GEMINA BY JAY KRISTOFF AND AMIE KAUFFMAN
“Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance.”-Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
Author: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Published: 18th Oct’2016
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Publisher: Rock the Boat, an imprint of One world Publications
My rating: 5/5
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.
Hanna is the captain’s pampered daughter. Nik is the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. While the pair are struggling with the realities of life abroad the Jump Station Heimdall, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right towards them carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
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 date of everyone on the Hypatia – and possibly the known universe – is in their hands.
But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
Gemina raises the stake of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.
“Apparently she’s got revenge on her mind, and it’s really annoying when people try to talk at you while you’re feeling murderish.”-Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
The second installment of the illumine files series, Gemina has been stated to be the best part of the trilogy by several coveted book reviewers. I cannot be the judge of that, having not read Obsibio, but it was handsdown one of the best Sci-Fi Fantasies I’ve ever read.
The book exceeded my expectations and was a whole package. It will be easier for me to list out the things that the book did not offer as there will be none to name on that list. Do you imagine me screaming yet?
Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman have a very unique writing style and I feel like they take it up a notch every time they come together to write another mind-blowing series for us to lose our shit on. (Yes, I’ll be using some subtle swear words in this review. You cannot do a Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman review without swear words. So F*** the censorboard for this one and roll with it. )
So if I haven’t made it clear yet, I loved every f***ing thing about the book. Now that we’ve established that, let’s jump right into the review!
The book, as the name of the series suggests, is a file of the unfolding of a case involving BeiTech which did something terrible and tried to cover it up but failed miserably (as far as we know and assume because never trust these authors to stick to the obvious).
The book starts with the prosecution of Leanne Frobisher, executive director of BeiTech regarding the unbelievable crimes that she commited with a request to review the illuminae files.
The story then picks off at the Jump station Heimdall with our badass Hanna Donnnlly, the daughter of the chief of the station who’s in love with Jackson Merrick and in touch with a drug dealer Nik Malikov(book boyfriend made!!!) , preparing for the Terra day celebrations!
The book is basically a collection of texts(whisperNET), cctv footage reviews, plampad exchanges (special off the network messaging service), Hanna donleys’ amazing illustrated journal, Emails and recorded audio footage from coms. Actually, it has a lot of other things but I’m too elated to gather everything atm.
I do not think I’ll find a more interesting or creative writing style elsewhere in my life. It basically feels like a graphic novel meets scifi fantasy meets the best mind-blowing story ever. (I know I don’t make sense but read the book and I will start to make sense or rather we will start not making sense together :p)
We are also introduced to Nik aka the drug dealer’s cousing(cuz) Ella Malikova and a few other characters. The few other characters also include a particular parasite called Lamina that Nik’s uncle breeds in cow brains to make a drug to sell off for recreational purposes.
The Lamina are such an interesting touch to the story. There are so many things that feel irrelevant or like fillers but in the end everything, everything comes together. There are so many hints in the story leading to the end that you will realise once you keep reading and run back to that page to re-read.
As the blurb says, the BeiTech sends a fleet of its officers of various ranks to take care of the problems on jump-station Heimdall and it’s up to Hanna and Nik to fend them off. And boy do they make an interesting job of it!
I did not see ups and downs to the story. It was an upward curve for me. As I kept reading it, everything shot up. My excitement, my anxiety, my laughter (because teenagers in 2075 are witty apparently) , my want to reach the end and find out what happens and my sorrow (if you’ve read their books you know that they can kill anyone, like anyone).
Well, the thing is, you feel like after the authors put in so much into the book, the ending will be plain. But no! They do not stop. The excitement from the twists I’ve felt in the last 20 pages was no where near in comparison with what I felt in the parts leading up to them. And that ending! What an ending man! Now this is what is called as giving your fans everything and secretly taking it away without them noticing.
With so much happening, my brain has automatically rated the book – 5/5 stars. (Only my third one this year y’all)
Why is the book called Gemina? How does the book link itself to the first part of the series? Who dies? Who lives? To find out a few insights into these things, read my spoilers underneath but make sure you either have read the book or are okay with spoilers becasue this is a warning.
