It's been very hard to restrain myself from buying the next in the series on kindle (and damn it only costs 6 bucks at that!). Instead, I'll trying to wait until I can get to my local bookstore. I just need the whole series in the flesh! I am very sad this series is over. It has been a unique and astounding ride and I hope to see lots more new material from both authors. Highly recommended, all of this series isn't pretty much 5 stars for nothing! Everyone else reviewing has pretty much covered it! Cept for that gave 2 stars. Try it in a physical book mate ;)
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.
For full effect, read everything Merrick says in a loin-stirringly deep, upper-crust accent while listening to smooth jazz.
I listened to this one as an audiobook and followed along in my physical copy. The pictures in the book were absolutely amazing and the sound effects in the audiobook draws you in. I love the pictures that Hanna has drawn in her journal too.
One of my favourite parts was when Ella said "poor cow cows :( ". It was very cute and it made me smile.
"I know one sixth of three tenths of absolutely f*** all."
Nik's 'bedtime story' about his grandma was a good one. It was an amusing message to pass along to people through the book too - don't hurt a woman, or she will hurt you back just as bad but you won't know when.
"Food, Highness. FOOOOOODDDD."
Question: Why does AIDAN explain footage sometimes and not 7123? Will we find this out in the last book in the trilogy? By now, I'm also wondering who it is.
Question: Is Zoe dead? Why doesn't she answer Ella's video messages? Will we find this out in the last book too?
I'm going to cntinue to believe that the 'amorphous slick of cold coffee' is the same one that overloaded the Heimdall systems, even if it actually isn't.
Why must Amie and Jay make me feel this way about fictional characters?!
Hanna: "You're not helping, AIDAN!" AIDAN: "It is not as if I can get out and push."
I just have no words. If you enjoyed the Illuminae Files, you'll enjoy this one even more. Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman keep upping the bar. I love Science Fiction, but I also understand how confusing some Science Fiction can be to non-lovers of the genre. Not with these books though. The unique method of story-telling with this series makes space travel, AIs, wormholes and interstellar space stations accessible to everyone. Through pictures, emails, message conversations, camera footage, AI thoughts, spaceship diagrams we are introduced to a complex world in terms we understand... If you haven't read this series, go read it now!