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Gemina (The Illuminae Files Series #2)
     

Gemina (The Illuminae Files Series #2)

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by Amie Kaufman
 

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A New York Times Bestseller

Brace yourself for GEMINA—the highly anticipated sequel to the book critics called “out-of-this-world awesome”featuring journal illustrations by bestselling author Marie Lu!
 
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going

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A New York Times Bestseller

Brace yourself for GEMINA—the highly anticipated sequel to the book critics called “out-of-this-world awesome”featuring journal illustrations by bestselling author Marie Lu!
 
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.
 
Praise for Illuminae:
 
A New York Times Bestseller
A PW Bestseller
 
“Out-of-this-world awesome.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
 
“Stylistically mesmerizing.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
 
“An arresting visual experience.” —Booklist, Starred
 
“A game-changer.” —Shelf Awareness, Starred

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, December 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 5) - Cheryl Clark
Space station Heimdall has been invaded by a special forces team, which quickly takes control of the station and murders its captain. The only ones who can save both the station and the universe are three young people: Hanna, spoiled daughter of the station captain; Nik, an ostensibly tough guy; and Ella, Nik’s brilliant, handicapped cousin. Gemina is less a sequel to Illuminae (Penguin Random House, 2015/Voya August 2015) and more a companion novel. Though it features two new heroes, its genre is exactly the same: science fiction/action/romance. Gemina is an intimidating 600+ page tome; however, it is told through a series of emails, chat room transcripts, diary entries, summaries of surveillance footage, and other ephemeral documents, making it a speedy read but, unfortunately, also gimmicky. The main characters are annoying, snarky cardboard cutouts whose conversations are filled with futuristic slang and nonstandard word spellings. Hanna is an unrealistically talented martial arts fighter; Nik is an obnoxious wise guy and flirt; and Ella is a master hacker whose brilliance stretches the boundaries of believability. Yet, Gemina is still an addictive, page-turning, must-read because the action and thrills suck the reader in completely. Though the authors use gimmicks to attract readers, they are geniuses at keeping readers engaged. If it were not for the page count, it would be a quick pick for reluctant readers. As it is, it will probably appeal to fans of action-adventure stories who do not mind cliché writing. Reviewer: Cheryl Clark; Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
09/01/2016
Gr 6 Up—While the first book in the series, Illuminae, followed the account of the Hypatia, the only surviving spacecraft of the Kerenza colony attack, as it hurtled toward the Heimdall space station for sanctuary, this sequel describes the experience of Hanna, who lives aboard the Heimdall. She is the daughter of the space station commander, and while this remote post is fairly quiet, her world unravels when agents attempt to seize control of the space station in order to destroy it and ensure no witnesses survive. Hanna finds an unlikely ally in Nik, an unsavory gang member who deals "dust" in the space station, as they attempt to defend the Heimdall, save the Hypatia, contain vicious alien creatures, and fix a rip in the space-time continuum. The narrative is presented in a dossier-style compilation of emails, journal entries, diagrams, and transcripts. These documents serve to convey the deeply satisfying story line in a creative and engaging way, making this series an exceptional recommendation for discerning and reluctant readers. The characters are intensely believable, and it will be easy for teens to share in Hanna's losses, betrayals, and accomplishments. Kaufman and Kristoff have woven such an intricate and compulsively readable tale that fans can revisit the text and make new discoveries each time. VERDICT An excellent choice for science fiction lovers as well as those new to the genre; a must-have for library collections.—Paige Rowse, Needham High School Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
2016-07-02
Continuing Illuminae’s (2015) story, Kaufman and Kristoff explore what went down on Jump Station Heimdall while the spaceship Hypatia was trying to get there.This time around, the found-footage–style collage narration (instant messages, radio conversations, video transcripts, diary pages, and the like) is framed as evidence at a tribunal investigating the activities of BeiTech Industries. The station commander’s white teenage daughter, Hanna, and her white drug dealer, Nik, avoid death and capture when a multiracial commando team of BeiTech “auditors” board Heimdall to take over its wormhole (which badly needs maintenance) for a BeiTech drone assault fleet sent to eliminate Kerenza’s witnesses. With lots of sneaking, combat, quick thinking, and the crucial help of Nik’s younger cousin Ella (a quippy, brilliant hacker disabled by a space plague she barely survived), they throw everything they have against their better-armed and -trained assailants. But the drug operation relies on mind-eating, multiheaded, predatory parasites with psychoactive venom, and with the cartel out of action, the carefully tended newborns get loose on the station, and are they ever hungry! Tension snowballs with each new small complication, resulting in a read harder to put down with each page. Despite superficial similarities (protagonists and formatting—not all final art seen) to Illuminae, forward plot motion and surprises right up to the cliffhanger ending keep this its own book. An action-packed thrill ride and stellar head trip. (Science fiction. 13 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553499155
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/18/2016
Series:
Illuminae Files Series , #2
Pages:
672
Sales rank:
1,198
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.50(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling co-authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff met thanks to international taxation law, and soon struck up a writing partnership based on a shared love of blowing things up and breaking hearts. Their first collaboration resulted in the international bestseller Illuminae. Separately, Amie is also the co-author of the bestselling Starbound trilogy, while Jay is the author of the award-winning Lotus War trilogy and the Nevernight Chronicle. They live with their respective spouses in Melbourne, Australia, and are fuelled almost exclusively by caffeine and readers’ tears. You can learn more about Amie and Jay at amiekaufman.com and jaykristoff.com.

