The second Illuminae Files book was just as fun as Illuminae but less believable and a bit more annoying, but regardless it was a blast. I like these books, they are fun reads that engross me for the entire weekend. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff tells the story of the Heimdall Station, the station that the survivors of Illuminae are heading towards. On this station, a BeiTech strike team has taken over and it’s only chance of survival are Hanna and Nik, two star-crossed individuals that must save everyone, including the incoming survivors of Illuminae.
Have you ever daydreamed about being a hero when you were in high school? Where you would fight bad guys and win the day? Well, that is pretty much what Gemina is, a book version of kicking bad guy butt and being just overall amazing. This is Die Hard for teenagers. Yes, this book is ridiculous, the bad guys are laughably inept, and Hanna is basically Black Widow from the Avengers, but it is a ton of fun. I thought Nik, the young drug dealing former con, was your typical bad guy, roguish character but I couldn’t help but like him.
The thing about this book, is that it can be really annoying at times. The thing that annoyed me the most is dark grey background with light grey text. How was this even allowed to be a thing? Luckily this wasn’t the majority of the book but there are instances where I legit had to turn on every single light in my room to even read this book. Where Illuminae’s use of experimental formatting made the book much better, Gemina failed to do the same. I never had such a hard time reading a book. The book is also annoying because of something other reviewers brought up, the jokes and innuendos were just too much, especially during scenes that should be super serious. These jokes are just wasting the time of the characters and in turn possibly killing people for doing so.
Ridiculous, over the top, high school daydreaming material, that I couldn’t help but still really enjoy it. I’ll definitely be reading the third book too.
12/25 Possible Score
3 – Plot
3 – Characters
2 – World Building
2 – Writing Style
2 – Heart & Mind Aspect