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2021 discount Gemina high quality (The lowest Illuminae Files) online sale
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A New York Times Bestseller

Now in paperback, the second edge-of-your-seat installment in the New York Times bestselling series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, called "stylistically mesmerizing" and "out-of-this-world-awesome" by reviewers.

 
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.
 
Praise for Illuminae:
 
A New York Times Bestseller
A PW Bestseller
 
“Out-of-this-world awesome.” — Kirkus Reviews, Starred
 
“Stylistically mesmerizing.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred
 
“An arresting visual experience.” — Booklist , Starred
 
“A game-changer.” — Shelf Awareness, Starred

About the Author

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, collectively, are 12.5" tall and live in Melbourne, Australia, with two long-suffering spouses, two rescue dogs, and a plentiful supply of caffeine. They met thanks to international taxation law, and stuck together due to a shared love of blowing things up and breaking hearts. You can learn more about Amie and Jay at amiekaufman.com and jaykristoff.com.

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QueenKatieMae
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"Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance."
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2016
Part two of the most creative and entertaining sci-fi trilogy in the whole universe, Gemina, close on the heels of Illuminae and holding it’s own, does not disappoint. Ever. Also narrated in the form of an incriminating dossier of emails, schematics, transcripts and... See more
Part two of the most creative and entertaining sci-fi trilogy in the whole universe, Gemina, close on the heels of Illuminae and holding it’s own, does not disappoint. Ever. Also narrated in the form of an incriminating dossier of emails, schematics, transcripts and classified files, Gemina continues to tell the story of what happened after an outer space mining colony was attacked by a hostile corporation. But this time, Kady and Ezra take a backseat and let new characters Hanna and Nik drive for a while.

Jump Station Heimdall is an insanely boring place for a teenager, at least according to the station commander’s daughter, Hanna. Spoiled, self-entitled, and a demon in the martial arts, Hanna spends her time sexting her boyfriend, buying overpriced jumpsuits and taunting her drug dealer, Nik. Raised by a long family line of criminals, Nik is easy-going, cocky and quite resourceful when it comes to breaking the law. And he definitely has a thing for Hanna.

As in Illuminae, when the cow dung hits the fan, the teenagers are the only ones who can save the ship, or jump station, or universe. Your choice, its all there. At the Terra Day celebration, a highly trained elite force sent by BeiTech, the corporation that attacked the mining colony, invades the Heimdall. Led by a dead-eyed psychopath who finds bliss when everything goes his way, the assassin squad lies in wait for the ship bearing the last refugees from the mining colony. Hanna and Nik, polar opposites, join forces to defend the Heimdall, save their family and friends and prevent BeiTech from destroying the only living witnesses from the colony.

My first impression of Hanna was: “I miss Kady.” Hanna is so bratty and self-centered that she is unlikeable and easily dismissed as a tease. Au contraire, mon ami, there is more to this little girl than meets the eye. Raised by a military father, this little girl has studied warfare, battlefield logistics and can quote Sun Tzu, Napoleon and the Bhagavad Gita. She’s sassy, kickass, and clever, and she grew on me.

Nik, on the other hand, I loved from the beginning. With his life story inked on his body and his heart on his sleeve, Nik is absolutely charming in a bad boy sort of way.

The book is powered by a wicked sense of humor and creative genius. Malware has infected the station’s computer system so that a single raunchy pop song is constantly playing: in the elevator, during a gunfight, while being attacked by mutant eels. Did I mention the mutant eels with their psychotropic body fluids? Evil little monsters. I caught a bunch of pop culture references: a computer actually uses a line from Rocky Horror Picture Show, and I’m pretty sure Nik is channeling the Joker from the movie Batman Beyond at one point. I saw the names of at least two young adult novelists on the Heimdall’s casualty list. And the texts between the teens, even in moments of crisis or sadness, are hysterical.

