Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 18th 2016
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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 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 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.
If you are a fan of sci-fi, crazy action, plot-twists, bad bad guys, kickass, yet totally lovable heroes/heroines and emotional rollercoasters (the good kind) and you haven’t read the Illuminae Files than you need to fix that ASAP. Gemina is the second book is the story, continuing right were Illuminae left off with two new heroes. On the Jump Station Heimdall, there’s a hostile takeover and Hanna and Nik need figure out how to save everyone on board.
Basically this was me about 90% of the time while reading this.
This was one crazy ride of a story and I’m not just talking about the super amazing unique format. Similar to Illuminae, the story is told through emails, IMs, surveillance reports and amazing cool artwork. The story just kept me on my toes, I was never sure what was going to happen next what with an invading strike team, some terrifying parasites and a lot of unknown WTFs. I spent a lot of time going “WHAAAT. NO…WHAAAT?!?!?!”
I loved Hanna and Nik. Hanna started off as self-absorbed commander’s daughter who I thought was kinda useless. But man, that changed quickly when she proved to be a super badass heroine, taking on the BioTech team in a brilliant way. She showed both her intellectual combat skills and amazing martial arts, too. And Nik. Oh adorable, slightly dorky Nik. He’s the rebel-esque Russian mobster who doesn’t really want to be in the business. I loved that he’s the tough guy but at the same time, still a teenage boy trying to flirt with a girl he’s crushing on. He’s so cheeky.
Hanna and Nik were thrown together to work as a team and they have such awesome chemistry. There’s cute and smart-aleck banter, wicked humour from both sides and oh the emotional connection is lovely. I really liked the romance, thought I did feel it played second fiddle to the amazing action.
Oh and I of course I need to talk about our third hero of the story! The amazing, every feisty and extra sassy Ella! She’s Nik’s cousin and an fantastic hacker that basically keeps Hanna and Nik in line. I just adored her snark and I love how she teases Hanna and Nik! There’s also a host of other characters (mostly the baddy’s from BioTech) and some of the guys we love so much from Illuminae to round out the characters.
Overall, this was such a fun read that had my emotions all over the place. I enjoyed the poignant and wonderful story it told of friendships and of family and I was head of over heels for the space action adventure. It also sets up an amazing finale in the last book and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. My heart and brain was very happy.
Post Script: I’m struggling deciding whether or not to give this 5 stars. Only because apparently I didn’t give Illuminae 5 stars and I think I liked Illuminae just a teeny-tiny bit more. But yeah. Struggles. Either way, both Iluminae and Gemina are fantastic!
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