Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 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.
As I said previously in my review of Illuminae, science fiction is not something I usually reach for, but The Illuminae Files defy all my pre-conseeved notions of this genre. Gemina starts much like the its predecessor and follows a new duo of characters as they struggle to survive in the midst of a full-scale attack. Told through a series of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, it mirrors the first book in both style and on-the-edge-of-your-seat plot. After finishing the large young adult novel last night, I’ve found myself thrust on an adventure I can’t imagine ever being free from. It blew me away and exceeded my expectations that stemmed from my experience with the first book.
Since this book takes place after the events in Illuminae, I knew it wouldn’t be long before absolute mayhem ensued. This helped me delve into the world far quicker than I did in the first book. I found that the plot picked up quicker, hit harder, and moved me far more easily than they did when I first started the series. My greatest worry with this type of format is being unable to connect with the characters, but that was not the case whatsoever with Gemina. I loved every second with these characters and found myself reading long into the night to find out what would happen to them.
“I cannot help but wonder
If his desire to see this place ripped to pieces
Pales in comparison
To his desire to see her again”
Nik was a particularly complex character. For a young adult novel, I thought he was extremely likable as a love interest and had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. He was so incredibly passionate, hilarious, wild, and sensitive. Hanna, our female heroine, was also a fantastic character. She was sassy, spunky, fierce, and unafraid of anything. I love seeing strong female characters who still can be compassionate while the world as they know it is crashing down around them. For those who miss Kady and Ezra from the first book—don’t worry, they make an appearance as well.
Gemina was an exhausting read, in the best way. I found myself clutching my book closer and closer to my body as the end drew near. Now that it’s over, I’m itching for the release of the final book in this heart-stopping trilogy. Full of wormholes, theoretical science, and crazy twists, it’s definitely worth getting lost in this universe.