Gemina (Illuminae Files 02) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman 

Forget Harry Potter and the Cursed Child the most anticipated sequel of 2016 is Gemina! I was very lucky to win an ARC of Gemina from Rock The Boat a few weeks ago. I was waiting for the end of the month to post my review, to coincide with release day, but apparently Waterstones have already started selling it! 

From the blurb:

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.


Hanna Donnelly is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik Malikov 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 surivival; 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.

I was late to the party in terms of Illuminae, but as soon as I read it I couldn’t wait for the next installment! Speaking of Illuminae- have you re-read it ? I would definitely recommend doing that before starting Gemina. The two stories are separate but linked, so it is a good idea to be familiar with the events of Illuminae so you don’t get confused. 

Hanna Donnelly is the daughter of the Captain of Jump Station Heimdall. She is bright, a kick arse martial arts expert, has a very handsome boyfriend and is a teensy bit spoilt. Her dad buys her everything she wants,so she always has plenty of cash to get her hands on illicit substances from her friendly local drug dealer Nik. 

Nik Malikov is an unregistered refugee on the Heimdall, drug dealer, member of the House of Knives cartel, and part of an infamous crime family. He is also massively in love with Hanna. 

A big holiday celebration is about to take place for Terra Day, prompting Hanna to ask Nik for some recreational substances. When she goes to collect her purchase it coincides with the evil BeiTech Corporation’s incursion. The Hypatia is making its way to the Heimdall, to safety, and to disclose the truth about what happened on Kerenza, but BeiTech won’t let that happen, no matter what the costs…

Oh my goodness! I can’t wait for part 3! This is such a good book – I would give it 6 stars on Goodreads if I could. The format of the book is a collection of emails, instant messages, video and audio transcripts, and has the addition of Hanna’s doodles this time. It takes a bit if getting used to but once you do you fly through the story. 

The characters are usually the best part, Hanna is a strong female character, and when the evil BeiTech Special Ops team try to take her out they seriously underestimate her abilities. It reminds me of You’re Next. Love that film. 

Nik is hilarious, but he has a hidden past and has a lot to cope with throughout the book. 

Possibly my favourite character is Nik’s cousin Ella A.K.A The Spider. She is a the technical whiz kid who saves the day many times. 

The book continually surprised me, it twisted quite a few times and went somewhere I was not expecting.  And OH MY GOD THE COWS !!! (All Caps). 

One of the most unintentionally funny parts of the book concerns a song that plays throughout the ship on a loop. The artists manager has infected the ship with a harmless virus to make it play everywhere as a means of promoting the song. It’s by Lexi Blue and is called I Wanna Lick Ya (Lollipop). Jay & Amie were not aware that there is actually a singer called Alexi Blue. Hilarious. The song plays throughout the whole book irritating the hell out of people.

I also found BeiTech’s abbreviation, BT, funny as in the UK this is the name British Telecom goes by. It kept referring to BT being evil… ha ha ha ha. 

My copy of the book was an ARC so the majority of the artwork had not been finished, but it was still an immensely enjoyable read. I have pre-ordered the final book, but I think it is available from Waterstones now for £8.99. READ IT

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Let me know if you will be reading this book in the comments and which book was your most anticipated release of 2016.

Cheerio!

Stephani Xxx 

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