Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Review by Lauren
source: copy from BEA16; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: 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 bestsellerIlluminae 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 theHypatia 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.
|This was one of the top books that I wanted to get at BEA and it's actually one of the few that I waited in line for awhile to get. I'm not usually a big science fiction fan but I was so curious about Illuminae last year that I had to check it out. I'm so glad I did because it quickly became one of my most favorite books. Gemina was just as exciting. I didn't realize that this book followed new characters but it was great. It showed what life was like in on Heimdall Station, which is essentially a place to live in the middle of outer space. This book follows Nik and Hanna, who are very different people. Nik is part of a crime family who is doing some secret, illegal things on the ship. As for Hanna, she's what Nik calls "Highness" since she's the daughter of the captain.|
I don't want to go into too many details on the actual events in the book, in case you haven't read Illuminae yet, but you definitely should! This book has a lot of pages but since it's written in such a unique format, it reads really quick. You get instant messages, emails, transcripts from videos, and more. I loved the way Illuminae was written and it's just as exciting in Gemina. It really adds to the overall story and you can feel the suspense while reading!
There is a lot going on in Gemina. There is the aftermath of the first book, getting to know Nik and Hanna, the invasion of their ship, and some other crazy scientific stuff that has your hands sweating and your heart racing. Definitely a must read!