Series: Book 2 in The Illuminae Files
Piblished: October 18th 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Language read: English
Format read: Book
Rating: 2 stars
Gemina 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 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.
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. –Goodreads
I loved Illuminae book one in the series so much. It was one of my favorite reads of 2016, you can read my review HERE if you want. I had really high hopes for Gemina, like really really high hopes! My mom even got me it for my birthday, because it came out around the same time last year and it was the thing I wanted the most for my birthday.
One of the things that makes this series so special is the format and mixed media of the books. The story is told through: emails, chat logs, military files, interviews and other files.
Like I said, I really loved Illuminae, both the format of the book and the story. Gemina is also written in the same format and I still think it was amazing. Unfortunately it was almost the only thing I liked about the book, because the story and the character disappointed me tremendously.
The story and the character disappointed me tremendously.
There is so many things I disliked about this book, and I hated how the story was written. The story was just one action scene after action scene with a terrible insta love and awful characters, and it was not a good combo. I found some parts of the plot interesting though, especially the ending. But sadly all the bad parts overshadows the good ones.
I’ll start with my favorite parts of the book. Favorite is a big word, so I guess the “parts I could stand” is better to say. I have to mention them first because this review will end in a huge, spoilery rant at the end. Don’t worry, I’ll write “spoiler ahead” in big letters.
–The thing I really liked about this book was a small, but beautiful part. It was the beautiful drawings in Hanna’s, the main characters, diary. I’m so sad it wasn’t more of them throughout the book.
–The weird alien creatures (what was their name again? Sorry I can’t find it out). I found them to be very creative and they made an interesting detail to the story and the world building.
–The ending and some parts of the story was really interesting, and how this book intertwined with Illuminae. I’m really curious about book 3 and what will happen in that book.
I’m going to start ranting now and there will be SPOILERS, so the rest of the review is not spoiler free.
Rant, NOT SPOILER FREE:
–The main character Hanna, I could not stand her! Daughter of the chief and the perfect princess. Even the book/authors makes fun of her for being the perfect princess, and this would be funny if it wasn’t so very true. She is the typical YA Mary Sue character that I’m so incredibly tired of.
Everything wrong with this character: Smart, pretty and rich. Knows how to fight. Quotes The Art of War. Two really cute boys are in love with her. Rescues everyone (of course). Kills all the bad guys with the help of her love interest, that she has known for how long? And just over all really annoying.
(Not saying that it is bad to be one of those things, but together it made an insufferable character).
–Very little backstory on the character. Backstory on characters are often really important for me to like them, and also makes them so much more interesting. I felt that the characters in this book was very one dimensional. The only character we got a bit of backstory on was Nick, and that is why I liked him better than Hanna.
–Highly unrealistic that two teenagers could take down 20+(?) people in the ARMED, TRAINED, PROFESSIONAL hired BeiTech team. I’m not buying it! Sorry, not sorry. It is so unrealistic, and it bugged me tremendously. Of course without help, two teenagers with help from another teenager outsmarted the bad guys and saved everyone again! And of course in the middle of this they fell in love with each other, so over to my next point.
–Guys! The two tropes I hate the most in YA books are strong in this one; instalove and love triangles (eyeroll). I’m so sick of insta love and love triangles. That is one of the things I liked about Illuminae, that Ezra and Katy had history with each other before the story. Why did the authors choose to do it in this book? I can sometimes ignore this if I really love the book, and the book only contains one of the two, but I can’t ignore it this time.