Gemina Spoiler Free Book Review

Title: Gemina (Book #2)
Series: The Illuminae Files
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Illustrator: Marie Lu
Genre: YA, SciFi
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Format: Hardcopy (Owned)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Synopsis from 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 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.


***please note that this is a review for the 2nd book to a series***

One of my favorites of 2016!!! Just like Illuminae which I read the beginning of the year. Gemina is once again told in a series of documents, IMs, emails, files, etc.
Gemina follows a different set of characters in a different spaceship but still carries the same plot from Illuminae.

Welcome to the future where people now live in Spaceships and there are space pirates, space gangsters, and drug dealers. Yes, drug dealers in space. I had initially asked myself how the hell did these people have access to drugs in space but Ms. Kaufman and Mr. Kristoff obviously answered my question.

“a whole sky of different stars”

Everything was all perfect and dandy. Hanna, daughter of the station captain who lived like royalty worrying about her boyfriend and what she was going to wear for Terra Day. And Nik, the drug dealer, who was just helping his family sell drugs on the spaceship. Till a space pirate came along and shook things up with his crew taking control of Jump Station: Heimdall. BeiTech is here again with their crap, as always.

Once Heimdall is invaded that is when things really start to go down. Then there’s Hypatia, where Kady and Ezra from book 1 are on their way to Heimdall. Man oh man things really start to get good in this book when Hanna and Nik realize that not only do they have to save their own lives, but everyone on Heimdall because they’re all at risk from a universal breakdown a.k.a. dying. But also imagine being stuck on Heimdall where you’re almost dying and this pathetic song is being played over and over and over AND THERE’S NO ESCAPING IT.

I really loved this book and I will not be comparing it to Illuminae because I just loved all of it equally as book 1. This one seriously had me laughing out loud and I love when a book can make me laugh. It also had that “edge of the seat” feel like the first book.

fullsizerender-29Illustrations done by author, Marie Lu.
Writer of the Legend and Young Elites Trilogy.

The characters of this book are unique and authentic within theirselves. Hanna, although the daughter of the station captain can be easily stereotyped as the brat is fantastic, smart, and selfless. Plus she’s a kickass fighter. Nik who is a drug dealer and can also be easily stereotyped had me balling in laughter, he knows exactly what he’s doing and will not stop till everything is safe in Heimdall. We also meet Ella, omg I love her!!! She was definitely the brains and helps Hanna and her cousin Nik throughout the crises.

The plot is full of action, angst, and just “ohmygod what the hell is going on” moments. I loved how the authors add scientific elements to make the story more real in a sense. I mean this is a scifi book but not everyone executes the science greatly. And with everything that is going on in our real world lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if the future composed of us humans living in a spaceship.

The authors talk about theories in which the title “Gemina” comes in and I don’t want to go into full detail because that would be a major spoiler. But again, SCIENCE, THE UNIVERSE, IT’S ALL GOING DOWN. However, I would like to thank the authors for making a fun, action packed, science based novel.

The writing..what can I say? The story is told by different formats but it just WORKS. And the story is delivered with all the interactions in emails, files, IMs, transcripts. You understand everything that is going on with the flow of it all.

Please read Illuminae and then pick up Gemina if you haven’t done so already.

image1-3Credit to myself because I made this lol.

Song that reminds me of Gemina:
High (Young Bombs Remix) by Jesper Jenset (Click here for the YouTube link)


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47 thoughts on “Gemina Spoiler Free Book Review

  1. The whole super spacey scifi thing may not be for me, but I have a feeling this series is quite different and obviously it’s a great read because your love for those books just jumps at me… I should consider it… but I’ll consider it in the future after all the other books I want to get to first! Love this review and your graphic is really neat! You’re like a source of talent! 😀

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  2. Ooo LOVE the clip! So, sooo glad you loved it! I seriously can’t wait to read this but it’s way too costly for me to buy right now, hopefully, I can buy it soon! Nonetheless, great review!

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  3. OMG YASSSSS!!!!!! Fave review hands down & I know we talked about but even I am proud!!!! you created a GORGE aesthetic & you already know that has been my favorite quote in the book & there’s so many to pick from!

    LOL @ “Welcome to the future where people now live in Spaceships and there are space pirates, space gangsters, and drug dealers. Yes, drug dealers in space”

    I remember you texting me asking me but WHERE ARE THEY GETTING THE DRUGS? LMAO! hats off to Ms. Kaufman & Mr. Kristoff because they left no stone unturned & I still have about 50 pgs left myself & LOVE the science they’ve incorporated. EPIC review Gretchen!

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  4. Great review Gretchen. I am so thrilled to see you loved this book and I really enjoyed reading your review for it as well!
    Illuminae was one of my favourite sci-fi books of last year and Gemina is definitely in the running for my favourite sci-fi book of this year. Hanna, Nik and Ella were just beyond amazing characters, I loved how they worked together as well. As much as I agree with you about not comparing Gemina to Illuminae I did love all the little throwbacks to the first book, and seeing glimpses of Kady, Ezra and AIDEN again. Gemina was definitely an edge-of-my-seat book and oh I can’t wait for the third book now! ❤
    Great review! 😀

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    • Yes!!! I completely agree with you. I cannot wait for the third installment with all the characters in ONE ship!!!!!!! Omg omg omg. This book was so freaking good. I’m happy it didn’t have 2nd book syndrome like most books tend to have. Another year though Beth. I’m not ready 😭

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      • I can already tell that the third book is going to be amazing, and probably my favourite of the three as well! 😀
        Oh, I kind of forgot that second book syndrome was even a possibility with this book. I think I was so excited I knew it would be amazing no matter that.
        No neither am I, but at the same time I need it now!

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  5. Awesome review Gretchen!! I love “ohmygod what the hell is going on” moments in my books for sure! XD I haven’t read Illuminae yet but I will next year. And then no doubt, this one afterwards. Dave Grohl Jay Kristoff seems like such a cool guy! And the transcripts thing looks so awesome as well! But you’re saying they could technically also be read as stand alones?

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