Title: Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Release: 20th October 2016
The perfect sequel to Illuminae, this book is a prime example of just how to continue a series. Twists, turns and surprises keep you gripped from the first page until you manage to put the book down.
This series is absolutely phenomenal. For anyone who missed my review of Illuminae you can find it here and I advise you to read that before coming back here! This may be a long review and I’m sorry but trust me – it’s worth it!
I didn’t think that you could get any better than Illuminae but then I read this book in two days and was in awe of how Jay and Amie can write such a masterpiece.
The book takes place on the Heimdall, the jump station mentioned in Illuminae. I was unsure about being introduced to new characters having fallen in love with the ones from the previous book, but boy was I wrong. The new characters in this book are just as amazing as Illuminae. Each character has such a brilliant purpose and brings something so unique to the story that it takes it to the next level.
Not only are the characters brilliantly written and folded into the story, but there are so many subtle links to Illuminae and the characters within that book, I loved it. It made the books feel even more connected and was one of the best ways to introduce and create a sequel.
The twists and turns throughout the book keep you right on the edge of your seat, and constantly guessing at what is going to happen next, which was something I loved so much about the first book. I also loved once again how the story was told. There are the familiar IM’s and data resources as used in Illuminae but there are also new ones in this book! Just when you think a uniquely written book can’t get anymore unique – Gemina comes along and raises the bar.
Ella was a wonderful new addition to the character list, and I loved how she represented the disabled community in such a positive light as Nik and Hanna wouldn’t have been able to complete half of what they did without her. She was the brains of the story and it was a brilliant representation of the disabled community.
The central characters, Hanna and Nik were so different from Kady and Ezra and I loved that. It was so cleverly written to keep their personalities so separate but also so similar in the way of you could tell they had grown up around the same things and the same people, but it didn’t feel like a rewrite of the first book. Hanna is so headstrong and brave and I admired how her character developed and got on with situation after situation – she is an amazing female heroine.
The ending stood out to me because it was the perfect way to explain everything that had happened prior to that point and also the most genius way of linking the two books together. I was in awe at how beautifully written it was and how much talent both Jay and Amie have to have created such a wonderfully intricate story.
Once again the romance is back story to the overall life or death situation, and compared to a lot of YA books this is beautifully done. The villains made you question every turn they made and kept you on edge worrying for Hanna and Nik at just the right time. It was brilliant.
This book is one of, if not the best, sequel I have ever read. I loved how both books linked so well, and how this book was so different to Illuminae but in the best way. The chance to explore more of what was discussed prior to this book was such a stand out moment, and I am in awe of just how clever Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman are to create two books that have become my obsession so quickly.
I am in desperate need for the third book!
Illuminae and Gemina are both out now at all major outlets!