Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Pub Date: October 18th 2016
Format: Audiobook + physical copy
My Rating: ★★★★★
Synopis from Goodreads:
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.
Wow! What a ride it was. It messed with my head and was so, so entertaining. I loved the first book in the series, and I especially loved the audiobook, so I had to listen to the audiobook here too. But I also wanted to enjoy the drawings by Marie Lu. So I combined both experiences, I was listening to the audiobook and following the book at the same time. I loved it, and I highly recommend reading this book like that.
Gemina follows new characters – Hanna and Nik. They are completely different from Kady and Ezra from the first book. At first I though I would mind that the main characters are different, but it was not the case. Hanna and Nik had completely different dynamic than Kady and Ezra, and I really liked this ‘will they – won’t they’ dynamic. Hanna is a daughter of a Chief Commander of the Heimdall station. Nik is a drug dealer, he’s dealing dust that House of Knifes is producing on the station. The whole part about drugs, and how they are produced is pretty amazing and adds an interesting aspect to the whole story.
Authors really play with the readers, constantly teasing them about characters fate. I was devastated few times to read what happened to my favourite characters, just to learn that it wasn’t actually like that. Now when I look at it, I can see that there was no way that some things will happen like I first thought, but when I was reading the book I was too hooked and emotionally involved in the story to think rationally. And that makes this story so amazing.