Authors: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Genre: Sci-Fi, YA
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 18th, 2016
!! Spoilers for Illuminae and Gemina !!
Goodreads Summary: 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 Illuminaecontinues 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.
Hey everybody, I finally picked up the second book in the Illuminae Files series and oh my god. It was so good.
Starting this book, I was already excited because I really missed being in the Illuminae world and I loved getting to know a huge new cast of characters. I immediately loved Nik. I’m sorry, his name is Nik, he’s got a bad boy exterior and is a real cinnamon bun on the inside. Plus, he has tattoos.
When they talked about drugs in this book, because Nik was at first kind of like Hanna’s drug dealer, it made me realize, people never talk about drugs in books. Never. It’s almost like when it dawned on me that people also never smoke in books except for usually the bad boy.
Anyway, everybody in this book was great. Except for Jackson. That was a plot twist I really didn’t expect. Great job done, I had no idea. Even before we found out that he was the mole, I didn’t like Jackson because it was kind of obvious that Hanna and Nik were endgame.
Plus, I never really read the summary for the second book, I only knew that we were on the space station now and that the main characters would be Nik and Hanna, so I totally didn’t expect the malfunction in the wormhole. That was needless to say super unexpected for me and I loved it?
I also feel like now I have a much better grasp on the whole BeiTech situation because I didn’t fully grasp it in Illuminae, but now I really understand everything. Plus, I love when in books they explain the title or that moment when you realize what the title means with less obvious titles. Because when the whole Gemina thing was explained, I was shook to the core.
I’m really glad that in the end Nik was able to survive because wow talk about a hard day for Hanna. She loses her dad, gets betrayed by her long time boyfriend and then loses another guy she didn’t 100% know she had feelings for? That’s a really hard day.
The general pace of this book was great. I loved how fast paced and action packed it was. And they really made this book hilarious every chance they got; the surveillance camera transcripts were really funny, I loved the banter between Hanna and Nik, it was all so great. I love how Hanna got the backstory that she was raised on war techniques and training and that explains why she’s so in control of her body and fighting like a ninja instead of just being that great all of the sudden. Plus when I read the ending at first that was written by Jackson, I was so shocked. In the fake end Hanna, Nik and everybody onboard the Mao die and I was like: wow Kady has it really hard, now she’s losing her dad too. I was so glad that it was a fake end. Plus, I’m okay with the redemption arc that Jackson got.
Overall, this book for me was a phenomenon. One of the super helpful things that they always included was the overview of the BeiTech crew which was really helpful. The shit with the lanima was insane but I had a great time reading this book. It has over 600 pages and I read it in 5 days. Sure, it’s a quick read, but I’m also back in school so the fact that I read it so quickly is insane. I really don’t want to finish this series. It’s so unique, there truly is not a single series like this out there. And I hope that in the next book we get more journal illustrations from Marie Lu!