

Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13380 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.


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