Original Title: Gemina
Year Published: 2016
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Number of Pages: 672
First Sentence: N/A
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
The saga that began with breakout bestseller Illuminae continues aboard Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s assault. Hanna is the station commander’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 crew 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.
I absolutely love these books. They are so much fun to read and although I assume that others have created similar books like these, with the emails, notes, etc, it feels super original. The combination of Kaufman and Kristoff is obviously a very successful one and I hope they write more books together in the future.
In this book, we get new characters although some from the first book also play parts. I loved what the authors did with the characters in this book. Hanna, who first appeared as a spoilt fashionista and a daddy’s girl, turned out to be super hardcore as well as all those other things. Nik, who first appeared as a mobster, a bad boy and somebody not backing away from violence also turned out to be what I affectionately call a marshmallow. Though on the outside, soft on the inside. I must also mention Ella, Nik’s cousin, like a little mouse and a badass hacker that could outwit anyone. Brilliant characters.
The plot was just amazing. Structurally it is a repetition of Illuminae, but it still manages to be its own book. It was action-packed, also filled with some really clever stuff, and also had a lot of different types of relationships represented (familial, romantic, friendship). It had several plot twists that I never could have guessed, like the identity of the bad guy (mind blown!). Absolutely loved it!
Do I recommend it?
Hell yes! Such a brilliant book.
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