There are more twists in this book than in your intestines. So many times my family heard me loudly proclaim how much I hated this book only to follow with “shhh, can’t talk, I’m at the good part.” It’s engrossing and compelling and entertaining and so so so so good. Now, in case you do miss Kady and Ezra and AIDAN, yes, AIDAN, do not worry, they join the story.

What makes the only important difference between Illuminae and Gemina is the reader’s perspective. We know there will be painful twists that gouge our hearts, we know it will make us laugh out loud, make us cry, make us curse the authors and their unborn children (trust me, I did), we went through it all with Illuminae. As seasoned readers of the Illuminae Files, we know to look for the clues, the crumbs, left by the authors because we know they are there and it is so fun when you find them. And, in the end, on the very last page, when a character asks, “You wanna know how it ends?” my answer was a resounding “Yes. Yes, I do.”

The last page always has the best line. Bliss.
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Rebecca
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A great addition to a fantastic series!
Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2018
After I finished reading Illuminae, I had every intention of taking a short break before starting the next book in the trilogy, Gemina. But did I? OF COURSE NOT. On the day I finished it, I broke down and started Gemina. I usually try to keep my reviews as... See more
After I finished reading Illuminae, I had every intention of taking a short break before starting the next book in the trilogy, Gemina. But did I? OF COURSE NOT. On the day I finished it, I broke down and started Gemina.

I usually try to keep my reviews as spoiler-free as possible, but when I’m writing about a series of books, this can be really difficult. The events of this book are directly tied to those that occur in Illuminae, so there will absolutely be spoilers for that book.

This book was action-packed, and much like Illuminae, the plot revolved around a race against the clock, which worked as a great tension-builder. Hanna is pretty much a badass space ninja, and I am here for it. The lamina were HORRIFYING, and I was expecting some twisted nightmares. Thankfully, there were none. But I think they were an excellent (and obviously very creepy) addition to the book. Sort of like this book’s version of the Phobos outbreak. AIDAN’s surveillance footage summaries were entertaining, and it was good to see him again, along with Kady, Ezra, and the other familiar faces aboard the Hypatia! The pacing is just as breakneck as the first book, and once BeiTech attempts to seize control of Jump Station Heimdall, it’s hard to step away from the story.

I liked Hanna, Nik, and Ella… but not as much as Kady and Ezra. It took me a while to become invested in their stories, and again, I just didn’t care about the romance. (I’m beginning to think this might just be me…) And without revealing too much, the ending didn’t feel realistic to me, in the sense that it seemed a little heavy-handed, defying ridiculously astronomical odds.

Overall, even though I had a few minor issues with this book, I think it’s a strong installment in the series, and when I say that I can’t wait to read Obsidio, please know it’s a serious understatement.
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Dreaminginbookland
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Just as incredible as Illuminae
Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2021
Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman have done it again with this exceptional book. I loved Illuminae with a passion, so I was worried that this book wouldn''t be able to keep up. My worries were completely unfounded. This book continues the story from Illuminae, but from a... See more
Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman have done it again with this exceptional book. I loved Illuminae with a passion, so I was worried that this book wouldn''t be able to keep up. My worries were completely unfounded. This book continues the story from Illuminae, but from a different perspective. The book focuses around the jump station Heimdall and how it gets overtaken by an elite BeiTech strike team. The two main characters, Nik and Hanna, are the perfect team to survive this attack. Both are strong, arrogant, and have learned to survive based on their life experiences. Their quips and witty conversation is bolstered by the addition of Nik''s cousin Ella, who is a computer wiz and general badass female. As with Illuminae, the book design was unique, beautiful, and so entertaining. I was in a reading slump and needed a pick me up, which this book certainly did. I read it in a day and a half and was thoroughly entranced.

I am so impressed with the illustrations by Marie Lu. I was floored when I saw some of the drawings. The illustrations and design of this book was even more beautiful compared to Illuminae. As an avid videogamer, I really enjoyed the formatting and presentation of the story. It reminded me of the quest journals you often find in RPG videogames. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of sci-fi and videogames. It is one of my favorite books of the year.

