Book Review | Gemina

Gemina by Amie KaufmanGemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Hardcover, First Edition, 659 pages

Published October 18th 2016

5 stars

████ it … ALL THE STARS
All the ████ing stars in the ████ing ‘verse!



Seriously, this series is a masterpiece of multimedia storytelling and
I LOVED IT!!! ⇐ Understatement of the millennia right there Chum

The Story

This story takes place on the jump station Heimdall directly following the events of Illuminae. Like with Illuminae, the story is told though a series of messages, files, notes, schematics, coding and video footage (shout out to the return of Surveillance Guy)

We have a new cast of characters
Nik Malikov (aka my new husband), Jackson Merrick, and Hanna ████ing Donnelly
as well as some old favorites.

Honestly, I suggest going into Gemina with as little preconceived notions as possible for best results. So, I will refrain from going into too many details on the story.
Just read it!

(Goodreads synopsis possible series spoilers):

“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.”

What I Liked


Because of my positive experience with Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) … I was not worried about the format hindering my connection to the story … and I was not disappointed. The format of this series, while a bit overwhelming at first, does not distract from the story or the characters at all! I found that it enhanced my experience immensely!

Seriously … I am racking my brain trying to come up with a negative thing to say about this book and …. nah …. I got nothin’

Like with Illuminae, I was an emotional, anxious WRECK! I was completely attached to the characters and absolutely immersed in the action. Speaking of action, Gemina gives us a ████ ton of it! ACTION PACKED!

The characters are unique and well developed. Their relationships are real and well formed. And the ACTION! … did I mention all the action?!

< I cried >
< I laughed >
I ████ing died about thirty-seven million times

and I would do it all over again a million more because I am TRASH for this book!


In Conclusion

This series is unlike anything I have ever experienced before chum. It’s a ████ing piece of art and should be in a museum. I ████ you not, this book absolutely slayed every expectation I had.


Other book reviews in the series:

Illumnae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff


8 thoughts on “Book Review | Gemina

  1. Zoe says:

    YES! This series is absolutely amazing and I’m so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did! ❤ I am so excited for the third book. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❤


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