Narrator: Carla Corvo, Steve West, Lincoln Hoppe, P.J. Ochlan, MacLeod Andrews, Lisa Cordileone, Erik Davies, Ryan Gesell
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, Listening Library on 2016-10-18
Length: 659 pages
Length: 12 hours and 33 minutes
Reviewing Audiobook, Hardcover from My Book Shelf
Reading Challenges: 2022 Audiobook Challenge, 2022 Backlist Reader Challenge, 2022 Beat the Backlist, COYER 2022
A New York Times Bestseller
Brace yourself for GEMINA—the highly anticipated sequel to the book critics called “out-of-this-world awesome”—featuring journal illustrations by bestselling author Marie Lu!
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.
Gemina by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff begins in the middle of a United Terran Authority (UTA) tribunal against BeiTech Industries and their knowledge of the Kerenza IV attack and destruction of Heimdall station. Told through transcripts, instant messaging, and surveillance footage, the attack on Heimdall station plays out. To place it in time with the first book, the events here take place a few weeks after the end of Illuminae.
Hanna is our main protagonist, and y’all she was SO hard to like at first. She’s the daughter of the station’s captain, spoiled, rich, and despite her brains, quite the party girl. Hanna isn’t concerned in the least about what is going on outside of her bubble of friends and fashion. In fact, she is meeting with her drug dealer when the attack begins. We quickly see a new side of Hanna as all the training and “war games” her father played with her kicks in. Hanna is a badass!
Nik Malikov is not at all what I expected him to be. He is the son of a crime/drug lord, and while he happens to supply Hanna with her drugs, Nik is overall a good guy put in a crappy life situation. It’s Nik’s life style that allows BeiTech access to the station and as a result he feels partially responsible for all the killing currently happening. So he teams up with Hanna (who is quite reluctant) to attempt to take control of the station back.
If you miss Kady, Ezra and AIDAN, you won’t for long. Unbeknownst to Nik and Hanna, the crew of the Hypatia are on their way with news of Kerenza IV which went dark several months prior, and Heimdall has been fed a bunch of lies about why. Needless to say, they are all in for a shock.
Just like book one, Gemina unfolds at neck-breaking speeds, action-packed with twists and turns you won’t see coming. I devoured this one. The characters are fantastic, the world-building immersive, and the enemies, seen and unseen, are truly terrifying. I opted to listen to the audiobook again and was pleased with the performance. It’s a full cast and breathes life into the pages. Highly recommend this one for fans of sci-fi, Doctor Who, and Star Trek.