My one complaint is that some of the "bloody" journal pages were really hard to read because the "blood stains" obscured the writing more than I would have liked. While this may have been intentional on some pages, I am not entirely certain it was intended for all of them.
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But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy''s most boring space station
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2018
Rating: 4.7/5 Stars Title: Gemina (Illuminae Files #2) Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 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... See more
Rating: 4.7/5 Stars
Title: Gemina (Illuminae Files #2)
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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.

Initial thoughts:
After reading Illuminae, I had a feeling that I was going to have trouble getting through this book as I had the first, but I loved the story so much that I decided to keep going and push through the processing complications I had experienced. I really enjoy science fiction stories and wanted to see what was in store for Kady and Ezra after everything that happened in the first book. Especially after that cliffhanger that we were left with! So, with that, I jumped right into reading this book.

Plot:
What I liked:
I missed Kady, Ezra and AIDEN from the first book as this story follows a different set of characters, but I did enjoy learning about what was happening at the station. The plot of the story was well paced and full of realistic characters that reacted as I would have expected them to in response to the pressures placed upon them. Even the protagonists were human in many aspects and showed emotion amidst stressful situations (of course some were described as being more robotic in expression, but I digress).
I loved the humor that was put into the story as well as the sass of the characters. They were witty and clever, bringing out the severity of a situation while still staying real and coping using humor.

What I didn''t like:
Again, this was tough book to get through because of the constant switching of fonts and occasional artistic texts. Though it added to the atmosphere of the story, I found it difficult to read and process. So, the book took me much longer to finish. I am assuming that Obsido is going to be the same way.

Characters:
Hanna Donnelly: She was so much more than just your pretty party girl. Hannah was my favorite character (Even above Kady which was weird to me) and I loved following her around and seeing just what she was going to do in certain situations. She was smart, witty, and strong and I found myself drawn to her character.
Nik Malikov: The bad boy with a heart of gold. I loved Nik and I found his character really endearing and I was rooting for him. He was silly, and though he toes the line of what he should and shouldn’t say, I felt like he knew when to stop and take a step back.
Ella Malikova: I loved this girl! She was sassy, but still a good person. I liked reading her thoughts on the situation aboard the station.
Travis Falk and his Team: He was crazy and I thought he was a fantastic villain, and his team was very quick thinking (for the most part). I liked how they all worked together. I would equate them to a pack of dogs to be honest on how they hunted and how they showed no mercy.

Overall:
This book was fantastic and I seriously loved it! It was a roller coaster ride from start to finish with so much conflict riddled throughout it. I really think that the story was so well written and executed. I liked how the beginning and end come together as if in a trial setting. The first book was like a warning while the second is the actual follow through. The characters were fantastic and I actually enjoyed this book a little more than Illuminae and cannot wait to start the third book, Obsidio.
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The Library Enchantress
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Lives up to ALL the Hype!!! Sassy, Funny, Romance, Action and MORE!
Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2019
Oh. My. Gosh. (read that in Janice''s voice, lol). You know when you hear that a book is going to be AMAZING and you get so nervous it won''t live up to the hype? Well, throw that fear out the window when it comes to Gemina because OMG IT IS JUST AS AMAZING AS... See more
Oh. My. Gosh. (read that in Janice''s voice, lol).

You know when you hear that a book is going to be AMAZING and you get so nervous it won''t live up to the hype? Well, throw that fear out the window when it comes to Gemina because OMG IT IS JUST AS AMAZING AS EVERYONE TOLD ME IT WAS GOING TO BE!

Let me start by reminding you all that I strive to keep all my #enchantingreviews spoiler-free, not just for this book but also for the rest of the series so feel free to read even if you haven''t read Illuminae yet!

Now, for Gemina. Let me start by sharing an unpopular opinion: I''m a smidge disappointed because I heard all about how I was going to love Nik and while I do love him as a character, he didn''t make it to my #bookboyfriend list. And unpopular opinion #2...I''d rather have Ezra than Nik.

