REVIEW | Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman


“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.

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. (x)”

Gemina By: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Published: October 18, 2016 (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Pages: 663
Started Reading: August 12, 2017
Finished Reading: August 15, 2017
GenreYoung Adult, Sci-Fi

What Wren Reads (5)


What Wren Reads (4)

All I’m thinking right now is WOW. This is not only an incredible sequel to Illuminae, but an amazing book overall. This series is definitely in my top 3 YA series of all time now. Every page leaves me wanting more and more, clearly, as this book is over 600 pages long and it only took me 2 sittings to finish it.

First of all, the tension in Gemina is even higher than in Illuminae. (I didn’t even think that would be possible!) Every twist and turn was unexpected and very intense.

I really loved the idea to switch to 2 different characters. Hanna and Nik were great characters and just as enjoyable to read as Kady and Ezra were. The characters are definitely one of the best aspects of Illuminae and Gemina. The development of each character and the interaction between them all is always so well written. Without the characters being as well written and well rounded as they are, Gemina (and Illuminae) would fall short, they are definitely a huge driving factor of the plot. The romance is not as focused on as it was in Illuminae, but their connection grew on me. It’s a pretty classic example of the enemies-to-lovers trope, but because the writing was so great, it didn’t come off as cheesy (except for when that was the intention, as Nik often acted vert over the top cheesy) Another character I loved: Ella. Her sass was just amazing. Everything she said had me laughing so hard. I lived for all her hilarious remarks about Nik, especially when she kept changing his username. Lastly, a special shout out to the incredibly funny addition of the Lollipop song throughout the book. Every time it started randomly playing I was in stitches. It was one of my favourite parts of the book.

Once again, the format is creative and incredible. With the addition of journal type pages that weren’t seen in Illuminae, It would be hard to get bored of the format of Gemina. I never had issues with the readability of the pages in the novel either, something I worried about before starting.

And finally, the action is just incredible. I was on the edge of my seat in a lot of the bits. It had similarities to Illuminae, but remained fresh with new twists and different space aspects that affected the conflicts. The ‘twist’ was full of action and a lot of fun, very interesting, and yet very stressful.

Kaufman and Kristoff continue to write such a compelling storyline. I cannot wait for Obsidio. 


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