GEMINA Blog Tour: Review

Posted September 23, 2016 by sophie in Blog Tours / 0 Comments

GEMINA Blog Tour: ReviewGemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 18th 2016
Format: ARC
Also in this series: Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Source: Publisher Provided
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5 Stars

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”   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.

Praise for Illuminae:
; A New York Times Bestseller A PW Bestseller
“Out-of-this-world awesome.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“Stylistically mesmerizing.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
“An arresting visual experience.” —Booklist, Starred
“A game-changer.” —Shelf Awareness, Starred
From the Hardcover edition.

When the publisher contacted us for a review of GEMINA, my hand flew up so fast that Amber and Pixie (co-owners of Page Turners Blog) felt the air reverberate across the state lines that separate us. ILLUMINAE was hands down one of my top 5 favorite books of last year (link to my review). So, I dove into GEMINA expecting the same style of storytelling and Amie and Jay did not disappoint. HOLYMOTHEROFALLSEQUELS. When I mention tension in a story from now on, I’m going to use this as an example.

The story introduces us to two new characters, the spoiled daughter of the commander, Hanna and her drug dealer/crime family member, Nik. They simply jump off the page and are instantly so very believable that you don’t ask the usual questions of “why should I care about them?” and “where the heck is Kady? You are just thrown into the midst of their world, and you will find yourself adapting to it rather well. Part of the cleverness of Amie and Jay is how they’ve layered the characters. Not only is Hanna a pampered princess, but she’s also quite practiced in martial arts and clever at strategy (early on, you see her beating her father in a strategy game as well as taking down an officer just to get what she wants). She is also faithful about keeping a journal, which only adds glimpses into her backstory. And Nik, well, he may be a sly mob boy, but he can banter his way out of a number of sticky situations. The initial conversations between the two of them are filled with snark. It’s just the kind of romance that makes my heart sing.

Although there is not a lot of singing, because my poor heart was pounding for most of the 672 pages of this story. (Quick aside: yes, that seems like a lot of pages and it is. But, the pages are often diagrams or are formatted as messaging conversations, emails, interviews, transcripts and the words just fly by.) You will not notice the length of this book because you will be so wrapped up in this truly tension filled story. My favorite character in the story was Nik’s cousin, Ella. She’s the cyber-hacker-extraordinaire and just the person Hanna and Nik need to help them survive the cold, murderous precision of BeiTek’s attack. Then there’s the matter of mutant eel-like things being let loose on the ship. I won’t even mention the annoying malware propagated pop song that appears in elevators, alarm clocks and even during fights. If this doesn’t make sense, it will once you read it.

Don’t worry, when you think Amie and Jay may be moving the plot along at a brisk clip, they will throw you for a loop and then another and another. Wait, there may be just one more loop left. My favorite one involves some old characters from ILLUMINAE. You’ll see, because you really do need to pick up this sequel. This is one of the easiest 5 out of 5 star ratings I’ve ever given. Bravo, Amie and Jay, BRAVO! May they keep writing together for a good, long time. This is one story that needs to be on everyone’s Fall Must Read list.

5 Stars

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