Now that I probably lost half of you who were reading this, let us talk about this book. This book legitimately had me laughing out loud (usually in the most awkward of places) because there is no question that Aimee and Jay got a smidge sassier in this book. AND I LOVED IT. But more than that, the characters are so well developed that I really feel like I got to know Nik and Hanna and even Hanna''s father and Jax and Ella and everyone else we came into contact with. AND OMG THE PLOT TWISTS IN THIS BOOK!!!!!! There were a couple I may have guessed at but there were others that I actually gasped at. I had no idea what was going to happen next and it was just so well done!! Yes, it is more science-fictioney than Illuminae which was annoying for me because, I''m not into the sci-fi but even so, I wholeheartedly recommend this book to EVERYONE! You will not want to put it down!

I won''t spoil anything but I will warn you guys that there are parts of this book you may not want to be eating during. Just trust me. Don''t read this as you eat dinner unless you have a strong stomach. You''ll thank me later. That being said, if you haven''t started the Illuminae Files yet, DO IT. I haven''t finished Obidio yet but I know it is going to be fantastic because I don''t think Aimee Kaufman and Jay Kristoff can write a book that isn''t mind-blowing.

My rating: 5 stars

Favorite quote: "It''s really annoying when people try to talk at you while you''re feeling murderish." I mean I feel this on such a spiritual level.

Ok, Ok. My real favorite quote is, "It''s not about what you say...it''s what you do that matters here."
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Gripping sci-fi adventure that''s better than Illuminae!
Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2019
BRIEFING NOTE: After absolutely falling head over heels in love with Illuminae , I didn''t think it could get any better. Hahaha joke is on you, this one is ███████ fantastic and I loved it even more than the first book. ▪▪▪▪▪ Chums, I was sucked into Gemina... See more
BRIEFING NOTE: After absolutely falling head over heels in love with Illuminae , I didn''t think it could get any better. Hahaha joke is on you, this one is ███████ fantastic and I loved it even more than the first book.
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Chums, I was sucked into Gemina immediately. It builds on the action from Illuminae and starts with a court proceeding of sorts for BeiTech. The evidence provided are the documents provided by the Illuminae Group, and the briefing notes we read in Gemina are part of the official record. I thought this was such an innovative way to frame the story, and I love books that start at the end and watching how things got to that point.

As the Hypatia is making its way to Heimdall, the crew of Heimdall Station have their own problem: namely a BeiTech strike team set on eliminating the Jump Station so word cannot get out about the attack on Kerenza.

In retrospect, I should have seen the intense heartbreak I felt coming because of how the book opens, but no one can prepare you for the ███████ emotional rollercoaster that is reading this book, chum. Guard your hearts now.

"When you fight a monster, be careful you don''t become the monster."

I didn''t think I could love characters more than I love Kady and Ezra, but Nik and Hanna surpass my love tenfold. Their banter and sarcasm is similar in tone to the levity of Illuminae, serving as a great way to divert the tension you feel when reading the book, but it doesn''t feel recycled at all. The characters all feel real and I honestly feel so deeply for them.

“It’s not about what I say, right? It’s what I do that matters here.”

I love stories about sacrifice and ordinary people doing extraordinary things when situation calls for it, and Gemina delivers an excellent narrative with people doing heroic things. I absolutely adore Hanna, Nik, and Ella with their Operation Thermopylae and their dedication to doing everything they can to stop the BeiTech crew... even give up their lives. I really enjoyed the tie in to war tactics and strategy, and Hanna''s propensity to quote Sun Tzu. They never really lose hope and the fast friendships and devotion to one another feel so organic to me - just like how veterans who serve together are bonded by that experience.

Analyst 7213 is still my favorite character and I absolutely live for his reporting on the video feeds. We get another Analyst added, 7213D, which... yes. Just all the yes.

