Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)Title: Gemina (Illuminae Files #2)
Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu (Illustrator)
Genre: YA Fiction, Sci-fi
Publisher: Knopf Books
Date published: October 18th 2016
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 659

Rating: 5/5

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.


Gemina is all of Illuminae plus more action, suspense, and fast-paced plot. As the second book of the series, Gemina continues from the end of the first book, but instead focuses on Heimdall, the station that Hypatia is racing toward to escape Lincoln, the BeiTech enemy fleet. Except, BeiTech is doing everything possible to cover up their mistake; and currently Heimdall is in their way.

When Bei Tech auditors overtake the space station; Hanna and Nik are left to fend for themselves as the terrorists try to capture them. Not only that, a breed of alien predators break loose in the station and begin to attack and feed off the civilians. Also, not to mention the very unstable wormhole that may be result in the end of humanity. It’s complicated. But no pressure, right?

Gemina mostly focuses on our new two characters; Hanna Donnelly and Niklas Makilov (let me say, I shipped them with all my heart from the very start). But never fear; the crew on Hypatia eventually makes an appearance in the book.

Like AIDAN. Yo I fucking love AIDAN. Who doesn’t love a AI, albeit sociopathic, who’s witty and humourous without even trying? You don’t even understand how hyped I was when I saw AIDAN appear again on the console monitor. Legit. Fangirling.

If you can’t tell already, I really really really liked this book. Hanna and Nik had such great chemistry and I just loved the dynamic of everything. I was constantly holding my breath, weirded out by random shit, and screaming on an emotional rollercoaster, but it was soo goood.

The book was very plot-driven but in a good way. Whereas in Illuminae I was somewhat confused about what was going on, Gemina had a much clearer plot. Illuminae sets the scene and its characters; Gemina further fleshes them out. It was filled with action and some pretty badass fight scenes. And the complexity in the latter half of the book was amazingly well done. There were science theories thrown around that caved way for ingenious plot twists; it was just amazing how everything pieced together perfectly in the end. Now this is what I call sci-fi.

Again, like Illuminae, the formatting of the book was genius; Kaufman and Kristoff seemed to take more liberties this time at being more creative with the format (AIDAN’s commentaries on video transcripts, the mirroring narrative placed side by side, etc). I loved it. Also, Marie Lu is so so talented at drawing, they gave me a better idea of how the characters looked like and were a really interesting medium to read through.

The ending was abrupt, as if you’re expecting to find some more audio clips or files when you flip the page, but there are none left. It leaves you hanging, wanting more. I LOVED IT.


I’m so excited to pick up the next book. Characters from Illuminae AND the ones from Gemina? That’s going to be one hell of a badass team.

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