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

5stars

Review

With Gemina, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff once again shatter the boundaries of an ordinary reading experience with a visually arresting and wholly addictive story imparted through found footage, instant messages, reports and schematics. Every page thrums with nail-biting tension as we get the scoop on what happened at jump station Heimdall while the Hypatia made its way to it after its own well-known troubles.

We meet Hanna Donnelly—daughter of Heimdall’s commander—whose dabbling with the drug dust gets her well acquainted with the rough, tattooed Nik Malikov, a family member of the mafia-like House of Knives. But on a celebrative night when Hanna is supposed to meet up with her boyfriend Jax, their world flips. After bullets, blasts and blood aplenty, Hanna and Nik find themselves on the run, with the help of Nik’s brilliant, hacker cousin, Ella.

Seized by a group of BeiTech auditors, the station becomes a ticking time bomb. But this ruthless group is not the only peril, something moves within air vents, slithering unseen, finding its prey. And without communication with Hypatia, their only hope is Hanna and Nik’s quick thinking coupled with Ella’s impressive ability to knock down any barrier they encounter.

The countdown ticks down before they’re all X’ed out, and tension becomes impossible to bear were it not for the witty banter between these three would-be heroes, and the developing romance between Nik and Hanna.

The story we came to know in Illuminae tangles wonderfully with what we see unravel in Gemina, each page culminating into a heart-pounding, shocking finale full of roller-coaster reactions, especially in the last 150 pages or so. This is one you shouldn’t miss.

Synopsis

Oct-16 ★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.

Series Reading Order

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