BRIEFING NOTE: As with Illuminae, I read along with the full-cast audiobook and it was perfection. I love the audiobook so much, but I definitely recommend reading this one with a physical copy because some of the mixed media included are pages from Hannah''s journal - which are drawings by Marie Lu! You don''t want to miss them, just like you don''t want to miss the Lollipop Song, chum.
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In case you can''t tell, I absolutely loved this book and it took almost a month for me to write this review. This book is another fast-paced adventure that answers questions about BeiTech and Illuminae, as well as raises the stakes. It is obvious the series was plotted intricately well and this book fits into the trilogy so well, and I cannot wait to read Obsidio. I don''t know if my heart is ready, or if I will ever trust again, but I cannot wait to see how this series ends!
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Pete Tarsi
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
So good, it blew me away twice!
Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2017
You know when you read an awesome book that totally blows you away? And then you know that there’s a second part to that book series, yet you’re a little skeptical that the second book can live up to the sheer awesomeness of the first book? Well, that’s how I... See more
You know when you read an awesome book that totally blows you away? And then you know that there’s a second part to that book series, yet you’re a little skeptical that the second book can live up to the sheer awesomeness of the first book?

Well, that’s how I went into Gemina, the second part of The Illuminae Files. I love the first part, and so far in 2017, it’s the measuring stick for books I’m reading. And when I heard that the second part would focus on a different set of characters, I was even more skeptical. I absolutely adore Kady and Ezra and AIDAN from Illuminae, so how could I possibly learn to adore new characters? Is it even possible?

Well, it turns out that even if there’s a one-in-a-zillion chance of an alternate universe where the second book at least lives up to the first given these circumstances, then the team of Kaufman and Kristoff can pull it off.

Before I go any further, please be aware of my spoiler policy. I keep my reviews spoiler-free for the book I’m reviewing, but I may have to reveal details of the previous book. You have been warned.

In Illuminae, the people of the mining colony Kerenza had been attacked by BeiTech, a rival corporation. The rag-tag group of survivors flee in three ships, but are pursued by the bad guys. Also, there’s a disease outbreak that turns its victims into paranoid, bloodthirsty zombie-like people. The ship’s artificial intelligence AIDAN makes some choices to save some of the people, but ultimately, only one ship—the science vessel Hypatia—is the only one that gets away. It’s on course for the Heimdall jump station, where a wormhole can take them into core space and they can report the attack.

Gemina takes place aboard the Heimdall space station. The workers and residents of the station are unaware of the exact details of what happened. Even more pressing, they’re unaware that BeiTech is out to cover its tracks. An assault fleet is headed for the wormhole to destroy the Hypatia before it can arrive and expose the attack. But first, a team takes control of the space station, killing some crew members and locking down the others.

Can our two main characters save the day? This time, the reader follows the stories of Hanna Donnelly and Nik Malikov. As the daughter of the commander of the Heimdall space station, Hanna has lived a life of privilege and tactical training—she’s well versed in some martial arts. As a member of a crime family, Nik has spent some time in prison, but he and his family are breeding really scary animals that make a powerful psychotropic drug. Hanna and Nik have a business relationship at first, as she’s trying to procure some “party supplies” for a station-wide celebration, but it’s near their meeting time when then the attack on the station begins.

I won’t go into many details, but they’re among the only two that are in a position to fight the bad guys. Like the first book, Gemina is told via transcripts of chats between the characters (typed emails and IM conversations, and spoken conversations via the station-wide WhisperNet), descriptions of security footage, and memos and computer logs. And like in the first book, it’s a fascinating way to tell the story, and it still works because the characters and situations are compelling.

But unlike the first book, I found an even higher level of immediacy in the story. In Illuminae, they were being pursued externally by the bad guys and threatened internally by the virus. The former was the enemy threat, and the latter was an unfortunate coincidence. Here in Gemina, the enemy is ever-present on the station, and there’s another unfortunate coincidence internal threat—and these combine to make the station one really scary place, never mind the external problem of the unseen assault fleet coming. All these conflicts, mixed in with the character histories they’re trying to keep secret from each other, make this at least as compelling as the first book. Maybe more so.

I fanboyed whenever there was a reference to Kady, Ezra, and AIDAN from the first book. I love when and how they were integrated into this story.

