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Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files, #2)

“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.

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.”

What I thought:

I meant to have this review up last week but life got busy. You all know how it is, right? You’ll forgive me if I throw cookies at you?

This is difficult to review without including spoilers; there are loads of things I want to talk about but I can’t because it would spoil Illuminae for you. My review will be shorter for that reason 🙂

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

One of my favourite things about Gemina was Hanna’s drawings. I can’t draw to save my life, but I love seeing other people’s drawings and Hanna’s were beautiful. They added a very personal touch to the book, and they were lovely to look at to boot! What more can you want? 😀 I especially loved them because the little blood stain in the corner told a little story of its own. Every time we saw a page from her diary, the blood stain got a little bigger and you worry about whose blood it’s going to be.

I’m not sure if it was the characters or their situation (which is just as deadly, by the way – they’re not dancing around in cotton, exactly) or just that Illuminae has slaughtered all my feelings and left no survivors, but Gemina didn’t hurt as much. There was one scene that got to me more than the others, and that’s when Nik told Hanna about his dog Billy. That one hurt. It hurt a lot.

Hurting she might be, but Hanna Donnelly was raised by a man who thought talking military tactics was a fun way to spend daddy-daughter time. And judging by the set of her jaw, she’s ready to change the rules of the game.

I love how this series is slowly building up to the great finale through the little bits outside the files and video footage. You know, the ones at the very beginning and the very end. The ones with–oh, wait. Right. Spoilers.

Damn it 😛

I’m really excited for Obsidio to come out next year. I don’t usually pre-order books but I will pre-order this one, and I will be ready for it when it arrives! This series is a must if you love strong characters and excellent story telling. A love for sci-fi probably helps but the characters are so strong I don’t think it’s necessary – when your favourites keep dying it doesn’t matter where they do it, you hurt either way.


Have you read Gemina? Get some cookies, drop me a comment and let’s get this book club going!

I don’t review books professionally. These reviews are mainly a small summary and my opinion on books I’ve loved, they are not intended to be anything more. All ‘reviews’ include a picture, title and name of author linking to the book’s Goodreads listing, the blurb from the back of the book and my non-professional verdict.

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