Book Review

REVIEW: Gemina

May 25, 2020
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Gemina The Illuminae Files #2 Young Adult Science Fiction Allen & Unwin Paperback 659 pages

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.

My Thoughts:

I was so excited to finally make room for this book and get to read it as Illuminae was such an exciting and fun read. I really adored AIDAN but then that’s not surprising as I love Phillip K. Dick like inquiries of what is real? How do we count something as living? What happens when machines begin to feel? So at first I was really disappointed in this story Where was my AIDAN and the every annoying but also addictive Kady?

I didn’t really connect with Hanna and Nik at first again I found them annoying, especially Hanna. Yay a spoiled princess who is a wild child because she will never really get punished for it… *yawn!* The fact that she was a military genius and experienced fighter really didn’t change things for me in this aspect.

Then things started to get a bit more interesting. Time got all wobbly and I was SO CONFUSED, yet I couldn’t put the book down. I loved the confusion and the pain and everything. I loved how things worked out and most of all I loved the new depth to AIDAN. In this novel, we have so much more character growth and I really enjoyed that. Also, I really enjoyed Ella a side character restricted to a chair due to disability but also is a tough badass none the less.

At 45% I was seriously considering DNFing the book but I am so glad that I didn’t. The sluggish plot started to pick up and things became much ess like reading the outcome of a RISK game. Now I’m excited to see what this duo achieves in Obsidio.

I gave Gemina:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff was published on 18 October 2016 from Allen & Unwin. You can purchase your own copy at Whitcoulls, Booktopia, Allen & Unwin, or wherever you like to purchase books.

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