Book Review: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

Posted December 8, 2016 in 5 Star Ratings, Book Reviews / Leave a comment!

Book Review: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)Gemina by Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Genres: Young Adult, Sci Fi
Maturity Level: YA - some mature content
5 Stars
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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.


Gosh. This book was just as good, if not better, than the first book. I can’t even explain to you why. There were problematic parts but I was just SO entertained the whole way through that I couldn’t help but give this book five stars. There wasn’t a single chapter that wasn’t filled with action. I found that this book even had a few horror elements (the gross worms if you’ve read it) which I actually liked even though I was terrified. It was nothing too horrible this is a YA book after all.

I feel like the format of this book was less exciting this time. We’ve seen it already in Illuminae so it was just something I was expecting in this book. I can tell you that’s it’s easy to read. I’ve heard some people express some concerns about how it must be hard to read something that’s not your typical book format. I personally found it really easy to read and I really enjoyed reading it because it was so much quicker. Those tiny little details that you don’t often care about aren’t there so it’s much quicker to get to the juicy parts.

Basically the entertainment value in this book beat out everything else about it.


I think this book was a teeny bit predictable at some points. Other times the logic behind some things were way over my head. I still enjoyed reading it though and the ending itself wasn’t predictable which I was happy for.

Also I was NOT a fan of the creepy worm things. They were terrifying and I could have done without them.

This book also lacks in the character development a little bit but that’s because of the format it’s written in so I didn’t really mind. Plus there’s so much action happening in such a short period of time that I don’t think much character development is even possible.


I’d recommend this to any young adult sci fi lovers. There’s so many sci fi elements packed in there with that action that you won’t be able to put it down!


An epic sequel just as good as the first! If you like action packed sci-fi then this is a great choice for you!



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2 responses to “Book Review: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

  1. Great review! I actually liked Illuminae better, and I agree parts of Gemina were predictable. However, both books are really beautiful and creative,and I can’t wait for the next installment.

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