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Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

🌟 4 space station stars 🌟

Although this book didn’t rip out my heart like Illuminae did, it was still a fascinating read that takes place right where Illuminae ended. Gemina follows different protagonists at the Heimdall space station. Also, yes I am aware that I read this book a month ago and I’m just posting it now. 

Synopsis:

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 Illuminaecontinues 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.

The beginning of this book felt a lot like Illuminae but just rewritten, so I was worried that that’s what the whole book would be. As much as I loved Illuminae, I would prefer the story progress rather than go in circles. Thankfully, this book took a different turn with the action and challenges that are new protagonists had to face.

The events of Gemina, for the most part, take place aboard the Heimdall station. As BeiTech takes over the Heimdall waypoint, Hanna Donnelly, Nik Malikov, and Ella Malikova must defend their home from these assailants as well as something that I can best describe as: bloodthirsty space worms. (At least that’s how I pictured them the entire time reading this book.) With danger looming around every corner, they are forced to do what it takes for their own survival as well as the fate of the universe.

“You might get only one shot. So shoot. You know who said that?”

The rifle clatters to the bloody floor.

“Hanna FUCKING Donnelly. That’s who.”

Hanna Donnelly is the captain’s daughter and is known for being his spoiled little girl, but she is so much more than that. I applaud how she handled everything that was thrown at her. Even though she shed a few tears and had some minor breakdowns, she recovered quickly and was able to do what she had to do in order to survive. As a plus, she’s a black belt that could definitely kick someone’s ass and look good while doing it.

“He failed her once. He refuses to do so again.”

Nik Malikov looks like he could kill you, but is actually a cinnamon roll. He does fit the cliche of a boy with a tragic backstory, but honestly I love it. Even though he was born into a life of a crime; he is still a very family-oriented man as seen in his interactions with his cousin and other family members which just supports him being a lovable bean. I also loved that even in the worst situations, he still managed to find some joke or snark to make in order to lighten the situation a bit.

“////(“)\\\\ Pauchok has entered the chat ////(“)\\\\”

Ella Malikova is amazing and her username is “Pauchok” which means “little spider.” I would read a whole book just about her. She is Nik’s disabled fifteen year old cousin as well as a technological genius like Kady. I loved her passion for life and from what I can recall not once was her disability labeled as a weakness. Even though she has been on the verge of death and has lost some of her loved ones, she kept going. She was definitely my favorite character in Gemina.

However, I actually didn’t really enjoy the romance in this book as much as I did between Kady and Ezra in Illuminae. I’m not a big fan of love triangles already and then I felt like the romance between Nik and Hanna felt like instalove. If I’m completely honest, their relationship felt like Nik was head over heels for her and Hanna just rebounded with him. It felt like she was using him as a crutch to handle all the loss and heartbreak.

Gemina is written in the same style as Illuminae, but this book includes some cute illustrations from Hanna as well. The plot was just as fast-paced as Illuminae, but confusing at times. There were definitely some parts that I had to reread in order to fully understand what was going on. Just like Illuminae, there are also plenty of plot twists that’ll make you wonder who actually makes it out alive in this book?? Overall, I devoured this book just as quickly as Illuminae, but I did enjoy Illuminae more.

After finishing Gemina, all I can think about is how all the teenagers of the Illuminae Group deserve a break. These kids have been through hell and back. I just want to take them all and wrap them in warm blankets. I hope there’s a happy ending waiting for me at the end of Obsidio.

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