COUNTDOWN TO ILLUMINAE SPOILERS: 105 WORDS
Some of you are probably still reeling from the extraordinary, adrenaline-drenched, peace of mind–shredding finale of last year’s Illuminae, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s innovative, pulse-pounding sci-fi epic set across two spaceships fleeing a seemingly random assault on an out of the way mining planet.
Still not recovered? Well, you’re out of time. Because on October 18, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s Gemina will be unleashed (featuring illustrations by YA superstar Marie Lu!)… and you’re about to get emotionally devastated all over again.
No biggie, you might think. You made it through Illuminae, after all.
You think you’re ready.
You’re not ready.
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The Alexander is gone. Kady barely made it off the ship before it and dreadnought Lincoln went nuclear, and she only got away because the “malfunctioning” AI system, AIDAN, decided to help her. And for all you AIDAN fans out there, AIDAN made it out too, housed in a small personal device belonging to Kady. So to recap: Kady, tiny AIDAN, and Ezra are all on board the Hypatia, heading towards Jump Station Heimdall…which has been silent since the attacks began. No one knows what has been happening there.
Which leads us to…
Because, yes—thrillingly—Gemina takes place on Jump Station Heimdall, during and after the events of Illuminae. Just like that book, this story is told through transcripts, emails, chats, surveillance camera footage, and more. It kicks off with the transcript of a tribunal investigating the Beitech Industries attack on Kerenza…which reveals that Beitech is about to attack Heimdall.
COUNTDOWN TO YOU PRE-ORDERING GEMINA: 448 WORDS
While Kady and Ezra are escaping aboard the Alexander (dealing with space battles, the Phobos outbreak, and that pesky rogue AI), we see events unfolding on Heimdall through the eyes of Hanna Donnelly, the badass, utterly capable daughter of Heimdall’s commander, and Nik Malikov, the tatted-up drug dealer who is a member of the ruthless House of Knives. Basically, two extremely sarcastic teens who do not suffer fools and who are very used to ruling their respective worlds.
Yeah, not so much in this book.
Because this is a Kaufman/Kristoff joint. Which means all [bleep]ing hell breaks loose, very quickly. And doesn’t stop. These authors are gloriously, gleefully sadistic with our emotions, and they construct their brutal plots with just one aim in mind: to mess you up. In Gemina, they so succeed. *Maniacal laugh* Rather astonishingly, considering the vast scope and emotional range of Illuminae, that book seems almost compact in comparison to the I-just-can’t-put-it-into-words EPIC MASSIVENESS AHHHH (that’s all I’ve got) of Gemina. Because that is what this book will do to you, people. You will be reduced to a gibbering, incoherent mess by the end of it.
COUNTDOWN TO YOU PREORDERING GEMINA: 241 WORDS
I don’t want to give away anything that happens in this novel. Trust me, it’s better this way. Let’s just say, the Heimdall comes under attack very early on, with something much worse closing in, while something even more terrifying is evolving deep inside the station. And as the countdown to the Hypatia arriving ticks down, the pressure mounts to an unbearable degree.
Yet none of this prepares you for how jaw-dropping and mind-stretchingly WHAAAAT things get in the final act of the book. It’s absolutely stunning sci-fi.
COUNTDOWN TO YOU PREORDERING GEMINA: 142 WORDS
The original pitch for this was Die Hard meets Aliens. Yep. Accurate. And if you’re wondering whether you’ll get more Kady and Ezra (and the Surveillance Analyst), remember, Kaufman and Kristoff did promise that everyone who survived Illuminae would be in Gemina. They weren’t lying.
COUNTDOWN TO YOU PREORDERING GEMINA: 90 WORDS
Gemina is an extraordinary novel on every level. It’s thrilling, visceral, emotional, character-driven storytelling that never, EVER lets up with the tension, the surprises, the escalating stakes, the savage humor and sarcastic one-liners. It’s a really funny book. Hanna and Nik (and Nik’s hacker cousin Ella, aka Pauchok, aka the little spider) are brilliant, cool, hilarious, and badass new characters you’ll immediately care about, and who draw you deeply into the story. You need this book in your life.
COUNTDOWN TO YOU PREORDERING GEMINA: ZERO WORDS.