- Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Rock the Boat (20 Oct. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780749813
- ISBN-13: 978-1780749815
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gemina: The Illuminae Files: Book 2 (Illuminae Files 2) Paperback – 20 Oct 2016
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'A truly beautiful novel that redefines the form'(Victoria Aveyard, bestselling author of Red Queen)
About the Author
Amie Kaufman is the award-winning co-author of the Starbound series.
Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of the Lotus War series. They live in Melbourne, Australia.
You can learn more about Amie and Jay at amiekaufman.com and jaykristoff.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
The formatting of book two was a slight cut above book one, with the most fantastic illustrations by Marie Lu. As with ILLUMINAE, the use of digital dialogue, pictures, unusual and creative illustrations enhanced the reading experience. Of course, the words and story itself are what truly makes the book. GEMINA immediately plunges you into your previous knowledge of the Hypatia, Kerenza and uses this to launch a new story focusing around Jump Station Heimdall. Heimdall is the residence of the Commander's daughter and 'princess' Hanna. This entitled prima dona is not stuck up and events cause Hanna to become a fighter outside of the dojo. Her old school buddy Nik, of crime family House of Knives is both her adversary and admirer but Hanna already has a love and romance in Jax who is a young officer in her father's command. What ensues is corruption, attack and larvae. Yes, I did say larvae and believe me, a significant portion of buddy chat was used to debrief on the larvae.
The character development in GEMINA was superb and there were some strong secondary characters that wowed me, such as Ella, the little spider and the cows!! The dialogue was witty and sarcastic, hitting lots of happy buttons for me. The plot twists were all unexpected and quite frankly took my breath away, which is where buddy reading was so helpful. The developing story was engaging, angsty and memorable. For me, this book pipped ILLUMINAE every so slightly in my affections.Read more ›
Perhaps that's why, although I enjoyed Gemina a lot, I started feeling frustrated that the writers hadn't managed to find a plot/characters more different from the first. I kept feeling like I'd read it before. Both books are about a teenage girl with a questionable relationship whose natural abilities help her save the day when the spaceship/station is threatened by a combination of baddies and biology, throw in a bunch of hacking, chases around said spaceship/station, some violent fights won a bit implausibly, lots of banter and deaths that aren't final. There was scope to have characters that felt more different than those in book 1.
The ending was a bit too cliff-hangery for me too, don't mind that in a 0.99 novel but I expect more closure at this price.
Still a great book but wonder if the authors didn't spend enough time brainstorming at the beginning.
It’s been a while since I read Illuminae but, I think that I actually preferred Gemina over it. The plot moved a lot faster and I loved how it showed the parallels that run throughout the book, after a certain point.
I can’t wait to see what else the authors have in store for this world, and just how they’re going to tie everything together.
Reading this series is such an incredibly unique experience. Both books in the series are quite chunky, but I fly through them in a day or two – partly because of the style in which they’re written, but mostly because they are amazing. I got an Alien vibe from this one – so much action, so many twists! Brilliant layout, great humour, a constant sense of urgency, chaos and hope. Again, I don’t feel I can do it justice with my review. I had high expectations going in and Gemina lived up to them, and then some.
Author: Jay Kristoff & Amy Kaufman
Review: Gemina is the action-packed follow-up to Illuminae, a book quite unlike any I have ever read before. A combination of transcripts, reports and IM conversations. We are introduced to a whole host of new characters as well as some old ones. a new setting, but the same heart-racing, page-turning, rollercoaster-ride-of-emotion that I experienced with Illuminae.
Gemina is set in Heimdall, the jumpstation and destination for the refugees from the Kerenza events of book one. Hanna’s father is the resident captain, and Hanna is somewhat pampered, but definitely not to be underestimated. It’s hard to live the high life in a space station at the edge of the universe, but Hanna still wears the latest fashions, dates the most handsome guy, and illustrates her life in her journal. Nik is a member of a notorious crime family, delving (reluctantly) into their underground drug operation (it involves cows and alien parasites, and is one of the most disturbing things you will ever read about, trust me). Their lives have little in common, and their paths rarely cross.
Until BeiTech operatives invade the jumpstation. Their mission: seize the jumpstation, silence the incoming Hypatia crew, and destroy all evidence of the Kerenza attack. Little do they know who they’re going up against. Hanna’s more than a pretty face, and Nik has quite a few aces up his sleeve. But can two teenagers survive against armed militants, alien predators, and a malfunctioning wormhole that threatens to tear space and time apart.
Gemina picks up where Illuminae left off—except from the perspective of some of the people at Heimdall.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This week sees the publication by Rock the Boat of Gemina, the follow up to the spectacular YA science fiction triumph Illuminae. I cannot overstate how fabulous Illuminae is. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kate
This review originally appeared on the Wordpress book blog Words and Other Beasts.
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It was a gift for a friend, but it arrived in very good condition and she seemed very pleased. :)Published 4 months ago by Charis
This is one of those books I read on one day and that is quite something, considering the page count is about 660. I just was not able to put it down, it was just too good. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Secrets of a Unique Mind