My mind was blown again. And there’s a cataclysmic event revealed near the end of the book that not only blew me away, but the way in which the actions of the characters are presented on the pages blew me away. If the first book blew me away, I think that this one did it twice as much.

Now it’s going to be about another year until the third part comes out, and I have high expectations for it. This series is like seeing a brand new set of stars, and Gemina deserves its spot in the sky next to Illuminae with FIVE STARS.
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Linda A. Naquin
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
This is my new favorite go-to recommended series
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2019
Whoa. I mean, WHOA. This book was INTENSE and full of the absolute most exceptionally intimidating characters I have ever read about, INCLUDING MY FAVORITE BABUSHKA NIKA!!! She was only on two pages you say? I do not care. She was the essence of the book IMO. And THAT... See more
Whoa. I mean, WHOA. This book was INTENSE and full of the absolute most exceptionally intimidating characters I have ever read about, INCLUDING MY FAVORITE BABUSHKA NIKA!!! She was only on two pages you say? I do not care. She was the essence of the book IMO. And THAT ENDING! WHAAATTT!!!

When I read Illuminae, it started off with a bang, went really slow for a bit, but then started dragging me down twists and turns that just blew me away. Normally book two in a series is a slump that ends with a little drop of info that encourages you to read book three, but isn''t a great read in itself. NOT SO HERE, MY FRIENDS!!!! Book two was immensely better than book one, and HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE!!! We have a different location, a different cast of characters, new enemies, but same bad guy. This is not normally the formula for a successful sequel but Kaufman and Kristoff make this work so well.

Obviously I''m jumping straight into Obsidio. These are also entering my favorite sci-fi series list at #2. That''s right, they''re that good. And I will forever read anything with the names Kaufman/Kristoff on it.

