Book Review: “Gemina” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | Spoiler-Free

Hello! Today I am coming at you guys with a spoiler-free review of one of my very favorite books of this year! Gemina is the sequel to Illuminae and believe it or not, I liked it even more. And they are both out of this world fabulous. Like if you haven’t read Illuminae yet, what are you doing? Read it! If you are interested in my spoiler-free thoughts on Illuminae, that review is up. Fun fact: my review of Illuminae was the first spoiler-free review I ever did! And just a warning: this review will spoil the events of Illuminae, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, I suggest you leave, go read it, and come back and we can discuss! But moving on, let’s just go ahead and get into the review.


“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 theHypatia 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.”

The Format:

Like Illuminae, this book is uniquely told. It is unlike any other book series I have ever read. The story is told through files, emails, IMs, transcripts, and schematics! Amie and Jay even upped their game by adding in the journal aspect, all of which were done by Marie Lu, the author of the Legend trilogy and The Young Elites trilogy. This format allows you to go places a traditional style book wouldn’t allow you to go, which is what makes it so appealing and it is definitely my favorite part of the book.

My Thoughts:



*breathes* I will try to be chill.


This story is one of the best, if not the very best that I have read this year thus far. Its the most complex thing ever and it is epic. From the get-go, it is nothing but action. Just know that it is fantastic and mind-blowing. It is fabulous. It is unique. It is heartbreaking and soul-wrenching. It will tear you apart just to put you back together. It is literally so hard to describe without spoiling it. Just know it will blow your freaking mind.

You immediately connect with all of the characters. Some characters you really love, you end up having mixed feelings about. Characters you were pretty apprehensive about, you end up loving to pieces! They are all very complex and dynamic and well-thought out. I loved their different personalities and how they clashed and came back together. It was super refreshing to see such dynamic characters. We usually see the same type of characters in YA, but these characters were some of the best that I’ve read about in a while.

The format of this book was even better than that of the last book. So much more was introduced. It was super cool to see the artwork of Marie Lu. She is an artistic genius! I loved all of the IMs and emails and files and just how you got to know each character with this format. You get to see the story in a different light. You get duped into a lot of things because of the dynamics of the story and the unique way it is told.

This book is so fast-paced (in the best way ever) and so action-packed, that it is literally impossible to put this book down. I AM SERIOUS. I read this book, being almost 700 pages, in TWO DAYS. If I didn’t have class and didn’t have to go to sleep, I would have stayed up all night reading it that first day!

If I haven’t given you a fantastic reason to pick up this book, then I do not know would be one. GO DO YOURSELF A FAVOR. READ THIS BOOK.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was the crazed and erratic thoughts of an Allie who had just consumed over four hundred pages in just a couple of hours. Don’t worry. I don’t think she will come out again. She is pretty exclusive to the Illuminae Files series.

5/5 hearts

And that was my review of Gemina. What is your favorite thing about the format of this series? I just love the way we get to know each character through all of the IMs. We can see their personality very clearly. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.


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