Book Review, YA

Review: Gemina


★★★★★/ 5

Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Genre:  YA, Science Fiction
Buy Links: Amazon , Book Depositry
MVP: Ella Malikov
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 saga that began with Illuminae continues on board the space station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter, Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while they 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 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 may 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.

Briefing Note: Told through a compelling dossier of found documents—and featuring guest journal illustrations by bestselling author Marie Lu—Gemina hurls readers into an enthralling new episode that will leave them breathless.


“Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance.”

Gemina is a glorious sequel to Illuminae, so much so that I’m sitting here having just finished all 659 pages, and I’m grinning like an idiot. There was so much action, so many feels, and so many twists and surprises. I was a little wary at first, as it took about 30 odd pages before I became comfortable with a new set of characters and love interests, but once I did I fell head over heels in love with Gemina and have adopted Hanna and Nik as my new OTP.  If asked to choose between the two books I honestly couldn’t pick a favourite – both are written so well that it’s impossible to pick one.

The second novel in the Illuminae Files trilogy  also managed to introduced two lovely new fears to my subconscious. While Illuminae scared me with space zombies, Gemina successfully made my skin crawl with space leeches. To give much more away about the books plot would be a disservice to you all, but needless to say there is more than just slimy creatures to contend with in this fantastic book. With over 30 new characters to meet and love (or loathe), there is barely a moment to spare to wonder how the characters from the last book were doing, yet somehow Kaufman & Kristoff manage to find the time to remind us of those that came before and leave us begging for more.

Gemina is designed flawlessly, with exciting multimedia excerpts, and now includes portions of the character Hanna’s journal entries/drawings. I’ve also heard from friends that the audio book is equally as exciting to listen to, and is a must for a true fan of the series. Meanwhile I am left once again with the task of shoving this sequel into the faces of friends and relatives (and one good natured post office delivery driver) and am now pondering the fates of these new characters in the next book. I’m also wondering what colour the next installment would be and quite honestly hope there is more following this series, as I just love it so darn much!

If you love action/adventure, space, a good old love triangle, creepy crawlies and science you will love Gemina as much as I do. If I could have given it more than five stars I would have. 😀



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