The Illuminae Files #2
by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Published on October 18, 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Listening time 12 hours 34 minutes
The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”
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.
So going into Gemina, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t even know if they were going to be the same characters from the first book or not! I wanted to be totally surprised going into this (I’m actually that way with a lot of books). I was not disappointed. I absolutely loved this one! It was heartbreaking, intriguing, and left me wanting more. The science behind everything is so interesting!! (Maybe I should be a science major instead of an English one lol) I devoured this installment of the Illuminae Files and I can’t wait to know what happens next.
I really liked this new set of characters. Nik, the male protagonist, was much more lovable than Ezra from Illuminae. He acted like he was this giant badass since he was in this really well known gang, but he was really such a sweet heart. Hanna on the other hand, while I liked her more than Kady, I still wasn’t much of a fan. I don’t know what it is about the main female protagonists in this series, but they aren’t very likable. I did like, however, the fact that she could fight so well. Kady has the brains and Hanna has the muscle, so it’s nice that to females are so independent. Oh! I also really really loved Nik’s cousin, Ella. She was so funny! Definitely my favorite character in this series. I really hope to see a lot more of her. Even though she’s unable to walk because of a disease she contracted in her early years, she is still fierce and won’t let anyone pity her. She’s like a mini Kady, but so much more likable and maybe even a little smarter.
Gemina wasn’t as scary as Illuminae was which was a little disappointing. While reading Illuminae and about the Phobos virus, I ended up having nightmares about the infected people chasing me. And while the creatures in Gemina were weird and slightly creepy, I just didn’t feel like anyone was super threatened by them. The main threat seemed to be the group from BeiTech…maybe that was my problem. With Illuminae there was only one threat, the Phobos virus, but in Gemina there was so much going on that it was hard to really have much sympathy for anyone but Nik, Hanna and Ella.
I really loved everything that happened with the wormhole and the different dimension discussions. It seemed so realistic because we really don’t know what would happen if we started using wormhole technology for space travel. It’s so unpredictable that I feel like what happened in Gemina could totally happen.
The ending was also such a rollercoaster!! I stayed up until 3am to finish Gemina and I’m honestly surprised that I didn’t wake up my fiancé with my crying and freaking out lol…There were so many twists in that ending that there is a part of me that still doesn’t really know what the heck was going on. I’m really intrigued to know what the third book is going to be about and I’m excited to see what happens now that the two groups are together. They seriously will become a force to be reckoned with.
Highly highly recommend this series for those of you interested in something unique to it’s genre!!