“Now, children, watch closely. Hold your breath. Listen. And I will show you the components of calamity.”-Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
Okay y’all! I am not sure if I should even be allowed near anything remotely fragile right now because I’m jumping with joy from all the developments and surprising twists that took place in this book. Let me list out the ones that blew my mind.
1. AIDAN is back and he’s a frenemy as usual (ikr, I was squealing too). So he isn’t announced exactly, he just starts reviewing CCTV footage and it felt oddly familiar but I read illuminae almost half a year back and I couldn’t comprehend. Once this was revealed, holy shit.
2. Jax aka Jackson Merrick is not who he claims to be. He’s a double agent whose actual name is Rapier (middle name) and he works for BeiTech. I almost had a crush on him but then I hated him so much. But he does redeem himself in the end by helping Hannah escape. I forgive you, Mr. Rapier!
3. There is an alternate dimension. That’s what the GEMINA PARTICLE signifies. Something related to the alternate dimension. I’m too dumb to quantify this but if anyone else has more insights, kindly share with me. So when Nik dies, it broke me. And then Kady enters and tells Hannah that they are receicing two transmissions where the other one claims to be Nik and announces that Hannah is dead. So the head of Heimdall realises that this is an alternate dimension and well, MIND BLOWWWWN.
4. AIDAN helps them restore the inter-dimensional balance and also manages to save all of them. (Who ever is left that is!)
5. A good addition was the BeiTech team members profiles being X’d out each time they’re killed. It felt like an achievement somehow, even though I had nothing to do with it.
I think I covered the parts that indulged me the most from the most indulging book ever. Let’s talk about the main characters.
HANNA DONNELLY: There will never be enough bad ass female characters in our bookish world and Hanna Donnlley is definitely one of them. After giving us Kady Grant in the first book, the authors made sure to satisfy our hungry for more action packed female leads with Hanna. She’s a teenager who has a fairly normal life that any teenager of a rich and powerful dad (not that I would know how it feels like but roll with it). She gets her over priced designer space suits and has a cute boy friend but when a storm hits in the form of invaders, she puts her best foot forward and does everything in her power to survive and also save the other survivors.
NIKLAS MALIKOV: Ugh! The cute and awesome and sexy and amazing and wonderful Nik! He’s a drug seller and a murderer to start with but in the end we find out that he went to the prison covering for his younger brother. We learn that is the sweetest guy trying to done a negative face (actually he wasn’t trying, but I felt like he was or may be the authors were painting him that way) but he is hella romantic and badass and very spontaneous. It killed me when the authors killed him. But hey, he’s back and can I kiss him already?
ELLA MALIKOVA: The mastermind! The spider! The best example for making the best of what you have. She might have taken that statement up a lot of notches with all her talent that makes up for her inability to walk. I’m in love with her. When we were kept under the impression that she died, I gasped. It was not fair at all. I hated it. But then she comes back and what a come back! She’s amazing and I’m glad she has Nik for a brother. They’ll need each other now that they’re all that’s left of their family.
JACKSON MERRICK: Hanna’s journal entries made me fall in love with Jax. He was the ideal boyfriend. I so wanted to go on a date with him but well, he was a double agent. He was the reason why Heimdall was easily hijacked by the BeiTech team and I somehow had the hunch in between becasue he was able to contact Hanna every now and then even after the communications were down. But he does redeem himself by sacrificing his life to make sure the others get off safe. I guess I don’t hate him anymore.
“You might get only one shot. So shoot. You know who said that?”
The rifle clatters to the bloody floor.
“Hanna FUCKING Donnelly. That’s who.”-Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
Reasons to pick up the book:
1. Best everything! Ever!!
2. Amazing descriptions of the ships
3. It’s in 2075, so hello future
4. Really witty writing
5. The fight sequences are amazeballs
6. Clever writing
7. Aidan is back!!!
8. The Gemina Particle (I’m not revealing what it is because it’s the best part of the story according to me)
9. The love stories are subtle but cute
10. Best badass female characters
11. Amazing twists and surprises
1. The deaths will give you heatattacks (They kill everyone you start liking, these authors, they are heartless)
2. Drugs, violence and murders may be triggering
3. You will waste all your time reading this book, you won’t be able to stop (trust me, I tried)
“If you were to create a piece of art, what would the subject be?
I haven’t met her yet. :)”-Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff