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.
Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.
I had been reading These broken stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner when my pre-ordered copy arrived. I feel bad for putting the other book down but I just couldn’t wait to dive into the world of the Illuminae files again. And OH. MY. FUCKING. GOD. WHAT A BOOK!!!! The first book was already amazing but gosh this is just as good.
What I liked about the book:
- The story. Jump Station Heimdall is preparing for the celebration of Terra Day. Most inhabitants have left to spend this day with their families, leaving only a few people left on the station. The celebrations have only just started when a group of masked people storm into the Atrium and declare the station is now under their command. Hanna and Nik, who both haven’t been with the others when celebrations started hide and try to find out what exactly what is going on. As they learn more who the attackers are and what they are doing on Heimdall, they make their own plans. They will fight back. And as if this wasn’t already a hard enough task for two teenagers, the universe they know may collapse on itself.
- The characters. With Hanna Donnelly and Nik Malikov we get two completely new main characters. Hanna is the station captain’s daughter and grows up pampered and protected. She lives a luxurious life with friends to hang out with and a boyfriend, she loves dearly. And then we have Nik, who grows up in a mafia-like family, nicknamed ‘House of Knives’. He is a bad boy, a gangster, a drug dealer. But what I liked about them most, even though they had their difficulties in the past they work along so well, when the lives of innocent people are at stake.
- The design. Just like the first book this is also wonderfully designed. You need to pay extra attention to the scene with the habitat sector. Also there is this part close to the end of the book, where we read what is happening at the same time for Hanna and Nik and gosh these pages are so wonderfully designed.
- The heartache. This book will play with your heart. It will rip your heart out, throw it around and give it back to you just to rip it out again. What did Ron read in Harry’s teacup again? You’re gonna suffer, but you’re gonna be happy about it. This gets me straight to my next point.
- The end. Oh boy will you suffer. But you will love it. There is so much back and forth. So much you thought you knew, but really didn’t. So much happening, you wish you could prevent. But the end will blow your mind, I won’t say more about it.
What I disliked about the book:
- The end. YOU CAN’T LEAVE ME HANGING THERE LIKE THIS?!?!?! I NEED ANSWERS!!!!!