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.
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.
Library Binding, 608 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Five stars: A compelling and brilliant book that will drag you in and hold you hostage until the stunning conclusion.
Hanna is making the best of her life on a space station at the edge of the galaxy. She is the daughter of the station captain, a bit spoiled but capable. Hanna's world revolves around Jackson, her boyfriend. However, Hanna isn't a complete golden girl, she has been known to dabble with an illicit drug, provided to her by Nik, a member of a crime family. All hell breaks loose when a BeiTech strike team takes over the station, killing the commanding officers and taking the rest hostages. Hanna, thanks to her secret rendezvous with Nik, finds herself free and fighting to take back what is hers. She and Nik become allies, but are they enough to hold off the BeiTech team?
What I Liked:
- Hold onto your butts, folks. Gemina is one heck of a thrill ride. This book sinks its teeth and claws into the reader from the get go, holding you hostage with its twists and turns until the brutal finale. This read has all that you crave: fantastic story line, terrific characters, danger, action, battles, brain eating parasite, as well as some jaw dropping revelations and a stunning conclusion that will leave your head spinning. Do yourself a favor and set aside a chunk of time for this book.
- This is a book that excels with its creative format. The story is delivered in an unconventional method: emails, instant messages, transcripts, classified files and excellent illustrations. Expect the unexpected with this one. If you love imaginative and creative story telling, this is your book.
- Suspense! This plot is thick with it. Just when you think things can't get any worse they do. There is so much action, danger and tension in this one, that you can't stop reading. For the adrenaline junkie, this one has a hostile take over, thrilling fight scenes, a brain eating parasite, wormholes, alternate universes.... to name a few. What more could you ask for?
- Once again, the heroine and hero are two unexpected characters. Hanna, the pampered daughter of the ship captain, proves herself capable time and time again as she single handedly takes on the bad guys. I loved seeing Hanna rise to the occasion time and time again. Nik is a character who surprised me. He has layers and layers, and underneath the tough guy exterior, he has a big heart. I loved him. Ella was another favorite. She doesn't let her limited physical condition hold her back, her mad computer hacking skills are amazing. She is tough as nails and a fighter! Loved these characters!
- There is a bit of romance, subtle and just right. I liked the way it developed, it was enjoyable.
- I was excited to catch up with Kady, Ezra and even Aidan from the first book. Just when you think those two might get a lucky break, they are slapped again in the face with terrifying danger.
- The illustrations in the book provided by the talented Maria Lu are awesome. I loved how they enriched and added depth to the book. This is a book I would highly recommend reading the physical copy. The illustrations are detailed, I don't think they would show up well on an electronic reader.
- I was finally able to catch my breath at the end. Yes, things are settled for now, but I know there is so much more. I can't wait for the third book.
And The Not So Much:
- One minor complaint I had with the book is that even though I read the physical copy, I still had a hard time reading certain pages. Sometimes there were large patches of black covering words, and there were a few times I found it difficult to read. There were also portions where the dialogue was printed on a black background, making it hard to see.
- This is not a book for the faint of heart. It is often violent and brutal, and there are several bloody assassination scenes, not to mention the whole thing with the parasite and the cows...shudders. Be warned that this is a bit gruesome. There is also profanity, even though the authors cover it up with black squares to censor it. This is a book best suited for older teen readers and adults.
- The book ends with a slight cliffhanger. It wasn't a terrible cliffie, but I was left with plenty of unanswered questions.
Gemina was a thrilling and satisfying sequel. No middle book syndrome with this one. Kristoff and Kaufman have set the bar for a top notch scifi series. I can't get enough of this fantastic series with its terrifying stories, thrilling action, romance and more. If you are craving something awesome, this is a must read series.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.