“Gemina” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae Files – Book 2

Star Rating: 3 and a 1/2 out of 5 Stars ☆☆☆ ½

Synopsis:  After the events of Illuminae, Kady Grant and what is left of the crew of the Hypatia are headed for Jump Station Heimdall, a way station in the galaxy with wormholes, making it easier (and faster!) to transverse the vast reaches of space.

Unbeknownst to the crew of the Hypatia, BeiTech Industries is following them. They are determined to wipe out the witnesses of the attack on the Kerenza sector.  In order to accomplish this, they have sent a clean up crew to Jump Station Heimdall.

In their way, however, are two teens no one would ever think could or would team up.  The station commander’s daughter, Hanna Donnelly and the son of a notorious crime boss, Nik Malikov.  Despite being complete opposites, they fight against the BeiTech invasion force.

Soon, it will be up to these two teenagers to ensure that the Hypatia and its crew aren’t obliterated… with Jump Station Heimdall going with it.

Opinion:  I really don’t have a whole lot to say about this book.  Again, the pages are unusual.. and that makes the interest level of the book increase. Although, I will say, the novelty of it kind of wore off with the end of the first novel.  Now, it’s expected, and that makes it less interesting.

The plot is really fast-paced once you get about halfway through it. It’s really hard to put it down once the action starts.  This is why I gave it 3 1/2 stars… all of those stars go toward the remaining novelty of the format of the book and the fast paced nature of the plot.

Because the characters are just AWFUL.  I hated them.  I hated them from the beginning.  They are not in any way likable or relatable.  The main girl character goes from being a whiny, spoiled brat to a badass fighter somehow… a very, VERY unbelievable change of behavior.  Also, the male character is annoying and so love-struck it makes him obnoxious. These characters felt like nails on a chalkboard.  I was not rooting for them.. but instead hoping for more interaction with Kady Grant from the first book.

The fist novel was great. This wasn’t. They’re making a third. I hope Hanna and Nik get lost somewhere in space by then. I don’t want to see them back.

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