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

29236299Moving 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.

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WOW. Gemina was definitely worth the wait. The really, really long wait haha.

This book was full of amazing surprises, twists and turns. I laughed, I cried, I may have even thrown the book across the room… Okay, I totally did that. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff have written a book that pretty much tore me apart, teased my feels and questioned my very reason to live. No, I am not being over-dramatic.


Leslie Knope perfectly sums up my feelings right now. Again, I am not being over-dramatic.


↠ Plot and Format

The way that Kaufman and Kristoff have decided to write this book amazes me. Illuminae was a wonderful book, especially because it was written through documents, messages, emails, camera footage and more.

Gemina follows in that tradition and it works amazingly. It even has some added some various ways of telling Hanna and Nik’s story. My favourite was definitely the various drawings in Hanna’s diary, which were drawn by the fabulous Marie Lu. This kind of formatting may scare a lot of people — it is definitely outside the realm of young adult novel formatting — but you should definitely give this book a go despite that.

The plot for Gemina develops wonderfully throughout the use of these documents. The story that Kaufman and Kristoff have weaved is incredible, with so many twists and turns throughout the entire story. There were so many times where I was left feeling shocked and even a little angry, but there were still plenty of moments where storylines made me cry and laugh.


↠ Characters

This book focuses primarily on a new set of characters — although, I will mention that we do get to see characters from the last book as well. I loved every single one of these new characters. I don’t want to get into too much detail because I would hate to spoil those who have yet to read the book, so I am going to only mention who I consider to be the three main protagonists.

Hanna is a fantastic protagonist. She could have easily been a stereotype, but Kaufman and Kristoff developed her into such an inspiring, strong and relatable main character. I loved watching her grow. There were so many layers to her character that was slowly revealed throughout the book. This was very much the same with Nik. Now, I may be a little in love with Nik (OKAY I AM VERY MUCH IN LOVE AND HE IS MY FAVOURITE AND OH MY GOD HE IS AMAZING). He was sarcastic and cool and kickass, but he was also compassionate and loving. Like Hanna, Nik could have also easily fallen into the stereotype of the-bad-guy-love-interest. But he didn’t. I found myself rooting for him the entire time.

And I cannot forget Ella. Ella was incredible, and probably the most badass, strong character in the entire book. I really liked how Kaufman and Kristoff allowed her to have such sad moments as well, because it allowed her to become such a well-rounded character. She is a fantastic hacker and absolutely hilarious. Ella was left wheelchair bound after a childhood illness, but that doesn’t stop her from doing anything that she wants or fighting for what she believes in. ONE OF MY FAVOURITE CHARACTERS FOR 2016!


↠ Overall

I honestly believe that Jay Kristoff is a horrible influence on Amie Kaufman, because I am now left feeling like I did when I finished Nevernight. This was an incredible book, even though it continuously broke my heart and threw me through a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

This is one of the best science fiction reads for young adults. Science Fiction is one of my all time favourite genres, and it possesses so many wonderful elements of the science fiction genre. We have spaceships, space stations, alien-like creatures, explosions, computer hackers, and evil corporations. And I’m only naming a few, because I don’t want to spoil you!




16 thoughts on “Review: Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff // WOW.

  1. YAS. This series is great. The one thing I didn’t like about Gemina was the relationship between Nik and Hanna – I was very not convinced by it. However, I LOVED the bad guys and thought they were super entertaining. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this series ends…

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    1. In the beginning, I felt exactly the same way. It felt a little forced, but I really came to enjoy it by the end and actually enjoyed watching their relationship developed more towards the end. And YES. THE BAD GUYS WERE AMAZING! They were definitely one of the most entertaining aspects of the book.
      And I am so excited to see how it ends too. Excited, but so nervous. How are they possibly going to end this series?!

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  2. Aaaaah, I need to get my hands on this book. I absolutely adored Illuminae and am so excited to delve back into that world. I’m glad that we get to see some of the characters from Illuminae, I’d have been very upset if they didn’t make an appearance.
    I’m nervous about this roller-coaster, especially if it ends in a similar manner to Nevernight. I’ll have to brace myself for this ride.

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    I love this book so so so so much. It RUINED ME. I even listened to the audiobook after I finished the physical copy. I am so totally in love with Niklas Malikov. Hanna and Ella were such great characters too. I literally couldn’t deal with all the plot twists and just oh my god. So happy you enjoyed this one too 😀 I’m still struggling to write my review because I just want to scream in caps about how amazing it is, haha.

    Brilliant review, Madeline ♥

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    1. Haha, I am IN LOVE with this comment, Lauren!
      I don’t usually like audiobooks, but I am so interested in listening to the Gemina one. Simply because I just want to experience the amazingness that was this book all over again. SO EXCITED.
      I seriously had to restrain myself from using caps in this review. I didn’t want people think I was screaming at them, but OH MY GOD THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING AND HEARTBREAKING AND WOW. Seriously, wow.
      Looking forward to reading your review! ❤


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