Review: Gemina

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Goodreads 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 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.

I really enjoyed the first installment of this series, Illuminae, but I am always hesitant when new characters are introduced into a series. I saw Kristoff assured readers that Kady and Ezra from the first book would be very present in this, well no. They were there for about the last 75 pages, as acting characters. As we are dealing with Kady’s dad in this story for a lot of the time though you could say she’s there in spirit.

I didn’t really like Hanna at the start of this. She’s spoiled, obsessed with her handsome boyfriend, and a party girl. Nik was interesting from the start though and I enjoyed his snark, honesty, and relationship with his cousin.

Once the action starts to pick up though we start to see how capable, intelligent, and caring Hanna is. And let me tell you, there are two major plot twists that had me going “WHAT!!” which was so much fun. And the body count, while less than in Illuminae, is still pretty high in this one, but at least we know who our enemy is and why they are there. Our secondary enemy though was a really interesting aspect, and super creepy.

I really enjoyed watching the dynamic between Hanna and Nik, they start the story as a dealer and his customer, become unintentional allies, and then become maybe something more. They are the only hopes to save as many lives as possible, and while helping each other through this impossible task they go through emotional and physical stressors that only the other will understand and provide each other comfort and motivation to keep pressing forward with their goals.

While the romantic relationship between Hanna and Nik isn’t as stable as that of Kady and Ezra, I think it has potential to solidify in the last book. Neither one of them are the shallow stereotypical characters we think them to be at the start of the book, and I never felt that Hanna and her original boyfriend had more of a connection beyond a physical one. The Sci-Fi and action elements of this book though are top notch, it was so much fun and fast paced.

I am very much looking forward to finishing this series, and can’t wait to see how the motley gang gets themselves out of this last mess BiTech stuck them in.

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