book review Gemina amie kaufman jay kristoff
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Book Review: Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ****

“Now, children, watch closely.
Hold your breath. Listen.
And I will show you the components of calamity.”

gemina amie kaufman jay kristoff

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 Illuminaecontinues 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.

After finishing Illuminae, I immediately jumped into this one. I knew the characters would be different and the story wasn’t a sequel but I didn’t care. I wanted more of the same writing.

Gemina was very entertaining and I flew through it. However, I felt like the characters weren’t exactly what I wanted them to be. Of course we’re thrown into the story at a point where they all have history together. So although the eventual romance feels a bit instalove-ish, the characters have known each other for quite a while before we’re introduced. Still, it felt forced at times.

The story was fast-paced and like I said, I flew through it. I never lost interest, always wanted to know what was going to happen next. Was it as good as Illuminae? Well, I liked Illuminae better but I can imagine that this differs from person to person. For me, it was Illuminae’s storyline that just worked better for me. I was still reeeaally good though, or I wouldn’t have given it four stars.

You know what? Read them and then come back and tell me which one you liked best.

See you then!
(Then we can wait for Obsidio together…)

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