SPOILER FREE REVIEW
Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.com):
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.
Goodreads Rating: 4.65/5 Stars
My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Wow, wow, wow, was that an amazing sequel! This was one of the more sought after ARCs at BookCon, and after finally having the time to finish reading the novel, I understand why. This book gave me a lot of Mass Effect feelings (and made me want to play that game all the time), while also being unique in its own way.
With Gemina, the two authors brought on more scientific backings to support the science fiction aspect of the novel. I took an introductory Astronomy course last year, so it was neat to see that information woven into the novel. Although I won’t say what theory it was that they used – due to spoilers – I will say that it was very well done and I greatly enjoyed seeing it in there! Not to mention, they used the information to their advantage and wove in twists that I didn’t predict coming.
Following Illuminae, we got a new batch of characters in this round. I liked the contrast that we saw between the first book and the second one, character wise. While in Illuminae we followed two characters that had more military and technology backgrounds, in Gemina our characters were fighters. They attacked their problems – literally – head on, and did not shy away from a fight. They protected what they wanted and gave us humor, tragedy, and death along the way. Hanna and Niklas taught me a lot about what it means to be brave and to not back down from fear.
More than that, I really loved exploring the Heimdell Waystation. Having concentrated settings like that can sometimes be constricting for a novel, but in Gemina it made a world of difference to have it be as concentrated as it was. It made way for tenser moments, many, many, many trips through the air vents, and multiple explosions to occur.
Have I mentioned that I love space and science fiction?
And, like the previous novel, my favorite part of the book was the way it was formatted. Although it was 659 pages long, it didn’t feel like that. Reading through a file format usually doesn’t sound fun to reader in normal circumstances, when you’re following a major, futuristic tragedy it is very interesting.
There is one more book to go, and, honestly, I never want this to end. I can’t wait to see justice being served to BeiTech and to see all of our main characters come together to kick some butt!
The Illuminae Files (Trilogy)
“And now, born from the ashes, she’s a warrior in bloodied black.”