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Gemina: Book Review

Gemina: Book Review

TITLE: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

Author:   Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Published October 18th 2016


4 out of 5 stars


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.


Pages: 659

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Series? Yes, it is book 02 in the Illuminae Files


Gemina is the second book of the Illuminae Files and has a different set of characters than the first book, but in the end ties back to the first set of characters.

The format of this book is the same as the first book. The story is not written in standard novel format but is told through a series of files (hence the name Illuminae Files). It is a fascinating story with some romance, heartbreak, death and humor.

This series is so unique and I love how the second book ties in seamlessly to the first book. I can’t wait to read Obsidio which is the third and final book in the Illuminae Files series.

There are several things that I like about these books. The first is the artwork and the design of the pages. When I first held Gemina in my hands, I was a little scared because of just HOW BIG it is! But the artwork throughout the pages makes it much quicker to read. Another thing that I really enjoyed was the cast of characters. They were all well formed and there was a good mix of characters that I liked as well as characters that I didn’t like.

There are tons of twists and turns in this book that I didn’t anticipate, which kept me interested in reading more.

If you enjoy reading young adult science fiction that is not your typical story, then these books should not only be added to your TBR, but be put on the top of your list.

Thanks for stopping by and reading this book review!

Sarah June


*All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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