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Gemina

 

5/5 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 saga that began with Illuminae continues on board the space station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter, Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while they 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 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 may 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.

 

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After reading the first book Illuminae not too long ago, I was super keen to read Gemina and I had very high expectations… Kaufman and Kristoff did not disappoint. Gemina kicked off right from the bat, and didn’t stop swinging throughout the whole novel.

 

I’m not going to lie, I had to psych myself up emotionally to read Gemina… and it did not help me one bloody bit! I was left a blubbering mess at multiple points throughout the book – I had to remind myself to breathe! Utterly epic doesn’t even begin to cover what Kaufman and Kristoff have done with Gemina: it blew me out of the water (figuratively speaking of course).

 

The characters were once again hilarious, insane and attractive as hell (Hello Nik!). The dialogue between the characters through the IMs, emails, camera recordings and stolen files leaves you turning each page quicker than the last one. Even though the novel is presented uniquely, you still deeply connect with the characters and feel just as strongly about them: I was cringing at the horrors I knew would await (because Kaufman and Kristoff have no mercy!). I found myself laughing at the banter, crying (okay, bawling) at the heart-wrenching moments, gasping in shock at horrendous scenes, fist pumping (or fist punching as I tweeted the other day *face palm moment*) as they succeeded in their endeavours. There were new characters as well as the reoccurrence of old faces from the first book, and I was really pleased about the mix.

 

The plot, what do I say about the plot…? It never lets down, it’s go go go! I predicted nothing; NOTHING!!! Kaufman and Kristoff are masters of deceit and it leaves your – well, it left mine! – emotions in tatters; the major plot twists had me picking myself up from the floor.

 

Once again the book is visually stunning, the graphics and drawings are one of a kind, and it really takes the whole Illuminae files series to a whole other level.

 

It was amazing to see the two books link up and have everything start falling into place for book number #3. The last message in Gemina has left me knowing the book number #3 is going to be the most insane and terrifying of them all. I have commenced my emotional preparation already... it probably won’t help.

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