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

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Review: Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) by Aime Kaufman and Jay KristoffGemina
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Author: Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
Pages: 659 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Knopf
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Source: Borrowed
Purchase: AmazonTBD (affiliate link)

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 saga that began with Illuminae continues on board the space station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s 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 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 may 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.

4 Stars

This series is slowly killing my dream of space travel. Gemina jumps us from following Kady on the Hypatia to meeting Hanna and Nik on the Heimdall waystation. Hanna is the commander’s daughter, and Nik is part of a notorious crime family and her drug dealer. And it’s probably their latest drug deal which saves their lives and allows them to save the others on the station. Of course, BieTech has to take out everyone who knows about their operation, which means taking out Heimdall since the Hypatia is on its way there. But things are not as they seem on the isolated station.

Gemina was a wild ride! It’s once again formatted as a dossier full of IM logs, video transcripts, pages from Hanna’s journal, and various other necessary documents. This is such a fun and engaging way to read the story. It’s like being right there in the action, which was actually kind of scary at times. Illuminae had a rapidly mutating virus, and this time we get a rapidly growing alien species with one thing on it’s mind: feed! I loved how this creature came to be on the space station, and I honestly didn’t expect it to take the turn that it did. But then again, there’s a lot of clever coincidences happening here.

I did get a bit of a brainsplotion near the end of Gemina. WTF is going on?! How is this happening?! I love what is happening?! Explain! Even though the entire thing is set in space, it takes a very super Science Fiction turn which had me furiously flipping pages! How in the universe did that happen!? Did they really fix it?! What was that ending?!

Gemina does end on a cliffhanger! I want to know what they did?! Is everyone okay?! Who is everyone!? Is BeiTech getting what’s coming to them?!


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2 responses to “Review: Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

    • Angie

      When I got to the end and realized that it was the end, I was like “But where’s the next book?!?!” I need it!

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