Monday, February 19, 2018

My Thoughts: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Audiobook)
(The Illuminae Files #2)
by Amie Kaufman
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& Jay Kristoff
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Publication Date: October 18th 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780553499155
Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi
Source: Own

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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. (Goodreads)

I have been trying to work Gemina onto my reading list ever since it was first released, and now that I have officially read the book, I'm kicking myself for not having read it sooner! Illuminae was such a good book, and I really enjoyed it SO much, and I have no idea why I put off reading this book. (Yes I do, so many books, so little time...) But, I finally read the book and it was awesome, just like I knew it would be!

Before I started reading Gemina, I decided to re-read the first book, Illuminae, so that the story would be fresh in my mind. I've just recently started doing this with book series that I haven't yet finished, and with book series that have new books coming out for them, and it's seriously one of the best decisions I've ever made. I had forgotten so much of the story, (which happens when you read as many books as I do), and the refresher was just what I needed. Not only did I start to remember all the things that I had forgotten, but the re-read also made me super stoked to read Gemina as well, and I couldn't wait to dive into the book.

I opted to listen to the audiobook both for my re-read of Illuminae, as well as for Gemina, and this is yet another one of the best decisions I've ever made. I've listened to a LOT of audiobooks lately, and I can honestly say that none I've listened to compare to those for Illuminae and Gemina. Not only do you get a FULL CAST of narrators for this series, all of who are pretty amazing as they read the story to you, but you ALSO get pretty awesome sound effects as well, which work perfectly with this series! (I remember one particular sound effect of a bomb going off just as I had stuck my head in the fridge, and it nearly scared the living daylights out of me. You had to be there, it was really awesome.) If you have the opportunity to check out this series in audio format, I highly recommend you do so! I will definitely be checking out the Obsidio, the third book, in audio as well.

Ok, I feel like I'm getting a little ramble-y with this review, so let me get back to the point. The storyline for Gemina follows much along the same timeline and storyline as Illuminae, just with a completely different cast of characters, though all of which were just as awesome as the characters in book one. Two of the main characters, Hanna and Nik, were both really interesting, but it was Ella that really stole the show. They all have quite the adventure in this book, and while the storyline felt so similar to that in the Illuminae, it also felt completely different as well, (if that makes any sense at all). I really enjoyed the book, and I can't wait to get my hands on Obsidio as soon as it's released!!

Overall; if you've made it this far, then you've probably figured out that I really enjoyed Gemina! It's an awesome story with great characters, and if you haven't yet checked out the series, then I highly recommend you add it to your TBR. And if you can get it in audiobook format, then yes, do check it out as soon as you possibly can. It's a great series, and I can't wait to get my hands on Obsidio in March!!

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