Date Published: October 16 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Length: 659 (hardcover)
Source: won in a giveaway (arc)
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 saga that began with Illuminae continues on board the space station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s 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 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 may 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.
DISCLAIMER: this is a sequel to Illuminae and therefore there may be spoilers from that book. Read at your own risk.
Like its predeccesor, I really really loved this book. This series has a uniqueness that can’t be rivaled with, and I just love it.
I was kinda bummed however that the main characters we focus on are not the beloved Kady Grant and Ezra Mason, but Hanna and Nik are just as good and interesting to read about, and I grew to like them too. But fear not! We still see Kady, Ezra and even A.I.D.A.N and when they do make an appearance, it is awesome!
This book jumps right in from the beginning. I for the most part was on the edge of my seat while reading it even though its quite a long book. Along with the usual formats of the text used in Illuminae, Gemina adds a couple other different ones which also fit the overall reading experience.
On that topic, like Illuminae, the reading experience is very unique and just awesome. Paired with the different format of the book, there is snark, humour and a couple pop culture references to make it even better (they made a Star Trek reference and that bumped my liking of the book from like 100 to 500). Like any good book, it plays with your emotions and you will find yourself laughing, crying, scared, relieved and so on. This will also make you hate Beitech even more than you did in the last book, but what’s new?
I quickly mentioned the characters before, but I’ll talk a bit more about them. Like Kady and Ezra, Hanna and Nik keep you entertained the whole time. There are other side characters that I also loved reading about, namely Ella (she’s super awesome) and a couple others. Let’s just say that Hanna’s and Nik’s relationship dynamic is definitely not boring, especially when there is Hanna’s boyfriend in the picture (I don’t consider this a spoiler, you learn about it in like the first few pages).
It’s obvious what I’m going to rate it and I really can’t wait for the sequel. Like Illuminae, it leaves you hanging and unlike last time, I have to wait a year before the next one comes out #booknerdproblems.
It’s definitely a 5/5 stars, and if you haven’t already picked it up – what are you waiting for!?