Gemina by Amie Kaufman + Jay Kristoff (non-spoiler review)

Book: Gemina by Amie Kaufman + Jay Kristoff

Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis:

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 Illuminaecontinues 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.


INITIAL THOUGHTS

Illuminae was such a pleasant and surprising read so I decided to continue on with the series!


PLOT

I didn’t like this one as much as Illuminae. I guess I didn’t really like the plot and/or couldn’t connect to the characters as much. I can blame most of that on the formatting, but I really loved the characters in Illuminae and I found it easier to connect to the characters in the first book.

Also, the protagonists dealt with their fear/distress using humour + I get that, not everyone deals the same way. However, I couldn’t help but be a bit frustrated by the repetitiveness of this.

Also can we talk about Marie Lu’s illustrations? How amazing are they? (like I can’t draw to save my life haha)

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EXECUTION

Since I was already used to the formatting, I needed no time to adjust to the style. Again, this formatting style is just so awesome and immersive


CHARACTERS

Hanna: She’s the supposed ‘spoiled princess’ character, but really she’s a fighter and her sense of humour is great haha. There was quite a bit of character growth for her as well.

Nik: Nik is supposed to be the ‘bad boy’, but he’s just a bean honestly. I really didn’t like him at first though. Also why the tropes? Nik kind of reminds of me Ezra in the way he acts/feels towards Hanna, but yet I still like Ezra more because in terms of actual personal development, I felt there was more for Ezra.


A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goodreads here.

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Talk To Me

Have you read Gemina? Is it on you TBR? What about Amie Kaufman/Jay Kristoffs other books? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?


Until next time,

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  1. Oh my god I’m so happy I’m not the only one who didn’t like Gemina as much as Illuminae! The first book still is one of my all-time favorites, BUT I still haven’t continued reading Gemina! (I’m about halfway through and I put it down for a bit). I’m finding it super hard to continue on with the story, especially because I don’t like the characters as much as Kady and Ezra. Great review though!

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    1. Ooh glad you agree! Yes Illuminae was just so good. Yeah, I definitely didn’t like the characters as much, but hope you finish it! I’m currently reading Children of Blood and Bone and after that I’ll probably read Obsidio!

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