Book Reviews

Review: Gemina By Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


Published: October 18th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Source: Local Library

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 608

Series: The Illuminae Files Trilogy

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi

Synopsis: 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.


Spoiler Free Review:

After loving Illuminae, I was eagerly anticipating the sequel. I still am a little disappointed that it’s a companion series and doesn’t follow the same characters in Illuminae. Nonetheless, I still really enjoyed Gemina and I’m really excited to see where it heads next.


The audiobook for this series is a just as good as the book itself. I started off listening to the audiobook, but I stopped listening after a few hours. At the time, I didn’t have the physical copy, so it felt confusing at times. It was pretty hard to listen to and not know what was going on, so I decided to just read it in its physical form. What I would recommend doing is listening and reading at the same time. That way, it’s less confusing and you still have the full experience. 😉


Personally, I find that this series best aspect is the format itself. The mixed media can be confusing at first, but its still very unique and you end up flying through it. The beginning was a little slow, like Illuminae, but once the plot begins, things get crazy. The plot seemed a little generic. The space station, Heimdall  is attacked by BeiTech, there’s a resistance forming trying to warn Hypatia and fight back. But trust me, there’s a lot more to it than that. There’s a really unique aspect that comes into play that I never considered before and it changed the entire perspective. Reading this book is a lot like playing video game without you having the controls and it’s really an amazing experience.

The two main characters are Hanna and Nik and I didn’t like the two as much as Kady and Ezra. I felt like Kady and Ezra’s dynamic was a lot more entertaining to read from and there was more of a connection. Nik and Hanna were okay characters, the text message banter is always fun to read. Though my favorite character would have to be Ella. She’s Nik’s cousin and reminded me of Pidge from Voltron: Legendary Defender (Watch on Netflix!). She was intelligent, hilarious, a troll like yours truly, but also had disability and was on a wheelchair. What I loved is that her being on a wheelchair didn’t prevent her from helping and she contributed a lot to their success.

Overall, I thought Gemina was a solid sequel. The format was still brilliant done and the plot was even better than the first book. I didn’t like it as much as llluminae,but it was still a close second. I would highly recommend this series, especially if you’re looking to get into more sci-fi books. 

Rating: 3.95/5


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