Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Info: Knopf Books for Young Readers, copyright 2016, 608 pages
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 last line of this book was SO much better than the last line of Gilmore Girls :) I won't give it away, but it's good. A cliffhanger without really being a cliffhanger, leaving you desperate for the next book.
Set just 5 minutes after the end of Illuminae, Kaufman and Kristoff introduce us to two new leads - Hanna, daughter of a military leader on the Heimdall, and Nik, a juvenile delinquent who is a member of a mob family. BeiTech is still attempting to cover it's tracks about the Krenenza invasion, but if you thought that was cutthroat, you haven't seen anything yet. The Hypatia is on it's way to the space station, and that's the last rendezvous that BeiTech can allow.
I love this series. Seriously. I love it. Not only is it genially executed, but it's also fast-paced, detailed, and smart. The end of Gemina gets a little confusing with multiple timelines and dimensions, but that made it all the more awesome. The authors transition between characters flawlessly, matching tone and mood that is never disrupted.
I don't want to give too much away, but the imagery, layout, and artificial intelligence that made Illuminae great can also be found in Gemina, along with a better, more horrifying picture of a truly despicable villain.
If you get the chance, listen to the audiobook with a copy of the book in hand. You won't be disappointed!