★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Gemina By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
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 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.
Review: I’M SCREAMING. What is this ending? I swear to god if I had to wait for the 3rd book I would tear my head off.
After reading Illuminae, I really wasn’t sure whether I was interested in finishing the series, but WOW am I happy I decided to pick up the second book. I forgot how intense the plot is in this trilogy. Somehow being told through chats and video transcripts takes nothing away from the drama or description. It even seems to build anticipation for what’s to come next.
Through all the pain, sacrifice, and exhaustion that characters are going through, they somehow manage to be sarcastic and clever. They never miss a beat when pulling a joke or making a witty comeback. Maybe not exactly realistic considering their circumstances, but definitely an entertaining read.
I need to get my hands on a copy of Obsidio ASAP. I’m seriously hooked on these characters and need to find out what happens next.
Bottomline: If you’re into science fiction novels written in a unique perspective, this is the series for you. Start off with the first in the series, Illuminae, and once you’ve been sucked into this universe, move on to Gemina. A new band of characters keeps the story fresh and interesting, while the writing style and ridiculous (yet fun) storyline stay relatively familiar.