GEMINA By Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

March 10, 2018
This review won’t make much sense if you haven’t read the first book in the series so I recommend you check out my review of ILLUMINAE and/or read this book first to avoid spoilers and confusion. 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. This review is a little tricky. I love the Illuminae Files series, it’s original and thrilling like nothing I have ever read before! I adore evil AIDAN (is that wrong of me?) and hacker girl numero uno Kady Grant. I also love the amount of kic-kass space action we get on every other page and how invested you become in the story and the characters. But here in the second book we go through basically the same story as the one we just finished in the first book, only in different settings – the personalities, the enemy, the space hacks, even the sarcasm and swearing were VERY similar. I had expected the second installment to have more of its own plot (or at least a new one) so I was a little disappointed that it had that “second installment filler”-vibe. That being said, it was a very entertaining read, and I’m glad they continued with the unique format of files, chat recordings etc. I’m genuinely happy I continued the series and I cannot wait to get my hands on book three and find out how this finale will go down. A quick sum up: GEMINA was a bit of a disappointment on its own and had some of the dreaded elements of a series’ second installment. It was very entertaining though and I would definitely recommend the entire Illuminae Files series for any reader who enjoys a fast-paced Sci-Fi story with a lot of action (and death), space travel and romance.

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