Hanna Donnelly is the station captain's pampered daughter and Nik Malikov is the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. Together they struggle with the realities of life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, blissfully unaware that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall with news of the Kerenza invasion.
Picking up about five minutes after Illuminae ends, Gemina is the electrifying sequel to the hottest YA novel of 2015.
- ISBN10 1780749821
- ISBN13 9781780749822
- Publish Date 20 October 2016 (first published 18 October 2016)
- Publish Status Active
- Publish Country GB
- Imprint Oneworld Publications
- Format eBook
- Pages 448
- Language English
Chums, I was sucked into Gemina immediately. It builds on the action from Illuminae and starts with a court proceeding of sorts for BeiTech. The evidence provided are the documents provided by the Illuminae Group, and the briefing notes we read in Gemina are part of the official record. I thought this was such an innovative way to frame the story, and I love books that start at the end and watching how things got to that point.
As the Hypatia is making its way to Heimdall, the crew of Heimdall Station have their own problem: namely a BeiTech strike team set on eliminating the Jump Station so word cannot get out about the attack on Kerenza.
In retrospect, I should have seen the intense heartbreak I felt coming because of how the book opens, but no one can prepare you for the ███████ emotional rollercoaster that is reading this book, chum. Guard your hearts now.
"When you fight a monster, be careful you don't become the monster."I didn't think I could love characters more than I love Kady and Ezra, but Nik and Hanna surpass my love tenfold. Their banter and sarcasm is similar in tone to the levity of Illuminae, serving as a great way to divert the tension you feel when reading the book, but it doesn't feel recycled at all. The characters all feel real and I honestly feel so deeply for them.
“It’s not about what I say, right? It’s what I do that matters here.”I love stories about sacrifice and ordinary people doing extraordinary things when situation calls for it, and Gemina delivers an excellent narrative with people doing heroic things. I absolutely adore Hanna, Nik, and Ella with their Operation Thermopylae and their dedication to doing everything they can to stop the BeiTech crew... even give up their lives. I really enjoyed the tie in to war tactics and strategy, and Hanna's propensity to quote Sun Tzu. They never really lose hope and the fast friendships and devotion to one another feel so organic to me - just like how veterans who serve together are bonded by that experience.
Analyst 7213 is still my favorite character and I absolutely live for his reporting on the video feeds. We get another Analyst added, 7213D, which... yes. Just all the yes.
BRIEFING NOTE: As with Illuminae, I read along with the full-cast audiobook and it was perfection. I love the audiobook so much, but I definitely recommend reading this one with a physical copy because some of the mixed media included are pages from Hannah's journal - which are drawings by Marie Lu! You don't want to miss them, just like you don't want to miss the Lollipop Song, chum.
In case you can't tell, I absolutely loved this book and it took almost a month for me to write this review. This book is another fast-paced adventure that answers questions about BeiTech and Illuminae, as well as raises the stakes. It is obvious the series was plotted intricately well and this book fits into the trilogy so well, and I cannot wait to read Obsidio. I don't know if my heart is ready, or if I will ever trust again, but I cannot wait to see how this series ends!
🤝 This Mortal Squad Buddy read with Becca and Taylor!
December 29, 2018: I don't know if I will ever trust again. holy hell, I didn't think it could get any better after Illuminae but I was blown away yet again. incredible. Full RTC if I ever can form a coherent thought
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Hanna is the station captains daughter. Some think she is pampered and while her Dad did spoil her, he also made her train hard. She is an excellent strategist and fantastic fighter both in and outside the dojo. I loved Hanna. She is funny, brave and very clever.
Nik Malikov is the bad boy of Heimdall. He is part of the notorious crime family, The House of Knives. Nik was such a good character. He's got a bad boy vibe, he's snarky, cheeky and full of quick witty remarks. He is one of my favourite characters in this series.
My other favourite character was Ella, Nik's cousin. Ella has been through a lot in her life so far and what she experiences in this book is never seems to diminish her spirit or determination. She is also wicked funny and a whiz on the tech side.
Again I loved the full cast on this audiobook but I have seen the paperback and its also a beaut so whatever format suits you, you are in for a real treat with this book.
As soon as I finished this one I knew I just had to hear how the series ended.
I love the way The Illuminae Files story is told, the way the books are set out, I think it makes them stand out from all other YA sci-fi. They are textual masterpieces. Whoever helped Amie and Jay bring these babies to life has some mad skills.
In this book we get to meet some new characters (I ship Hanna and Nik, and think Ella is the bomb) and catch up with some old faves (woop woop hello again AIDAN, Kady and Ezra). The BeiTech baddies continue their debauchery and the ending leaves you NEEDING the final book.
I wasn’t too sure about Gemina before I read it because I was on the fence about Illuminae. In the end, I picked it up because I was in the mood for something written in a style such as this, and I knew that I’d at least somewhat enjoy the story. What actually happened was I ended up liking Gemina a lot more than Illuminae because I felt more connected to the main character, and I feel like the story flowed better.
I think the greater use of video transcripts worked really well here and helped me enjoy the book more. There was less instant messaging and email threads, and more transcripts this time. It sense to use them more since a lot of the action was taking place away from the main characters. Plus, the amusing voice of the narrator was a great addition to the story.
I realised that I love this style of storytelling, and I think it particularly works with science fiction. Sure, it’s easy to do with contemporary and romance, but I think using it to tell a science fiction story just adds that something extra.
I did, however, realise that I am so over the bad boy romance thing. I probably would have shipped Hanna and Niklas like crazy a few years ago, but now I didn’t feel any chemistry between them at all, and I really wasn’t bothered by the faux bad boy character arc.
I adored Hanna. I thought she was a really interesting protagonist. Sure, we’ve seen the like before. Military daughter, BAMF, great fighter, snarky… but I like that in a female protagonist so it worked.
Reading this has made me really excited for Obsidio. Like, it is probably in my top three most anticipated releases for 2018. I cannot wait!
Read my review for Illuminae the first book in this trilogy first.
I listened to this book on audio while following along with the physical book. Still highly recommend doing it this way, so you can get the full effect and truly feel like you are a part of the story.
When we first meet Hanna Donnely it seems like she's just going to be like any other military brat. But once the action starts happening we see her true colors underneath the life she has made for herself. We see the training her father has given her since she was little actually proving to be useful and we see her make tough/scary decisions that will affect everyone on multiple ships.
Nik seems like he is going to be your typical bad boy just in space. But he's got secrets of his own, and his bad-boy act is just that for the most part. Yes, he's done some questionable things, but nothing as bad as everyone thinks. He's done things to protect his family and continues to do so when it comes to Hanna and his cousin Ella who is also on board.
My favorite out of all the new character is Ella. She is a computer hacking genius who is paralyzed but doesn't let that stop her from helping Hanna and Nik save the ship.
For most of this book, I wasn't really sure how it and the first one we're going to connect, but towards the end, we see how. Katy is still using the information she found out at the end of the first, and it appears that the third and final book will be where she is able to show everything she has found out and use it take down BeiTech.
I'm still loving this series, and how it incorporates so many different things and truly feels like a movie. I can't wait to see what ends up happening next and I hope some of my theories are correct!