Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

29236299Gemina by  Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Published : 2016
Version Read
 : Hardback
Read More about it here.

4starMoving 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.

Second book of 2017 and it did not disappoint. I never expected it too, but there were a couple things that I didn’t care for in this novel. The first is that it took me sooooo long to read it. I flew through Illuminae and expected to fly through this one too. I’m not sure if it was more story heavy with lots of camera footage than just emails and IM’s but it took me nearly twice as long to read. That’s not the author’s fault and usually a good thing that there was so much packed in.

The only other thing that bugged me was that some of the plot devices used in the fist book were used again here. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but the reuse of them pulled me out of the story a couple times. It’s also what stopped this from being a 5 star read.

Those two things are the only negative things I have to say about this book. The whole story was wonderful and I have to say that I might like Hanna and Nik more than Kady and Ez. Don’t hate me for that. Nik’s backstory seemed to be so much more involved and developed than any of the other characters in the whole series. I love what my roommate would call his “Sass”.

I enjoyed how the book ended and cannot wait to read the last one. I need to know how they made it back to the Core and see how it ends for the crew. Hopefully there will be plenty of Nik, Hanna, Kady and Ez in the last one too. I’d recommend this to everyone who enjoyed the first book or love Space.


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