Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Rating – 3.5/5

“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. 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.”

I enjoyed Gemina much more than Illuminae and I think this may be down to being familiar with the format in which the story is told.

Although I again didn’t connect with any of the characters, I did like them a lot more in this sequel and I found the story much easier to follow. This book was incredibly tense and I read it much faster than Illuminae as I was more invested in the story. I was constantly trying to guess what happened next as we were presented with cliff-hanger after cliff-hanger. The new information we learned in this book was so interesting and I enjoyed reading about how the characters from Iluminae related to the characters in Gemina.

The ending of this book has set up the next book perfectly and even though I do not love this series, I will definitely be reading the next book as I need to find out how the story concludes.

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