Extreme side note: anyone else notice that Jay Kristoff looks just like Dave Grohl? I mean talk about an author to drool over...
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Fanni
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A spectecular space adventure with twists and backstabbing and excitment!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 5, 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...See more
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
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This book was everything!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 8, 2020
“Patience and Silence had a daughter. And her name was Vengeance.” Hello trauma my old friend... It’s not nice to feel you again! I laughed. I cried. I glared at the book. I cursed my friend who talked me into reading this series. I put it aside when I knew it was going to...See more
“Patience and Silence had a daughter. And her name was Vengeance.” Hello trauma my old friend... It’s not nice to feel you again! I laughed. I cried. I glared at the book. I cursed my friend who talked me into reading this series. I put it aside when I knew it was going to hurt. I got so freaked out I couldn’t walk about the house with the lights off.... seriously, those alien slime worms absolutely horrified me and they made me sick to my stomach. I got sucked in, and I loved it. I really enjoyed the introduction to new characters and how the story spun to someone else’s viewpoint, then it all blended together and it was incredible. I’m still hurting. Those last few pages had my heart in an awful state. I’m going to go eat my feelings now. If you haven’t started The Illuminae Files yet, you should but be warned, it’s going to really hurt! “Most folks will take the extra moment. That single extra breath. Even when your world stops spinning and gravity dies and the blood glitters in the air like a galaxy of warm red suns all around you. A lot can happen between breaths, after all.”
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Carly
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Beautifully composed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 20, 2018
Gemina is the second installment from the Illuminae Files, and like the first book, it did not disappoint. I am not usually a sci-fi reader, but the book is comprised of instant messenger chats, surveillance accounts, image and email transcripts, making it an easy and...See more
Gemina is the second installment from the Illuminae Files, and like the first book, it did not disappoint. I am not usually a sci-fi reader, but the book is comprised of instant messenger chats, surveillance accounts, image and email transcripts, making it an easy and enjoyable read. I took to this format as it is a very unique style and it really helped encapsulate you into the story. Like ''Illuminae'' the story is told from the perspective of teenagers, who are continuously ''fighting the good fight'' against the big bad bei-tech corporation, who are still desperately attempting to cover their tracks after the Kerenza incident from book one. We are introduced to Hanna Donnelly, the spoilt child of the Heimdall space station commander, and learn about her habits and her relationships with ''squeaky-clean'' Jackson and the tainted bad boy Nik. I didn''t really take to her character like I did previously with Kady Grant in Illuminae, however as the book progressed and the story became more and more intense, she grew on me and I enjoyed her witty altercations with Nik and his cousin Ella. Nik is a supposed bad boy, but like Hanna he is complex and has several layers to his personality, he is funny and you can''t help but root for him. This book is full of action-packed drama with a body count tally to match, it is cleverly composed and like the first book has many surprises along the way and a carefully crafted explanation of events in its finale. I would recommend this book to anyone who is tempted to try mixing up their reading lists with a new genre, and anyone who loves to get stuck into an easily readable series.
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C.L Hughes
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Couldn''t live up to Illuminae
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 15, 2018
I''m so conflicted about this book. Illuminae was amazing I loved the layout and the concept but I think that light fizzled out for me during the second book. Kind of like ''yeah I get it cool layout'' the story was a bit dull it didn''t really have any of the energy or thrill...See more
I''m so conflicted about this book. Illuminae was amazing I loved the layout and the concept but I think that light fizzled out for me during the second book. Kind of like ''yeah I get it cool layout'' the story was a bit dull it didn''t really have any of the energy or thrill of the first one and I really just don''t like the main characters of Gemina compared to Kady and Ezra because I love those so much and genuinely cried over the first book. The little black slither creatures things were interesting but the whole story just couldn''t live it up to the first book. I was a bit bored reading it tbh and it''s not the best Sci Fi I''ve read but it''s definitely not the worst book I''ve ever read so 3 stars I think is a good enough credit. The ending has left me a bit confused I don''t know if I''m suppose to be confused and read book 3 to find out but I might not bother because I''m not that invested in the story and I think it''s pretty concluded from here. This Review is straight after I''ve read the book so I''m still conflicted and might change it later but for now this is it
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Micky - bookphenomena
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Beautifully formatted, twisty, wonderful story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 18, 2017
This was the best buddy read in the all the history of buddy reads. That was down to the fabulousness of this book but also down to how we attacked the reading together. Slow in the week, followed by weekend gluttony. If there is a book to unleash your inner glutton on,...See more
This was the best buddy read in the all the history of buddy reads. That was down to the fabulousness of this book but also down to how we attacked the reading together. Slow in the week, followed by weekend gluttony. If there is a book to unleash your inner glutton on, GEMINA is it. The formatting of book two was a slight cut above book one, with the most fantastic illustrations by Marie Lu. As with ILLUMINAE, the use of digital dialogue, pictures, unusual and creative illustrations enhanced the reading experience. Of course, the words and story itself are what truly makes the book. GEMINA immediately plunges you into your previous knowledge of the Hypatia, Kerenza and uses this to launch a new story focusing around Jump Station Heimdall. Heimdall is the residence of the Commander''s daughter and ''princess'' Hanna. This entitled prima dona is not stuck up and events cause Hanna to become a fighter outside of the dojo. Her old school buddy Nik, of crime family House of Knives is both her adversary and admirer but Hanna already has a love and romance in Jax who is a young officer in her father''s command. What ensues is corruption, attack and larvae. Yes, I did say larvae and believe me, a significant portion of buddy chat was used to debrief on the larvae. The character development in GEMINA was superb and there were some strong secondary characters that wowed me, such as Ella, the little spider and the cows!! The dialogue was witty and sarcastic, hitting lots of happy buttons for me. The plot twists were all unexpected and quite frankly took my breath away, which is where buddy reading was so helpful. The developing story was engaging, angsty and memorable. For me, this book pipped ILLUMINAE every so slightly in my affections. It''s such a treat to have a second in series be so strong. I am highly anticipating book three and it can''t come soon enough. Highly recommended in paper form for illustration and formatting purposes and enjoyment. Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.
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