Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 18th 2016


“It may comfort you to know that your death, while astonishingly violent, will likely be mercifully swift.”

Hanna is the, somewhat spoiled, daughter of the station captain. Nik is the son of a criminal and is currently providing Hanna with dust. Aside from drug dealing their relationship is minimal – until BeiTech attacks their station – Heimdall. Hanna and Nik are forced together to try and survive and save Heimdall from being destroyed.

Like Illuminae, Gemina is a one of a kind masterpiece. Set up as files presented to a court there are video transcriptions, documents, journal pages and pictures combined into a beautiful multimedia book that’s fun and easy to read. Although there are a few sections that go on too long it’s almost impossible to be bored when Gemina is constantly changing its format.

The typography is just as beautiful as before, and the addition of journal pages gives the book an opportunity to have some really lovely art. A clever reader might be able to find some easter eggs in some of the more abstract pages. There are a few more video transcriptions than Illuminae had and this proves to be a double-edged sword. It makes the plot very easy to follow but it makes much of the book more traditional instead of focusing on text chats and documents.

This is a fast paced high-risk plot that focuses on three new but extremely lovable characters (particularly Ella). Readers can also expect the return of their beloved protagonists from the first novel. Gemina picks up where Illuminae left off. It showcases the present day court case while giving the reader glimpses into Kady and Ezra’s fate after boarding the Hypatia. It is full of plot twists, some more surprising than other. Romance just as fluffy and fun as it’s predecessor and most importantly it is full of badass action and violence.

Aside from the parasite plotline which I think felt a bit tacked on and dropped off this book was perfect.

This series is absolutely unparalleled. There are no other books like Illuminae and Gemina. They are pieces of art with stories to tell. Pictures and text twined together in a way I had not seen before and have yet to see outside the series. In case I haven’t said it enough this book is stunning. If you aren’t reading The Illuminae Files then what are you doing? Read it!

For Fans Of: Cinder


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