Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff *Spoiler Free*

And within the computer’s innards, a spreading cancer. A self-replicating corruption. A B-pop mutiny of bass and drum and oscillating frequency. Inane quasi poetry glorifying a pointless act of intimacy
— Gemina

Paradoxes....

Prisms....

Alternate Universes....

Physics....

Space/Time Continuum....

Wormholes....

All of the above....

These spatial frameworks make up the complexities of 'The Illuminae Files' series!! I am huge fan of the first book in the series, Illuminae, mainly because of the unique format but also because the narrative is just smart in its approach to telling a story about relationships, rivalries and betrayals amidst impending doom in the realm of space. I was so fortunate to meet Amie & Jay at BookCon on my birthday. Not only did I get birthday wishes, but they signed 'Illuminae'. I also received a 'Gemina' ARC and I am just now reading it LOL. I do have the published version as well because I wanted Marie Lu's gorgeous illustrations. 


Oh hai!! I haven't blogged in almost a month, but here we are LOL. Back to the topic at hand. I buddy read Gemina with my bestie  @teariffic.reads and although we both enjoyed it, we both agreed, that we didn't love it as much as Illuminae. I was curious to see how the relationship between the two main characters in the first book, Kady and Ezra, would develop in Gemina, but to my surprise there was the introduction of six new characters. 

Kady and Ezra were introduced towards the end of Gemina, but the resurgence of these two characters seemed very random and disconnected from what was happening in the story.  Here's a synopsis:


Synopsis:

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.
 


There were quite a few surprises in terms of the plot. In fact there were a multiplex of plots because of "alternate universe" scenarios which made things EXTREMELY confusing but still kept me intrigued. I am not a fan of Hanna, the main character. She is a spoiled, bratty, self centered piece of work seemingly crushing on two characters, Nik and Jackson, and who subsequently expects both of them to do as she says at all times. This high expectancy is birthed from her being the daughter of a high ranking commander. I will admit there are similarities she shares with Kady that made my beginning impressions of her shift a bit. She is fearless towards the end of the story and, in the same tone as Kady, left me with so many questions.


The two characters I like the most are Nik and AIDAN, the Artificial Intelligence program. Nik is confident, funny and sarcastic. My feelings about him versus Ezra are quite opposite. Where Ezra was forlorn with Kady in Illuminae, Nik is unabashed and snarky with his feelings for Hanna. It makes for entertaining correspondence between the two of them.

The transcribed thoughts of AIDAN are my favorite. If you read Illuminae then you're aware that AIDAN destroyed the Copernicus under the guise of "sacrifice a few to save many." In my opinion, AIDAN is the consciousness of humanity. What do you believe and what don't you believe? Will what you believe or don't believe save you or others? Green or blue pill? LOL *insert The Matrix* AIDAN forces every character to reassess, rethink why they are who they are, why they think the way they think and how those factors effect every decision they make in terms of saving the universe from folding in on itself.


 
Gemina BY Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff PUBLISHED OCTOBER 18, 2016 GENRES: FANTASY, YOUNG ADULT FICTION, SCIENCE FICTION PAGES: 659 FORMAT: PAPERBACK SOURCE: ARC PACING: {5/5}

Gemina BY Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
PUBLISHED OCTOBER 18, 2016
GENRES: FANTASY, YOUNG ADULT FICTION, SCIENCE FICTION
PAGES: 659
FORMAT: PAPERBACK
SOURCE: ARC
PACING: {5/5}

 

Overall I enjoyed reading it especially with my bestie. Reading these books is unlike any reading experience I've had. I HIGHLY recommend it. Gemina, like the first files, is an excursion, but I was disappointed that Gemina did not pick up where Illuminae left off. However, there is an epic fight scene. Probably one of the most brilliantly written fight scenes I've read so with this my rating is a 3.5. 

My Rating: {3.5/5}