Publisher: Rock The Boat
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi
Source: a copy in exchange for an honest review
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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.
There is a slight chance that this review may just turn out to be incoherent babbling because I loved this book so damn much. Gemina is the sequel to Illuminae which was one of my favourite books of last year, and was crowned my most unique read of the year so it’s safe to say that I was extremely anticipating this book and had very, very high expectations. Final verdict: I think this may be my favourite book of the year… (so far at least).
I was a little hesitant about Gemina because I assumed it would follow the same characters and found out just before I started it that there would be new main characters. But I fell head-over-heels in love with both Hanna and Nik. Hanna is the daughter of the Commander of the Heimdall fleet and Nik is her drug dealer. Seriously. At first I thought Hanna was no more than a spoilt brat who wasted money on getting high because she had nothing better to do, and then as I read on, they both grew on me. Nik especially. We learn so much about Nik and his mafia family, and his childhood and can I hug him already? He’s possibly become one of my favourite fictional characters ever? So yeah, I loved the characters.
The plot. So Gemina more or less picks up where Illuminae left off, the Hypatia is heading towards Heimdall but haven’t been able to communicate with them
because of a certain asshole who got what he deserved. After the invasion, Hanna and Nik have to find out what those who invaded the fleet want and then a way to defeat them and save the other residents. So expect a lot of kickass fight scenes and seriously, I thought no-one could top Kady but Hanna is definitely a close second – having learnt how to fight from her father, she kicks butt like it’s nobody’s business.
Oh, did I forget to mention that there are alien parasites on the fricking fleet that control and vegetate fricking humans? The lamina are the freakiest things ever and I shuddered every single time they appeared in the story and the visual imagery of the book adds so much effect to it, my skin was crawling and I was screeching. THEY ARE HORRIBLE.
Okay, obviously there’s romance. I mean, no one is surprised. We were all expecting it, don’t kid yourself. But. But. I was completely taken by surprise by how much I shipped Nik and Hanna… I mean, the sarcasm, the angst and flirting and the pain. I ship them so hard. I love their relationship though I’m not sure you could really call it that… but I think I loved their friendship and banter more than anything.
Speaking of friendship and banter and characters that stole my heart and refuse to give it back. LET’S TALK ABOUT ELLA. Ella is Nik’s cousin who, after an illness, was left paralysed from the waist down and spends most of her time behind a computer. She’s also an awesome hacker. And probably the funniest and most lovable character ever, she’s so snarky and smart and I need more books with likewise positive representation of disability because this. was. everything.
Now, let’s talk about the emotional roller-coaster that was this book. I cried so much while reading this. So much. This book made me laugh and cry and scream. We’re going to ignore the fact that there was a thunderstorm going on while I read the last hundred or so pages and how eerie this was (you’ll understand if/when you’ve read it).
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff definitely did not hold back with this book. I was expecting the same level of awesome as Illuminae but Gemina is so much better. I didn’t even think that was possible. I went into this book thinking I had seen all I could in terms of the format and that I wouldn’t see anything I hadn’t seen already and though we see the infamous surveillance reports, and IMs, in this book we also get snippets of Hanna’s diary. Some pages are even covered in bloody handprints. It’s all types of awesome. And let’s not forget that this is the proof copy, and that the finished copy will have artwork by the amazing Marie Lu (author of Legend trilogy and Young Elites trilogy) and I will definitely be getting the hardback and rereading to get the full experience!
Overall, Gemina was a better follow up to the amazing Illuminae than I could’ve ever hoped for. I had such high expectations and Gemina smashed each and every one of them, such a phenomenal and exhilarating sequel that has me both craving and dreading book 3.
Rating: ALL THE FRICKING STARS (5 stars).
Favourite quote: ‘don’t look @ me, I’m not saying another word until u change my name back.’
I’m still laughing so much at this quote. Read it and laugh with me.