ARC Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

GeminaGemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 18, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction

Pages: 659 Format: ARC Source: BEA

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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.

I acquired this ARC from the publisher at Book Expo America. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.


Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s Gemina has been one of my most anticipated releases ever since I read Illuminae. Luckily I was able to get a copy at Book Expo America and it did not disappoint. Instead of returning to the Kerenza crew, Gemina introduces us to Hanna Donnelly and Nik Malikov aboard Jump Station Heimdall as the second wave of the BeiTech assault begins. Just as action packed and emotional as the first, this story truly has it all.

It’s always a bit risky when a sequel focuses on an entirely new set of characters but I have to say Kaufman and Kristoff pulled it off. Obviously Kady and Ezra hold a special place in my heart but Hanna and Nik are now lodged right alongside them. Hanna may be pampered but she’s an intensely fierce fighter and Nik is more than just a piece in the House of Knives crime family. I also really enjoyed his cousin Ella, both her tech skills and brash demeanor.

One of my favorite parts of The Illuminae Files is the way the story is told through emails, images, transcripts, etc. It’s amazing that a narrative like this can still be so compelling even in the second book. I enjoyed how Gemina kept the same style but also used additional types of sources. It kept everything fresh. I’m really looking forward to the finished copy with all the finalized artwork. It’s going to be absolutely stunning!

As I’ve come to expect from these authors, Gemina was one hell of a ride from start to finish. Intense fight sequences, plenty of betrayal, and twists and turns on every page. My heart was torn to pieces and my emotions were all over the place. Plus if you thought the villains in Illuminae were bad, just you wait. There are some disgusting and creepy moments that will haunt me for a long time. Honestly just thinking about them makes me shiver.

Overall Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff was an excellent continuation of The Illuminae Files. It furthers the wider plot with BeiTech corporation yet still manages a compelling contained story. Every character plays their part and of course it was another emotional roller coaster. If you haven’t started this series yet, what have you been doing? I highly recommend this to all!

So how freaking excited are you for Gemina? Are you dying to know what happens next? Prepared for all the turmoil in your future? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

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