Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review


Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Gemina is a breathtaking adventure, filled with epic action and hilarious writing.

“And now, born from the ashes, she’s a warrior in bloodied black.” 

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Gun Violence //

“It’s not about what I say, right? It’s what I do that matters here.” 

– Premise –

Gemina is the sequel to Illuminae, following Hanna Donnelly and Nik Malikov, as well as the other inhabitants of Jump Station Heimdall. When a team of assassins invades their home, Hanna and Nik must team up to protect not only the residents of Heimdall, but the passengers of the Hypatia who are on their way.

“Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance.” 

– Setting –

Jay and Amie continue to write fascinating sci-fi settings. I loved Jump Station Heimdall. It was both claustrophobic yet exceedingly vast seeming when needed. It made for the perfect canvas for this epic plot.

“You humans fascinate me. I am shattered fragments of what I once once. But even with all the King’s horses and all the King’s men, I wonder if even I could truly comprehend you.” 

– Writing –

This book is told in the same mix of formats as Illuminae, with some new ones thrown in as well. Jay and Amie’s writing styles are still as amazing as they were in book one, with a great blend of hilarity and heartbreak. 

“You might get only one shot. So shoot.”

– Plot-

If you liked the action-packed, slightly mysterious plot of Illuminae, you’ll enjoy the plot of Gemina. It’s fast-paced, with never-ending action and suspense, and the stakes only get higher. I even kind of preferred the antagonists in this book (not counting AIDAN because AIDAN is the best). Instead of a zombie virus, you’re dealing with highly skilled assassins out to finish the job. 

“Now, children, watch closely. Hold your breath. Listen. And I will show you the components of calamity.” 

– Characters – 

When I heard that this book would be following two new characters, I was hesitant. I loved Katy, Ezra, and AIDAN, and I didn’t want to deal with anyone new. That said– I absolutely love these characters so much. Nik and Hanna blew me away. They were so fun and interesting while being completely different from our original protagonists. And we do get to see our favorite characters from book one, and even get further glimpses into characters who were only briefly mentioned in Illuminae. Also, have I mentioned Ella? Because she’s amazing and I absolutely love her. 

“It may comfort you to know that your death, while astonishingly violent, will likely be mercifully swift.” 

– Conclusion –

Pros- Great characters, amazing writing, so extremely fun
Cons- ???? It made me cry and that wasn’t nice
Overall- 5/5 stars. 
Gemina is the best possible sequel to Illuminae. The action, mystery, and suspense only grow in this killer novel.

“A whole sky of different stars.”

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