Book Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This is my favorite book in the Illuminae Files (so far. #Obsidio) I think I love this one more because of the characters. The plot is pretty similar, but the characters are so vastly different that it works. I cannot wait to see what these guys do in Obsidio.
Speaking of, they just announced tour dates for the US today! They announced Australia a few days ago, and it’s already sold out! I hope everyone who gets to go has a fantastic time.

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.

Hanna Donnely is a badass. She is popular, pretty, proficient in most forms of martial arts and knowledgeable about war strategy and heroes. She and Kady will be unstoppable in Obsidio. They will have a sass-off, I’m calling it now. But not in a girls-against-girls kind of way. In a This-is-funny-lets-keep-doing-this kind of way.
Nik Malikov is one of my new favorite characters. And given that Jay Kristoff said he looked like Bellamy Blake from The 100 doesn’t hurt either. (That was the picture used. If you want to read his mini interview, go to the Gemina Goodreads page link below and it is the first comment on the book.)
He is from a crime family, loves his cousin to death, and is all tatted up. He also happens to be Hanna’s drug dealer. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ He has much more screen time than Ezra did which is why I think I like him more.
Ella Malikov is Nik’s cousin. Paralyzed from the waist down and on an oxygen mask, she spends her time on the computer, hacking and coding. She is smart, funny and fiercely protective of Nik. She also makes fun of him a lot too. He doesn’t get away that easily. 

It is pretty similar to Illuminae. On a ship, bad guys come for a murder-y visit, the good guys have to fight the bad guys that are crawling all over the ship, and then escape the ship from certain doom. But it is so much more. There were a few plot twists at the end like BAM BAM BAM and I nearly had a heart attack from how surprised and outraged I was. I couldn’t believe the authors would DO something like that. And that. And that.
It still had the same style of writing as Illuminae, with all of the files and emails and texts. My favorite parts to read were the group chat texts between the three of them and the in person conversations between Hanna and Nik. And one of my favorite parts of the book was explaining the flower for her (I won’t spoil it, but if you’ve read it, you know) and when she is talking with Jackson over comms while Falker is with him and she is setting the traps. It was so cool!

Goodreads links: IlluminaeGeminaObsidio
Illuminae Links: AmazonBarnes and NobleBook DepositoryAudible
Gemina links: AmazonBarnes and NobleBook DepositoryAudible
Obsidio pre-order links:AmazonBarnes and NobleBook Depository Audible

NOTES: These books are 10x better read in physical format rather than kindle. The formatting doesn’t fully complete to the screen size, and it gets pretty hard to read because it’s so small.

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