Review: “Gemina” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

There was no doubt in my mind that I would continue listening to this series via audiobook. It’s absolutely fantastic. I simply adore that there’s a full cast of voice actors along with sound effects and this oddly catchy tune that haunts the characters throughout the entire book, lol.

GeminaTitle: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)
Author(s): Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 18, 2016
Genre: Young adult, sci-fi
Length: 663 pages (hardcover)
Synopsis: (via Goodreads) “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.”

five-starsMy Thoughts

In this second installment of The Illuminae Files, we meet Hanna Donnelly, the 17-year-old daughter of the captain of Jump Station Heimdall, and Nik Malikov, son of a crimelord, recently released from prison. We also meet a long list of other characters, but the only other person I cared about was Ella Malikov, Nik’s 15-year-old wheelchair bound computer genius cousin who really won her way to my heart with her quick and witty quips with Nik.

You know where a book is so good you can’t put it into words? I feel that way about this book. Even though I listened to this as an audiobook, I actually own a physical copy so I followed along. Huge bonus points for having my favorite author, Marie Lu, as the illustrator! I loved her (Hanna’s) drawings. Gemina was filled with twists, turns, and moments that had me going, “What? No way!” As I’ve stated in various other reviews, I’m horrible at predicting outcomes of books so nearly every aspect of this book was a surprise for me.

I still don’t know how to feel about AIDAN though. AIs seriously creep me out, and I’m just not quite convinced that Kady (yes, we come across previous characters!) has a handle on it. However, I do like that it’s getting some sense of humor, lol. Besides that, I actually think I’m rooting for Hanna and Nik more than I was for Kady and Ezra. I definitely liked how, on the surface, Hanna was a diva, interested in fashion, doing dangerous things on the side, but she was also fierce and knows how to kick butt, too! We also see a soft side of Nik, too. Granted, I think he was always a softie but simply couldn’t show it. 😛

I’m all about teens bringing down corrupt operations and governments, so I’m excited for Obsidio, the third and final book in The Illuminae Files (it releases on March 13). This is a series deserving of all the hype, and I don’t say that lightly, especially since I’ve been jaded by a lot of “hyped” books! The authors will also started touring next month for the release of Obsidio and they’re going to be 3.5 hours away from me! BONUS: It’s the weekend of my spring break! I know what I’m doing! *_* (A recap blog post will definitely happen!)

You can purchase Gemina from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository, and IndieBound, or other major booksellers. And just because we’re here, Barnes and Noble has an exclusive edition of Obsidio with a poster inside!

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