Gemina – 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.


My Rating: 4 Stars

Oh, this book. Seriously, I felt like a masochist for reading this. I KNOW the havoc these two authors can wreak upon my emotions, and I just keep coming back for more! I can’t help myself, I’m like a sugar addict, just looking for one more piece of cake.

The first book in this series, Illuminae, completely blew me away. I honestly never picked it up before last week because I didn’t think I’d like it. A book written like a dossier? Not really my jam. But Oh My Lanta – it was such an incredible read.

Because I loved the first one so much, I had incredibly high expectations for the sequel. For the most part, it really didn’t disappoint. The plot was just as fast paced, the characters even more lovable, in my opinion, and the format of the book (which has grown on me) was the same. There were just a few things I didn’t absolutely love.

The plot of Gemina seemed to have the same basic outline as the plot from Illuminae. The same baddies were back (blood thirsty as ever), there was some sort of external disease/alien creature that attacked the crew, and while I can’t elaborate without divulging spoilers, there were aspects of the romance that were similar as well.

There was a new twist in the plot, and the characters were of course different, but some of the elements were just too close for comfort. That being said, I actually connected more with most of the characters in this book. I loved Ella, Nik’s cousin, and I adored Nik himself. He was a really fun character and I loved the depth added by his history. Hannah was a decent character, and a total badass, but I didn’t connect with her the way I connected with Kady in book one.

My final frustration with this particular book was that there just wasn’t enough AIDAN! AIDAN was one of my favorite parts of Illuminae and he was greatly missed throughout most of Gemina.

My Takeaway: Overall it was still a great read. The entire concept of the series is so unique that it really sucks you in and keeps you engaged. With Obsidian coming out in March, I may just have to re-read this series in the new year. 

**It is a violence filled and gory book. I loved it, but not all will**

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