Gemina: The Illuminae Files, Book 2
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Listening Length 12 hours and 33 minutes
Author Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Narrator Carla Corvo, Steve West, P. J. Ochlan Release Date 01 February 2017
Publisher Audible Studios
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
Best Sellers Rank 7,830 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
680 in Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
2,462 in Science Fiction (Books)
6,063 in Children's Books

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4.0 out of 5 stars Teens surviving a shiz-storm in space - Excellent!
By Casey Carlisle on 13 September 2018
Actual rating 4.5 stars.

It has been an age since I was eagerly anticipating a book release – and it just had to be a massive space soap opera! Maybe I’m flashing back to my childhood and the Star Wars days? Anyway, I cracked the cover and started reading ‘Gemina’ as soon as I had unboxed it. I found I was missing the characters from ‘Illuminae.’ We get a few glimpses of them, but this sequel deals with a whole new cast – and there are so many new characters! It took a bit to keep track of them all and focus on what's happening - especially with the format of collated documents.

The story feels slow to start with, and was a little difficult to capture my interest, especially after my disappointment at not reading more about Kady and Co. After I got past the first 100 pages, I settled into the new environment, got to know our protagonists Hanna and Nik, things started to get better and better. The anty just kept getting one-upped. Just like ‘Illuminae’ I was completely engrossed.

Hanna is a real balls-to-the-wall kind of girl. A cross between a pampered princess and an Amazonian. She called to all the joys I have about reading a take-no-prisoners heroine. Only because I wish I could be that kind of person, instead of passing out after one push-up.
I appreciated the humour mixed into the narrative and laughed out loud man many times. Though sometimes it felt forced and unnecessary. But I can understand the characters need to crack a funny – to release tension and teenagers are always inappropriate and the worst of times. But still…

Nik – I guessed his backstory well in advance, something about how he was written gave it away. But I still really liked him, even if he was predictable. If I had to nit-pick I’d say he was the weakest part of the novel.

Ella was cute and reminded me of Iko and Winter from the Cinder Chronicles rolled into one.

The plight of the teens under terrorist attack, a bio threat, wormhole issues, incoming destroyers… it was all enough to reduce you into a puddle of your own making. The tension builds and builds, the pace quickened expertly. For such a large novel, I flew through the last half in a matter of hours. Such an expert mix of action, adventure and science fiction. Even with the mixed format of collated documents, you still got a sense of urgency and multiple points of view which only added to the story.

That ending tough – by the time I got there, I thought anything could happen and wasn’t certain about any predictions… I like to be kept guessing, so the conclusion was simply brilliant. I’m desperately hangry for the next release ‘Obsidio’ to be dropped next year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A spectecular space adventure with twists and backstabbing and excitment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A spectecular space adventure with twists and backstabbing and excitment!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 September 2020
I finished Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff last night.. well dawn.. 4 am, actually!😂😂 I think it sais a lot about a book that I NEEDED to stay up waaaay after my bedtime to finish it!

At first I didn't feel like it's going to be as great as the first book. You know, sequels don't always meet the expectaions. But after some sh*t goes loose and basically our heros' (Hannah, the staiton captain's daugther and Nik, member of a criminal gang, House of Knives) lives turn upside down and the whole situation goes south.. Now then, my friends, begins this spectecular story.

Again we have this spooky, scary feeling all through the book which keeps you on edge all the time. Some really detailed differences between the main characters make the conversations interesting. Then comes some backstabbing, and maybe three or four major turnes in the flow of the events that make you bite your nails and keep you reading at 2 am at night.

My favourite part was when the real scientific theories ( I can't tell which ones as that would spoil things for you) came up and it again brought things closer to me! I'm a nerd so please forgive me that scientific theories excite me!😁

Two thirds of the book was a bit disappointment for me in connection with the format. It was a bit boring and monotone after 1,5 books (not like in Illuminae) but the ending was beautifully constructed! I loved it and it completed the storytelling in a perfect way!

Of course at the ending my heart skipped like three beats and I highly suggest you buy Obsidio before finishing Gemina 'cause maaaan.. Major cliffhanger alert!

I was gaping at the last page for a minute thanking all the deities out thier for the fact that I've already bought Obsidio!😂 Again! I highly recommend this series to everyone!
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Tasha Ní Mhiacháin
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was everything!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 July 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully composed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 August 2018
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C.L Hughes
3.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't live up to Illuminae
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 May 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully formatted, twisty, wonderful story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 March 2017
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