Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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.
This was my first reread of Gemina and I can confidently say I liked it even more the second time around than I did the first. Which to me is saying a lot considering I gave Gemina 5 stars and my review was very, enthusiastic to say the least. If you would like to read my original review of Gemina you can check it out here.
Much like my reread of Illuminae, I realized I forgot a lot of the little details from this book! Gemina takes place aboard jump station Heimdall following Nik and Hanna who are in my opinion, the best characters out there. If you read my review of Illuminae earlier this week then you know Kady and Ezra’s relationship actually drives me nuts and seems so forced. I never felt that way about Nik and Hanna. Maybe because Nik is my favorite kind of bad boy and this romance was of the slow burn type which I am always a fan of.
As good as the story was in Illuminae I honestly think I liked Gemina’s even more! There was a certain kind of intensity to this story that was present in Illuminae but maybe not as strong. I found myself holding my breath at the nail biting scenes, I found myself tearing up at a couple emotional scenes, and I did all of this while also knowing what was going to happen since I’ve already read it 🤷♀️ Not only is jump station Heimdall over taken by Bei-Tech cronies intent on destroying all evidence of the attack on Kerenza, but there are also parasitic ‘lickers’ aboard the station taking control of their hosts. Poor cow cows.
I think Kaufman and Kristoff have improved with their writing style from Illuminae and Gemina because I enjoyed the characters and dialogue so much more! I especially love the addition of Ella, who is a fierce badass spider and is snarky AF. I aspire to be like Ella. I also really liked Hanna?? She seemed much more dimensional than Kady and actually had some fight in her when push came to shove. Another thing, Nik is 100 x better than Ezra #sorrynotsorry. That is all.
I know these books can be slightly intimidating for some because of the formatting but if you don’t want to give the physical books a try I strongly urge you to listen to the audiobooks! These are by far my favorite audiobooks ever, there is a full cast that does a superb job and I love all of the little extras the audiobooks provide. They make the story seem even more intense and nerve wracking. They truly bring this story to life.
Now, even though I have read Illuminae and Gemina twice, I actually haven’t read Obsidio at all 😮 so I am incredibly nervous going into this finale. I somehow haven’t seen any spoilers since it came out so I am going in completely in the dark! I can’t wait to see how this series ends!