Review: Gemina – The Illuminae Files #2 by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff |Young Adult, Science Fiction|

24909346Series: Book 2 in The Illuminae Files

Piblished: October 18th 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Pages: 608

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 

My Thoughts

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.


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).

giphy-1Very 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.



❤ – Rakel

14 thoughts on “Review: Gemina – The Illuminae Files #2 by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff |Young Adult, Science Fiction|

  1. I didn’t love Illuminae and definetely won’t be reading this. I was intrigued by how the first book ended and was hoping the next book will continue with that storyline, but without reading too many spoilers, this book is not what I was hoping.


    1. I was so disappointing with this book. If you didn’t love Illuminae its not worth continuing with the series. I’m very curious about book 3, I have the feeling I will either love it or hate it.


      1. I think I’m going to wait until book 3 is published and see the reviews. Then decide if it’s worth continuing.
        I really hope you enjoy the next book. It’s horrible when a book series we love goes downhill


      1. I dont know… I think I’m going to wait for it to come out and see if the same people who were not impressed with Gemina enjoy the 3rd book. I still think Iluminae is a fantastic standalone.


  2. I really liked Illuminae but I *loved* Gemina! It’s so interesting to read your take on it, even though I disagree with almost everything! I thought this book had way more tension than the last, was more action packed, and I loved these characters much more than Kady and Ezra, didn’t think it was insta love at all! Even the triangle didn’t feel like an actual real triangle to me. To each his/her own, it’s always good to read different points of view!


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