I could not read Illuminae and then not read the next book in the Illuminae Files series could I? Gemina is just as good as Illuminae and as I finished the final pages I put the book down and tried to comprehend everything that had happened as it had blown my mind.
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Date published: October 18th 2016
Page Count: 659
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.
The second series in the Illuminae Files is just as good as the first and is a brilliant piece of writing again by Kaufman and Kristoff. Set after the events of Illuminae, Gemina focuses on the events on the jump station Heimdall as two opposing forces converge to result in a thrilling conflict and revelation of a deep and dark conspiracy.
Gemina follows the same format as Illuminae- a story told as a series of documents, chat logs and transcripts that are being used as evidence in a court case. Not only is it well written using this unique format, it is visually beautiful with stunning black and white illustrations that work with the text to make a great reading experience.
The story is set on jump station Heimdall, the very place the Hypatia is heading after their battle with the BeiTech forces. Before they reach there, a mercenary force hired by BeiTech takes over the station to clean up the loose ends and destroy the Hypatia and the station before both can get word out to other bodies. Our two main characters work together, much like Kady and Erza, to uncover what is being covered up and to save lives with the help of their hacker friend Ella. Hanna, the commanders daughter, is trained in martial arts and war simulations with a steady boyfriend and a bright future. Her partner in crime, Niklas, comes from vastly different family background-his family is an infamous mob and Niklas did a recent stint in jail. Despite these differences, both Hanna and Niklas have a strong sense of loyalty and duty to save the people around them and try to save the station-even to the point where they face certain death and have to outwit and outfight a specialist mercenary team.
The story builds up perfectly to a series of conflicts, reveals, twists and a really interesting multiverse theory. I love paradoxes and time/universe travelling theories, so this was a welcome addition to the book and had a sound explanation and place within the story. I really hope this is explored more in the next book and whether we see any consequences appear. Kristoff and Kaufman have a way in which they add elements of the story and characters together page by page, to create an engrossing story that is believable and exciting.
Gemina is a mind-blowing book and is as good as the first in the Illuminae Files series. The story is executed perfectly, it features a cool multiverse theory and a seamless introduction of characters from Illuminae into this story. Gemina built upon the conspiracy and information introduced in Illiminae and leaves us wondering what next will be the focus in the next book.