Book Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

March 29, 2018 Book Reviews 2

Book Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffGemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 18th 2016
Genres: Sci Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 659
Source: Library
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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.

Reading Challenges: Library Love


Book two is exactly like book one, Illuminae. What threw me with this one, and with book one as well, was getting into the book. I fan-girled in my review and I think I forgot to add that it did take about 60 pages to get into the story.

Same with this one. The characters are different and that threw me a bit. I was expecting to jump right back in where book one left off. Instead we have an entire new cast. Again, like the first book, it did not take long for me to fall in love with this whole new set of characters. There are even more beautiful pictures in this one since one of the characters, Hannah, draws in a journal. She uses these drawings to describe her feelings, instead of words.

What is remarkable is the amount of characters. Between books one and two, so far there are a ton of characters and somehow they all stand out. Their speech, looks, the way they move, every part of each character is completely different. What I find so unique about this is that it is extremely hard to pull off. I didn’t get lost in who was talking because as they were typing, well first of all their names showed up, but also they were themselves.

In this one, Hannah and Nik find themselves in a difficult situation. Like book one, it seems that they are up against odds that are going to create a bad future, but these two are smart, and have Nik’s cousin, Ella, helping them out.

Hannah winds up probably being the most surprising character out of the bunch. She’s a spoiled, rich girl but she has brains and the smarts to back up some fighting skills, which she desperately needs in this. Nik has some surprising details in his character as well, but they match the characters instead of coming out of left field. Everything makes sense. Again, I’m just thoroughly floored that the authors were able to create so many diverse characters while having such a beautifully tragic plot.

I was glad that it wasn’t so much like the first book that the story wound up being repetitive. It was different. They run into a LOT. And I do mean a LOT more than any characters should ever have to, but in both books the characters work together to figure out their next moves. Of course this doesn’t always work in their favor. Sadly characters that I thought were going to be big in the story are not safe. This is nearly like Game of Thrones in the way so many characters die!

And, this is a bit of a spoiler, sort of. A character shows up from book one and I cheered. Freaking literally got so excited that I almost started crying. I am way invested into these characters.

The Sci Fi portion is not even prominent either. What would have driven me away from the book I’ve found to be appealing. I was a tad worried about how they were going to make book two stand out as much as Illuminae, but somehow they were able to pull this fascinating story together that has interesting characters and twists, but not twists that make you frustrated. The few small twists are exciting and kept me wanting more!


Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.8 / 5



About Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Illuminae (with Jay Kristoff) and These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, and Their Fractured Light (with Meagan Spooner.) She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

About Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of four Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over thirty countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.






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2 Responses to “Book Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff”

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Wow, I can tell how much you are loving these from your awesome thoughts. I own the first two and hope to see Obsidio at Walmart soon so I can grab it. I could order it but I’m not in a hurry and the bookstore in our mall – BAM! – are so expensive. I can see why you had a book hangover after these!

    • Christina

      I’m still trying to get out of that dang book hangover! I hope you’re enjoying them as much as I did. I would wait too. They are absolutely lovely and I enjoyed book three, but there are so many other things you can spend your money on!

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