by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Published by: Random House
Genres: Science Fiction
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The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.” 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.
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is the second book in the riveting Illuminae Files. This young adult science fiction thriller takes us into deep space as it delivers non-stop action.
Espresso review: Gemina delivered in multiple formats with kick-ass characters, it fed my inner nerd and gave me one hell of a ride.
Illuminae introduced us to Kady and Ezra when BeiTech attacked their plant. They managed to escape but end up on a ship with a mutant virus. It was brilliant with nonstop action and characters you couldn’t help but root for. Gemina isn’t about them instead the authors take us on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.
The tale begins in the middle of a UTA Tribunal against BeiTech Industries in the form of transcripts. They are entering in documents that pertain to the alleged attack on Jump Station Heimdall. Grab supplies and get comfy because you aren’t going to want to set this down.
Gemina unfolds using different formats, some are instant messages between people on the ship, others are emails and some are documentation or footage of events that transpired. As we move through these formats, we begin to learn about the ship and characters on board. We meet Hanna Donnelly, the ship commander’s daughter, her boyfriend Jackson Merrick an Orientation Officer, and Nicholas “Nik” Malikov, an unregistered civilian along with his cousin Ella.
The characters are well-developed and I easily connected with Hanna, Nik and Ella. We also get to spend time with the BeiTech team leader and a few key soldiers allowing us to grasp their mission and ruthlessness. Their leader and Hanna play a game of cat and mouse that was addictive to witness. We do engage with some key characters from Illuminae thrilling me.
Hannah is busy with important things like getting party drugs for Terra Day and a new outfit to knock the socks off Jackson but danger is coming. It will come from within the ship and with the arrival of unexpected guests.
When an élite BeiTech team strikes the ship, Nik and Hanna are thrown together to defend it. Meanwhile, Hypatia is headed towards the Heimdall, with news of the Kerenza invasion. All of this is playing into BioTech’s hands. Thankfully, for us, Hanna is not just a pretty face. She may appear to be a spoiled, self-absorbed teen but she is her Daddy’s daughter.Game on!
If you read Illuminae and thought the virus Kady dealt with was scary, wait until you see what is lurking in the cold sublevels of the Heimdall. OMG…I shiver just thinking about it, and the back-story about why they are there is fabulous. And nope, I was not at all surprised to learn that years from now humankind is still stupid.
Prepare to get your geek on. Doctor Who fans will squeal when you hear the lines space-time continuum. (Squee) While, Hanna and the gang are trying to take back the ship, BeiTech is opening a wormhole as part of their mission. Only there is a malfunction. This thread was brilliant, geeky enough to make you drool, but not so high-tech that others cannot hack it.
Kaufman and Kristoff took these threads and twisted them together creating intense action scenes, mind-blowing twists, carnage and more all while allowing us to connect to these characters. We witness friendships deepen, see those we trust betray us and witness the birth of romances. At its heart, this is a science fiction thriller, but the characters give it heart and a little swoon.
Gemina was brilliant, clever and full of unexpected twists and surprises. The next book, which is yet to be titled, takes place on the planet Kerenza and will release in 2017.
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