A fast-paced thriller, a rollercoaster of emotions, Gemina did not disappoint as the sequel to the amazing Illuminae. HIGHLY recommended!!
I'm going to repeat what I wrote about the first book in the series: "Absolutely compelling action and suspense in a wonderfully unusual package. I never wanted to set it down, and now that I'm done I want to keep reliving it." Everything I wrote after that opening (except the plot details) apply as well.
For the first three-fourths of this substantial volume I was ready to knock my rating down a star for too closely following the formula of Illuminae and feeling repetitive, but the authors had plenty of surprises waiting in the final quarter to keep things unexpected and fresh.
And, again, I was looking for excuses to do things that would allow me to keep the audiobook playing. It's a top-notch production.
The bestseller status is well-deserved.
Fast paced and action packed: it's Die Hard meets Star Trek! I can't wait to hear how this all wraps up in the third planned installment. If kick-butt wise-cracking heroines are your thing, definitely check this series out.
I was sure this one couldn't be as good as the first. I was wrong! The unique format and plot make this compulsively readable. I can't say enough good things about the audiobook. Definitely one of the best I listened to this year! My recommendation for the first still stands: listen first and then flip through the book.
I loved the first book in this series, and couldn't wait to read the second. Just like the first book, this novel is told through documents and journals. I love the format, but I love the story even more. This second book was a little harder to get into, as you were starting with two completely new characters and had to learn their background stories. I had wanted the sequel to stay with the original characters from the first book. Fortunately, familiar faces do make appearances though and you do get an idea of what is going on on the Hypatia. Eventually, you begin to tune into the stories of space station Heimdall, and like the first there is a ton of action. Beitech bit off more than it could chew! Nik and Hannah were both likeable characters, and you can't help but enjoy the witty banter between them. Both are smart survivors. At first Hannah was a bit of a pampered princess. She was a bit irritating, but eventually as survival mode kicks in you begin to like her more. With Nik, you know there is more to the story and eventually you get to know the secrets he hides.
Quite possibly better than the first one. It's been a while since I found a book that I want to curl up on the couch or in bed with and not leave until I finished it and my eyes were strained; I'm happy to say this book did just that. Can't wait for the third and final book!
What a rush! So easy to start and not get up for three hours. Propulsive action from start to finish. Outstanding
Brilliant. Great characters and great action, teenage snark that made me laugh out loud, mind-bending science to delight my inner nerd, and an “Alien” vibe. Kaufman and Kristoff are a powerhouse team. Gemina is YA sci-fi at its best.
This. Was. So. Good. I think the only reason it might have been sliiiiiiighly less flat-out awesome than its predecessor, Illuminae, is that the crazy inventive format doesn't feel as fresh and revolutionary when you're reading it for the second time, rather than the first, but that's about it. This was virtually unputdownable (we need to come up with a better word than that dumb one, but it's apt) and I read the entire thing in two sittings. Sci-fi fans need to run, not walk, to check this one out.
This book was amazing. I was disappointed at first that it wasn't the same characters right away as the first one but then it tied in well. And I learned to fall in love with these new characters in their crazy situation. It was just as good as the first one in my opinion.
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