Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Challenge #18 ~ “A really long book (600+ pages).”


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I had absolutely fallen in love with Illuminae (including Kady, Ezra & AIDEN), so Gemina was obviously the next book I had to read. Imagine my heartbreak when I discovered it was instead a tale of a different spaceship with different characters. “But what about the cliffhanger from Illuminae? What is going to happen to Kady?” To go from this disappointment to 5-stars in just over a day, Gemina has to be a game-changer. (It is. Read it.)

Although Gemina is not a direct sequel from Illuminae in terms of characters, and is set initially at the same time, it is not one of those that loosely bases itself in the universe as a way to exploit a successful book/series further. Instead, Gemina offers insight into events on the Heimdall (that beacon of hope for survivors on Hypatia in Illuminae!) Having established a strong plotline, setting and allowing the reader to connect with the characters on board the Heimdall, Kristoff & Kaufman introduce the characters from Illuminae in an intriguing sequel bursting with something new but staying true to that something old.

Once again, Kaufman & Kristoff tell the story through a dossier of chats, emails, diary entries and other peculiar artifacts, and once again they make this work as well as any prose could. In an enthralling read, Gemina adds another layer of complexity to the bigger picture over BeiTech’s campaign, concluding its own story whilst leaving the reader on the edge of the seat as far as the wider series is concerned. I, for one, can not wait for the third installment…

Recommended for fans of:

  • Titanic 2020: Cannibal City by Colin Bateman
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • Apollo 23 by Justin Richards

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