Last weekend I finished reading Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
Continue on if you’d like to hear my thoughts!
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.
And you know what? It wasn’t that great.
Cue the thunderous rage! I know, I know – I’m sorry! I’ve been seeing this book along with its predecessor, Illuminae, all over booktube and bookstagram. From all the rave reviews, and I admit the pretty covers they both share, I decided to pick them up.
It’s not that I hated it, it’s just that it used the same exact storyline as Illuminae. Kady and Hanna were essentially the same character: badass and attractive teenager. Ezra and Nik were the same character: funny yet charming boyfriend.
And the “twist” at the end was the same as Illuminae. Everyone dies? Just kidding! It was shocking and new when I read Illuminae, but it was boring and predictable when I read Gemina.
Not to mention, the files riddled with black boxes that meant a cuss word was originally there was annoying in both novels. Do teenagers really cuss that much? Shouldn’t someone organizing the overthrow of a major corporation, BeiTech, attempt to be a little more professional and write more obliquely keeping their personal observations to themselves? For example, when watching the camera records, the writer is making comments on how great Hanna’s bod is in her body-hugging outfit. Is that really necessary information to include when you’re sending this up to powerful people to speak out against the crimes BeiTech committed? Maybe that’s just because I have to write professionally at work, but I digress…
Gemina was entertaining, but fell flat when compared to Illuminae. I don’t think I will be continuing any further with this series.
Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this book!