Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Review:

Gemina is a captivating, edge-of-your-seat, spellbinding follow up to Illuminae.
Like in the first book, the story in Gemina is told through journal entries (love the illustrations!), emails, IM’s, footage narration, etc. I love this fresh method to storytelling, and as a reader, you get to piece together the story from the “evidences” presented. As this is a continuation of the first book, while it’s not necessary to have read the first book, I think to enhance the reading experience, it’s better to have read Illuminae. For me, it’s been awhile since I’ve read Illuminae, hence I’d forgotten some of the details. If I’d read these two books back to back, I think I would’ve enjoyed this book more.
The surprising twists and turns in this story blew my mind. I had to set the book down to wrap my mind about the concept the authors presented. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are master storytellers!
Fans will be happy to see cameo roles from Kady and Ezra. And oh, we see Kady’s father in this book, too!
My only gripe is the detailed narration and illustration of Hannah’s romance with Jackson. I thought it should be shortened.
Overall, love this installment in The Illuminae Files. I can’t wait to read the next book!

Rating:

5 stars!!

Summary:

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.