Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review

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Published: October 18, 2016

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Series: The Illuminae Files #2

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Pages: 663 (Hardcover)

My Rating: 5.0/5.0


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.

I loved Illuminae and as soon as I finished it I downloaded the Gemina audiobook. Totally binged this series with absolutely zero regrets. The best part is, each book is different enough and introduces new characters, so the events didn’t blur into one big brain blob. I can do a proper review instead of struggling to remember if the big, climactic event happened in Book 1 or Book 2.

Gemina introduces us to an entirely new cast of characters who are on Jump Station Heimdall. While our friends are aboard the Hypatia running for their lives, folks on Heimdall are getting ready to celebrate Terra Day… until a unit of BeiTech “auditors” show up to clean up loose ends. They’ve been assigned to destroy the wormhole and eliminate all witnesses. What they don’t expect is that Hanna Donnelly, daughter of the station commander, is quite the tactician and is tough as nails. Her drug dealer, Nik Malikov, is working with her to take them down because quite frankly, he doesn’t want to die either. He’s also madly in love with her, so that doesn’t hurt his motivation either. On top of this, there are horrifying, drug secreting alien wormy things that bore into your brain on the loose as well. 

The action and tension is non-stop in this book and somehow I loved it just as much (maybe more!) than Illuminae. Hanna doesn’t come off as a likable character at first and seems to be a self-indulgent bimbo until the action starts. She quickly became one of my favorite female characters. She’s tough, but not perfect, shows believable emotion, and is overall just pretty amazing. Nik is a member of the House of Knives, a notorious criminal family spread across numerous stations and planets. He’s a criminal, but darn is he secretly a bit of a softy and a goof. LOVED HIM. His cousin Ella Malikova is a hacker extraordinaire, and her freedom to move through any computer system sort of makes up for her inability to move much in real life. Her sass is legendary and she’s yet another awesomely written character. 

This book was just amazing. The narration is on point and the multiple voice actors really brings this to life. These audiobooks are not to be missed, though I hear the print version is quite something as well. I’ve already finished Obsidio, which (SPOILER) I loved just as much as the first two book! Another gushing review will be up soon!

4 thoughts on “Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review

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  1. I find it amusing that you enjoy a whole new cast of characters and consider it a strong point. I know I’d be pulling my hair out trying to figure out who all these new folks are 😀

    For some reason, even though I’ve seen lots of reviews of this series (one of the dangers of following people who Netgalley a lot), it just hadn’t sunk in that this was SF. I guess I got fixated on the YA part and assumed it was some sort of urban/fantasy/whatever thing 😀

    Glad you’ve got ANOTHER positive review coming up. It is always so nice to write about books we like…

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    1. I get a little frustrated with some series that switch characters up between books (Malazan comes to mind) but this one just worked well for me! It helped that the characters from the previous book were still around and a convergence was impending.

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