Review: GEMINA by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff


Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

SeriesThe Illuminae Files #2
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 659
Release date: October 18th 2016

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.

“The universe itself depends on you.”

Gemina is an incredible addition to my favorite Sci-Fi series! Its unique formatting is back, better than ever, delivering a story that is powerful and utterly captivating. The files take you on a journey through space filled with pain, love, and surprising twists.

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff have done it again! This novel is just as engrossing as its predecessor, maybe even more so. It is also a little bit darker and more intense, as the authors take things to the next level. And what a wonderful story it is, oh my god.

I loved this book so much!!! Just like Illuminae, it totally blew my mind. The unique way this book is formatted makes reading this such an amazing experience. You really do feel like you’re part of the story, slowly uncovering a mystery. It is so so so great, and definitely one of my favorite aspects of this entire series.

There is a lot of action in this installment! This time around it is another jump station that gets invaded, and we read about Hanna and Nik as they try to navigate a ship that is filled with hostiles. Since the book is structured like a case file, the build up to action scenes is even more intense, as the way the story is told differs from point to point. It’s just… it’s so cool!

Hanna and Nik are also really interesting characters. There is a little bit of an enemies-to-lovers thing going on there, and it is lovely to read about them having to overcome their differences to work together. Especially whey their interactions vary from humorous to absolutely murderous. 😀

The novel is also packed with a lot of twists and turns. It is to be expected when reading case files, as we slowly discover the story and what came to pass, but Gemina manages to surprise and delight. The biggest twist near the end is what got me, though, and made this a memorable read.

I couldn’t be happier about this novel. Gemina is an incredible book, and I fell in love with it. Its unique premise and engaging writing deliver a complex and fun story. Science Fiction fans should definitely check this one out!




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