Gemina (Illuminae Files_02) – A Review


Why oh why am I not doing a joint review of Illuminae and Gemina!? Because spoiler-free joint reviews are difficult! I mean, I’m like 98.6% sure I pulled it off the two times I did it, but it’s a lot of pressure to put on oneself.

Think of it this way: imagine your good friend asks you a question to which you have a negative response. You have to pick your words very carefully so when all is said and done, you get your point across with your friendship still intact. Sounds easy enough, but comes with a high probability of “mistakes were made”.

So instead, I read Illuminae first (of course) and can move forward with my singular review.

Whether you have or have not read the first book, please heed my request; you will not regret it. Mild spoiler ahead …

Read the Confirmed Copernicus Casualty List! It’s all well and good if you skim through it, but it’s much better if you take notice. You may find some names  you recognize.

In fact, take in every little detail on every page. Even the fine print tells a story.


Title: Gemina (The Illuminae Files _02)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Genre: Science Fiction, YA Fiction

Summary: BeiTech is at it again. Nik and Hanna are about to get a hands-on lesson in modern warfare from elite mercenaries, but someone didn’t get the memo existence as they know it was being put up for auction. Oops.

Released: October 2016 / Read: November 2016

About the Author: Amie Kaufman … writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favorite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. (from her Goodreads bio here)

Jay Kristoff … is the winner of two Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell. He does not believe in happy endings. (from his Goodreads bio here)

First Impression: OMG. Yasss! That is all.


Activity on the Heimdall Jump Station is about to get crazy. On one side of the wormhole, the Hypatia is hightailing it out of the Kerenza sector. Unfortunately their only way out has just been taken hostage by militant opportunists hired by BeiTech Industries. Once again the fate of many is in the hands of two teenagers. When will they learn?

Every book you read is an experience, especially for your imagination; these books are a completely new experience. 

Each page is both an imaginative experience and a physical one. Some pages are  a transcription of events; others, you’re in the fractured mind of an artificial intelligence computer. It’s unlike anything you have ever read. Nothing about this storyline is slow – it will keep you turning the pages until there are none left and you’re begging for more.

Kaufman and Kristoff have done something truly extraordinary here and the reading experience will never be the same.

I laughed and cried, I cheered and jeered. It’s a masterpiece and I can’t wait for more!

Final Thoughts: And now we wait for book three. Stay safe, kittens.

Star Rating:


Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in any way for this review and all opinions contained herein are my own and in no way reflect the ideas or opinions of people or sites I may reference.  This is intended for entertainment purposes only.


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