Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff , Marie Lu (Illustrator)

August 16, 2017
Gemina. The Illuminae Files #2, Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff , Marie Lu, InToriLex, Book Review
Published By: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 18, 2016
Format Read: Hardcover Edition (608 pages)
Genre: Young Adult/ Romance/ Sci-fi
Series: Book Two of the Illuminae Files
Source: Purchased
Rating: FOUR  STARS
Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)
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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.

VERDICT:

REVIEW:

This was a lot of fun, the romance, action and sci-fi worked well. This book gave me all those great feelings I had when I read the first book in series Illuminae. Hanna and Nik are two teenagers that are grappling with life and death decisions while dealing with their own feelings of inadequacy.  Nik is the typical brooding anti-hero who has tried and failed to lose his conscience because he belong to a organized crime family.  Hanna is a martial arts master who has to outsmart people who like to solve things with violence and deceit. Hanna and Nik compliment each other well, and their banter displayed through short bursts of texts to each other kept things light-hearted, in the midst of crossed out faces informing us who had died.
“Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance.”
The thrills were all here, but at times there were far to many characters being introduced for you to follow without having to flip back through the book. The illustrations were great (thanks to another awesome YA author) they broke up the tediousness of deciphering intentions through bureaucratic reports. Even though Hanna and Nik are slowly unveiled as characters to root for, the piecemeal way it happened in the midst of the action, meant the character development came later. All of the characters have to grapple with the consequences of choices led by self interest. The changing perspectives worked well as dimensions changed throughout the book. I was overjoyed some characters returned to give insight only they could.
“And blood and tears and screams did not matter anymore, because at least they are together.”
Every thread that was introduced was addressed and the science was explained well, so I never felt confused or removed from the wormhole and space time continuum plot points. If you haven't read and loved the first book Illuminae yet, your missing out. If you have read Illuminae, this book has more of the humor, surprises and well described action that made Illuminae so memorable. The book  ends on a cliff hanger, but it's clear from the pace of this series there is so much more to learn. I would recommend this book to readers of all ages who enjoy reading about hard choices made by courageous people. I will patiently be waiting to read book three.
Reviews in Series 
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Illuminae (with Jay Kristoff) and These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, and Their Fractured Light (with Meagan Spooner.) She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.
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Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is a winner of multiple Aurealis Awards, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. Being the holder of an arts degree, he has no education to speak of. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.
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