Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Illuminae #2)

illuminaeThis morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Published: October 20th 2015

Pages: 608

Rating: Must Read

Review

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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 Illuminaecontinues 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.

Published: October 18th 2016

Genre: Si-fi

Pages: 608

Rating:Must Read

Format:Physical

Read from 24th to 27th October

First off this book was incredible. It was a phenomenal sequel and was not what I was expecting. So much was happening and there were so may plot points and plot twists. The level of si-fi was amazing. I think this was probably my second favourite book of the year (The Martian still stands strong I’m afraid).

It was a shock at first to be thrown into a brand new set of characters but it all came together quite quickly and you started getting to know them and they’re pretty well built for only having one book. I think having chat logs are a great idea as it’s quicker to gain a sense of someone’s personality. Hanna is also my new favourite strong female protagonist. Like she just gets things done and I really admire that considering that she can do that by just being human. I like strong females but I’ve been finding a running trend of them HAVING to be fantastical in order to achieve that.

There is a lot of emotion and whirlwind in this book and it can really tear you apart. It is a completely devastating book and it is done really well. I really need to read more of these two authors because together they are incredible, I do worry that they’re only incredible because they’re together but there must be some of that lurking in their own books so I need to give it a try.

The style between this and Illuminae is different, you still have your chat logs, and security surveillance but in this book there was also a journal and a few other features that suits the main plot of the story.  It still felt like a true sequel to Illuminae but the links didn’t start happening until later on. There is also a completely different level of action and consequence in this book, there isn’t as much death going on as the first book which is good  but it is still a lot going on that makes you really anxious and nervous.

The plot is so well constructed and everything just links together so well that I love how it feels so complete and adds a different level to the Illuminae story. I do like that we also get to see the other side and get introduced to characters that are related to the characters in Illuminae.

I think people may struggle with the level of si-fi as there are a lot of abstract concepts that aren’t even proven yet but if you can get by this then it will be a really enjoyable story. I do think that you can enjoy this story due to the relationships and the action but you do have to enjoy si-fi to truly appreciate it.


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One comment

  1. This book through me for a loop! There were so many twists and turns–it was just mind blowing! I loved Illuminae so much that it is now my favorite book, and while Gemina was really good, I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as Illuminae. BUT Hanna and Nik had my heart by the end of the book 😍

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