[Book Review #82] ARC: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


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.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

Book Specifications:

Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Format: ARC

Part of a Series: Yes. The Illuminae Files #2

Release Date: October 18, 2016

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf / Knopf Books for Young Readers

No. of Pages: 608 pages

Price: $19.99

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Survival, Space, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure

Book Review:


I received an ARC of this book from Penguin Random House which in no way swayed my opinion about the story.

Back in 2015, I was introduced to the wonder that is Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s series, The Illuminae Files. It took me a while, but I ended up loving the first book, Illuminae. For those who haven’t heard of it, #1. What are you doing with your life? #2. Illuminae is a YA Sci-Fi book told in a unique way, via IMs, medical reports, emails, schematics, etc. I gave it 4 stars, and if you want to check it out, my review can be found here.

Today, though, I want to share with everyone all my feels for Gemina, the much anticipated sequel to Illuminae.

Since I was already introduced to the unique way of it’s writing, it didn’t take me that long to once again get hooked. With Illuminae, it took me about 150 pages before I got the hang of the story and where it was going. With Gemina, it was as if I was reading the newspaper. Since I grew accustomed to it’s writing style, I didn’t have trouble comprehending the story. My reading experience for this was a blast, and just like last year, I have no ███████ words to describe how much I loved this sequel.

I loved how improved everything was with Gemina. The stakes were higher, the characters were more profound, the world building was even more poignant, and the plot was definitely a lot more interesting. Every great thing just added to the amazing fact that The Illuminae Files certainly won’t disappoint a reader who’s a fan of the Science Fiction genre.

I also loved how almost in every page, the scenes were all filled with either intense action, or humorous dialogues between the characters. I found the mix extremely entertaining and if I may say so myself, this aspect just added to the overall value of the story. I’m not entirely sure if a lot of effort went into this, or Amie and Jay just did an effortless attempt at making me delighted.

I also had the chance to take a look at the finished copy of this book, once when I was at National Book Store, and the finished illustrations were all wonderfully drawn! Let it be known that on this day, I’m labelling Marie Lu as THE QUEEN of mind-blowing illustrations! Every finished artwork was so ███████ awesome! Definitely worth every peso / dollar!

“Anyone one who has an adventurous heart that beats for the science fiction genre has to read this book (or this series) at least once in their lives. Gemina definitely added up to the series’ hype, and I really do believe that The Illuminae Files will just get better with every new installment. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book to come out next year!”


Characters – 4.50

Plot – 5.00

Writing Style – 5.00

Pacing – 4.00

Ending – 5.00

TOTAL – 4.7 / 5 Stars

About The Author:

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. 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.

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Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy. Part 3, ENDSINGER, is out now. He’s also co-author of the upcoming ILLUMINAE (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi… thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015, and NEVERNIGHT, the first part of a new fantasy trilogy kicking off in 2016.

Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13380 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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