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Gemina (The Illuminae Files Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Caitie_F 8 months ago
This book was SO much fun to read. The characters and action live up to the first book. Each voice is so distinct and creative - I love Nik so much. The art is especially amazing in this one - Marie Lu's illustrations add so much to it, I wish there was even more. The one thing i do want to warn reader of is that if you have a vision disability, you may want to read this one on audio. There were some parts that were a little difficult for me to read because of the design (I have limited vision). It only impacted maybe a couple dozen pages, so i'll be getting it in audio as well when I want to reread.
feather_lashes 9 months ago
Gemina is the second installment in co-authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff's YA fantasy series titled The Illuminae Files. These two authors work magic together on the page. It's exciting and engaging and it blew me away. Gemina is action-packed and full of strategy, which I loved. It's intricacies do require the reader to pay close attention though. I made it about 75% of the way through just to start from page one all over again because I was confused and lost. I made sure to slow down my audio speed the second time around to ensure I didn't mindlessly pass by pertinent events. While the horror element completely captured me in the first installment: Illuminae, the action scenes are the highlight of Gemina. Kick@ss heroines are my kryptonite and the female lead in this installment is amazing. I hear that the ebook/paper book editions have visuals which I can't comment on since I listened to the audio...but THE AUDIO!!! Such a great audiobook experience. Highly recommend. I can't wait for the next one! My favorite quote: “And now, born from the ashes, she’s a warrior in bloodied black.”
SheBookedIt 9 months ago
This book was just as beautiful as the first and equally as thrilling. I need the next book, NOW.
lrhubble 10 months ago
Deserves more than 5 stars Futuristic Sci-fi, Young Adult Hanna always knew that when she moved to a space station at the edge of the galaxy it was going to be the death of her social life. What she never thought was that it might actually get her killed. Hanna is the daughter of the Heimdall space station captain. A daughter that has always been pampered. Nik on the other hand is a reluctant member of a notorious crime family. They struggle with dealing with the realities of life on board the galaxy’s most boring space station. They have no idea that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right towards Heimdall with news of the Kerenza invation. An elite BeiTech team invades the station which throws Hanna and Nik together to defend their home. If that wasn’t enough they are also dealing with a malfunctioning wormhole that can rip the space-time continuum in two, and an alien predator that is picking off the crew one by one and all of it before dinner. Now Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their survival but the fate of everyone on the Hypatia and possibly the known universe. They’ve totally got this though, at least they hope they do. This story is just as good as the first book in the series. It will also have readers wanting more from this world now. The characters make for a funny and fast paced story that readers won’t want to put down until the very last page and then they will be mourning that it done. The book keeps the humor flowing well through the whole story but the story will also take the reader on an emotional roller coaster that is jam packed with action that keeps going until the very end of the book. Anyone that reads this book even if they like some of the different genres that this book can fall into, will fall in love with both the series and the characters. It is proving to be an unforgettable series that will end up on the keeper shelves. This is a must read for everyone that enjoys sci-fi, futuristic, or young adult books.
BookHounds 11 months ago
Source: Publisher My Thoughts The Count: 14 GASPS! 18 OMG! 13 OH NOES! 21 YES! 7 YOU GO GIRL! Yes, it was that kind of book. The story follows the point of view of the heroine, Hanna, of the Heimdall station where Kady from the ship Hypatia is heading. The story is told through a collage of emails, texts, IMs and Hanna’s journal entries. Hanna is what seems a first, a spoiled daughter of the elite, but she may have the appearance of a party girl, but in truth has been quizzed and trained as a general by her military father. Nik is the unlikely and unwitting hero at first but it turns out that he has what it takes. Again, the Romeo and Juliette vibe of Illuminae is with us again. Nik is basically a drug dealer who supplies Hanna and her friends with a hallucinogenic made from a lamprey-like slime that his family is growing in some cows near the station reactor. The Beitech corporation is out to wipe out any witnesses to their evil misdeeds and only Hanna and Nik seem to be able to save what is left of the Heimdall crew. With time counting down between the Hypatia docking at the Heimdall and a crew of assassins on the loose, the pair must kill or be killed. Wow – the story just blasts through and I can’t believe how quick it all went. The images drawn by Marie Lu are just spectacular and add so much to the story. I devoured this in 24 hours and sat there stunned because it was that good. The characters are well done and very believable. I don’t even want to admit to that one character I liked at first turns out to be an idiot. Even my favorite artificial intelligence computer makes an appearance towards the end. Parents: there is some violence, a few kisses and this might be your next favorite book, so read it first while the kids are in school and then pass it on. I recommend reading Illuminae first.
Alyssa75 11 months ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Book Two of the Illuminae Files series Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Publication Date: October 18, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Goodness, this book was amazing. I could not stop reading until I finished! I read it in one sitting because there really was no other option. I thought Illuminae was great, but this book was even better. Even better, I tell you! On the Heimdall Jump Station, Hanna Donnelly and Niklas Malikov live two very different lives. Hanna is the daughter of the station captain, which makes her very rich space royalty. Nik isn't registered as a resident, because he and the rest of the House of Knives don't officially exist. They are criminals, and they are drug dealers. Nik doesn't want to be a part of that lifestyle, but HoK is family, and family is everything. But things start to go horribly wrong with a BeiTech team invades the station and effectively kills, corrals, or captures everyone. Hanna and Nik hide and run for their lives, causing chaos as they go. Both refuse to turn themselves in, and both refuse to make it easy. As they piece together the invasion and other strange secrets that come to light, they'll work together to keep each other - and the station - alive. But time is running out for the Heimdall, and the approaching Hypatia. I seriously could not read this book quickly enough. The beginning was a little slow (like, the first one hundred pages or so), but I kept turning pages as the book went on. It's about 650 pages but I got through the story very quickly. Once the invasion occurred, things got crazy. And the "alien" predators business made me want to read faster too. Once the story started coming together and pieces of the story were happening more and more, I couldn't stop reading. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)