Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Also in this series: Illuminae
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 18, 2016
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.
Be warned… this review contains spoilers if you haven’t read either Illuminae or Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff!
After reading Illuminae last year, I knew that I was going to want to continue on with this series. That’s why as soon as I had the chance to go to the bookstore this year after Gemina released, it was the first book that I picked up to purchase. Even though I didn’t love it as much as Illuminae, Gemina was a major hit with me!
Gemina follows two different characters, Hanna and Nik, though the story takes place in the same world as Illuminae. Hanna is the daughter of the station captain and Nik is pretty much part of a mafia aboard Heimdall. Hanna was a very badass character and I really liked her. She was always sticking up for herself and was willing to get dirty and fight.
Nik was very interesting. I have heard multiple people say that they prefer him to Ezra, but I just loved Ezra so much so nothing could replace him! Nik was cool though because he was part of this mafia group aboard the ship. I have never read a book with mafia in it, nonetheless in science fiction, so that was pretty cool.
Once again, this book had a really cool setup. The book was told through instant messages, emails, video surveillance scripts, and interviews. I have heard from many people that the audiobooks of this series are really awesome and add a lot to the story, so I think before the third book comes out I’m definitely going to listen to the audiobooks to get that part of the story!
If you haven’t started this series, I definitely suggest you jump on it soon!