Gemina | 4 star read
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Also in this series: Illuminae
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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.
Gemina is the second book in The Illuminae Series, if you haven’t already you should read my review of the first book here. I have to say I’m so glad I carried on with this series, this book got a lot better and I even think the romance elements were more developed and therefore well more enjoyable. I also think the main characters in this book were created with more depth, it was well written and the plot line had a lot more action within it.
I think this series has some really well written and rounded female characters, all of which don’t need anyone to save them, because they have the skills to do it themselves. Plus these skills aren’t acquired because of some great tragedy or having the need to save themselves, these are skills that have been put in place because they want to be strong and independent. Hanna, one of the main characters in Gemina follows this pattern, and is fully trained in war games and knows how best to defeat the enemy. I also think the fact that she also has a sense of her own life, so she isn’t just a complete badass but also a young girl who enjoys dressing up and being feminine makes a difference, it shows a nice contrast to other “strong females” I have read where you’re only allowed to be one or the other. So yeah, both of these books have female characters that I really enjoy reading about.
I also have to say the main male characters in this book are a huge step up from Ezra of llluminae, who I just didn’t get along with at all (thank goodness he wasn’t featured in Gemina). I think every character in this book had more depth, they were more than just the love interest or a device to move the plot forward. Jackson was probably the biggest shock to the book and no spoilers here but I didn’t see it coming and everything that went along with it. Also, Nik and his backstory went so much deeper than a boy loving a girl and a breakup, this book just wasn’t as superficial as Illuminae and it was a welcomed change of pace.
This book adds alongside the fast-paced storyline based on hitmen and murder everywhere a discrepancy that neither side account for and watching both sides scramble to figure out what is going on really makes the difference in Gemina, and I think it separates the characters into two very distinct groups. Which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I like watching the best-laid plans being blown to hell, the scramble afterwards always makes for the best reading!
This book does fall prey to the same problem as Illuminae, in the sense that I sometimes got to the point where I wanted to skim the pages and they just weren’t holding my attention. That is the only reason this book didn’t get a 5-star review. I just wanted the book to be consistently great all the way through and this definitely slumps in places.
Have you read this series? I wanna know which is your favourite book? Did you find that Gemina outshone Illuminae? Let me know in the comments!