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"When the space station Heimdall is invaded, Hannah and Nik must work together to defeat the enemy"--
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf : New York, [2016]
ISBN: 9780553499179
Characteristics: text file, rda

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May 06, 2019

When I first started this book, I guess I wasn’t quite in the right headspace, but when I got back to it, I was sucked in again. Kaufman really is a great author. And listening to this is an amazing way to read it. With all the different narrators and sound effects, it’s really elevated. I don’t know that Hannah and Nick were as likable as Kady and Ezra, but I still enjoyed their dynamic. It has a few really good twists. The end threw me a bit, in a good way. I can’t wait to see how this all plays out.

Apr 14, 2019

It's very rare that the second book in a series surpasses the first. Normally, the sophomore effort feels like a filler story; a prep for the final book in the trilogy. This is absolutely not the case for Gemina- which feels entirely like its own story. It is possible that it took me the whole first book to accustom myself to the story format which is made up of surveillance videos, emails, instant messages and classified dossiers. Like Illuminae, Gemina felt like it was slowly building up to something- with the blood stained journal pages and the count down of X'ed out squad members every so often. Kaufman and Kristoff doubled down here, and instead of AIDAN causing all the trouble, there's an elite kill squad, psychedelic monster worms, an unstable wormhole, and a drone fleet dead set on destroying the Heimdall station. Hanna, Nik and Ella are on a race against time to save as many people on the station as possible, all without being killed themselves. Hanna came across as self-absorbed in the first third or so of the story, but she quickly turned around and became one of my favorite characters, besides Nik, of course.
I think what really bumped the book into the 5 star category for me was the scientific meaning of the word Gemina, and how it tied in with the wormhole and led itself to an original, amazing ending. I won't give it away here, but suffice it to say, I had to read it twice to really grasp the concept- and it relies heavily on theoretical physics. That truly surprised me, and I found it to be very well done, indeed.
I had a lot of trouble putting this one down, and found 100 pages going by without me even noticing it. (I suppose that's a mark of a very well written book!) I'm psyched to read the last installment.

PimaLib_ChristineR Apr 10, 2019

These are great little books. Kaufman and Kristoff have found a formula: external threat, internal threat and a little bit of romance, that works for them. I took a star off because it did feel formulaic, but I guess if it ain't broke...

Again, we're given two characters fighting for their lives but our focus has shifted to the Heimdall station, the place to which the Kerenzan refugees are fleeing. Here Hanna and Nik are thrown together as BeiTech tries to correct their snafus in taking over an illegal mining operation. "KK" (as I like to refer to the authors) use the format of the modern-day epistolary novel to their advantage. Not only does the text reveal our two main characters but it does so with an artistic flair that will rival any graphic novel. It's simply beautiful.

The story is a straightforward adventure a la Die Hard but that doesn't make it any less fresh and fun. In the end that's what this novel is, a beautifully presented diversion.

I know I complained about the e-book of the Illuminae Files but I have to say hard-copy had some issues too. Some of the text in light grey was almost impossible to read. But overall, I'd recommend hard-copy over electronic for this series since some text requires rotating the book. Plus you'll be super strong.

Mar 03, 2019


And I thought “Illuminae” was spectacular. I can’t decide which one I like better now. I didn’t think anything could match book one, but boy, I was wrong. I also thought that we’d still be following Ezra and Kady, and...I was also wrong about that, too. But I did enjoy the new cast of characters (Hanna, Nik, etc.), and seeing all of the characters from “Illuminae” show up again. As always, their chemistry seems to work perfectly, and they were written so well that they almost seemed lifelike. Although I knew it was going to happen eventually, I didn’t quite like the relationship between Nik and Hanna. They just seemed like polar opposites, and even though I’m kind of a sucker for enemy-to-lover relationships in YA (explains why I like “Carry On” and “Heart of Iron” so much...), I didn’t think that this one would work out. But the pair did end up growing on me, and now I love them almost as much as I love Ezra and Kady. <3
Also, can we all take a moment to appreciate Ella? She’s probably my favorite. ////(ツ)\\\\ (I tried.)

As with “Illuminae”, there was clearly so much time, effort, and attention to detail put into this novel. Once again, I felt myself hanging on the edge of my seat, heart thumping in my chest while I rooted for all of the lovable (and sometimes not-so-lovable) characters. One aspect that stood out to me, though, was Marie Lu’s illustrations for Hanna’s journal entries. I’ve always been a huge fan of her work, and the fact that she can write dozens of splendid books AND make equally splendid (and adorable) artwork astounds me. I admire her so much.

If “Illuminae” was A New Hope, “Gemina” is The Empire Strikes Back; it’s got everything that I loved about the predecessor, and so much more. :)

JCLEmmaF Jan 25, 2019

“Donnelly reaches inside her jumpsuit to pull out her lipstick and leans down to scrawl a message on the floor in bright crimson:
Who’s next?
Come play!
HD xoxo”

The Disasters tagline “Space is hard, get a helmet” admittedly wasn’t accurate. That book is more about government and people, in space. But Illuminae’s sequel Gemina? There’s the people- and then there’s space. Impossibly difficult. Helmets were worn and shattered in this book, and what a brilliant journey it is.

spl_merley Jun 28, 2018

This action packed sequel is as full of suspense and storytelling artistry as the first book and it was just as enjoyable. The graphic elements of the book are beautiful and smart, making for a thoroughly enjoyable read. I couldn't help but get caught up in rooting for the main characters and there are plenty of the twists and surprises to satisfy too. I really loved it - brain draining aliens, space stations nowhere, wormholes, multiverse theory, awesome bad guys and some seriously tough good guys too. Looking forward to wrapping up this series soon.

LoganLib_Kirra Mar 26, 2018

Gemina is the exciting sequel to Illuminae that delivers hard punches to your emotions and a feast for your eyes with the unique illustrations and formatting. The writing was hilarious and they have the same suspense building situations but I actually think Gemina is better than Illuminae which is crazy because usually the sequel isn't as good as the first so that just goes to show how fantastic of a writing duo Jay and Amie are.

KHCPL_Mikayla Mar 09, 2018

MY FEELINGS ARE ALL JUST EXPLOSIONS. This is my all-time favorite series, and I'm reminded of just why after I complete my binge while I wait for the final installment. Please read them even if you don't like science fiction all that much- they're so different and such beautifully made books that you just might like it.

Jan 11, 2018

I am not the directed audience of this book, having safely navigated my teen years when transistor radios were the new technology, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The second book in the series, as everyone says, is a fast paced adventure with teen-aged protagonists. The 600+ pages may give you pause, but the multi faceted format make it read more like a 300 page YA novel. Very similar in style to the first book in the series, it still manages to tell a compelling story.

I read the first two books about a year apart, so I was not jaded by the multi format, but I can see how others might find fault with that seeming redundancy. But the story stands on its own, and I am confident that the third book will coalesce the plot lines to give us a very satisfying trilogy. I'm already on the wait list.

Oct 07, 2017

A fast-paced thriller, a rollercoaster of emotions, Gemina did not disappoint as the sequel to the amazing Illuminae. HIGHLY recommended!!

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PimaLib_ChristineR Apr 10, 2019

"You might get only one shot. So shoot. You know who said that?"
The rifle clatters to the bloody floor.
"Hanna *&%ing Donnelly. That's who."

PimaLib_ChristineR Apr 10, 2019

Juggler hits the deck as what's left of his nervous system taps him on the shoulder and informs him he's dead.


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