After I finished reading Illuminae, I had every intention of taking a short break before starting the next book in the trilogy, Gemina. But did I? OF COURSE NOT. 😆 If you’ve read my review of Illuminae, you’ll know that I loved it. So on the day I finished it, I broke down and started Gemina.
I usually try to keep my reviews as spoiler-free as possible, but when I’m writing about a series of books, this can be really difficult. The events of this book are directly tied to those that occur in Illuminae, so there will absolutely be spoilers for that book. And in order to fully discuss my likes and dislikes, there will be some spoilers for this book, as well. Basically, if you haven’t read either of these books and would prefer to remain un-spoiled, STOP RIGHT HERE, PLEASE AND THANK YOU. 😬
What I Liked:
- This book was action-packed, and much like Illuminae, the plot revolved around a race against the clock, which worked as a great tension-builder.
- Hanna is pretty much a badass space ninja, and I am here for it. 🙌🏻
- The lamina were HORRIFYING, and I was expecting some twisted nightmares. 😱 Thankfully, there were none. But I think they were an excellent (and obviously very creepy) addition to the book. Sort of like this book’s version of the Phobos outbreak.
- AIDAN’s surveillance footage summaries were entertaining, and it was good to see him again, along with Kady, Ezra, and the other familiar faces aboard the Hypatia!
- The pacing is just as breakneck as the first book, and once BeiTech attempts to seize control of Jump Station Heimdall, it’s hard to step away from the story.
What I Disliked:
- I liked Hanna, Nik, and Ella… but not as much as Kady and Ezra. It took me a while to become invested in their stories, and again, I just didn’t care about the romance. (I’m beginning to think this might just be me… 😅)
- I’m not exactly sure how to phrase this, but I feel like the last 1/4 of the book had a whoooole lot of… death defying? 🤔 In other words, just when you think a character’s dead, no! They’re alive! Wait, no, now they’re for sure dead. NOPE! Wrong again! And so on and so on. I get that this takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride, but it almost felt too perfect, and I found it hard to suspend my disbelief. It was like, “Not only did the seemingly-impossible happen once, but twice! We’re just that good.” 😐 It didn’t feel realistic to me, and it almost seemed heavy-handed, as if the authors definitely wanted all three of the main characters to survive, so despite the ridiculously astronomical odds, all three of them did.
- THAT CLIFFHANGER. HOW DARE THEY? (I know, I know… Obsidio will be out in one week. We’ll get answers soon enough. BUT STILL.)
Overall, even though I had a few minor issues with this book, I think it’s a strong installment in the series, and when I say that I can’t wait for Obsidio, please know it’s a serious understatement and really I’m like
About the Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Other Books in This Series:
Other Books by Amie Kaufman:
Elementals: Ice Wolves
Unearthed (co-written with Meagan Spooner)
These Broken Stars
This Shattered World
Their Fractured Light
Other Books by Jay Kristoff: