Gemina - Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

The sequel to Illuminae follows Hanna and Nik aboard the Heimdall, what they once considered the most boring way to spend their lives quickly becomes a fight for survival when a BeiTech assault squad invade the ship. Their lives are at risk, the universe is at risk, can they put aside their differences to save humanity?

If you read my review of Illuminae you'll know I loved the format. That follows on into the sequel but at this stage Kristoff and Kaufman had to bring more to the table than a new and exciting way to tell a story because at this point we'd seen it before. Unfortunately, that is the downfall to this novel and why I didn't love it as much, the reliance on the exciting format meant the actual story telling, whilst exciting and intense, was difficult to follow and left me trying to connect complex dots by myself. Technical space jargon played a big hand in my confusion, I really wanted to grasp the narrative and understand what was going on like I did with Kady and AIDAN in book one, but Gemina stepped beyond common understanding and fell into the realm of confusing.

However, if you read this and do not fall head over heels for the emotional atmosphere that surrounds Hanna and Nik you need to re-examine how you approach your life. They're the Romeo and Juliet characters, from different sides of the track and it's so easy to see the connection they have through the writing. Back and forth banter that is actually funny not adults-writing-kids-funny, the apprehension and nervousness perfectly represented how we all felt at that age (although, not many of us were fighting invaders and creepy worm aliens).

It took longer than I'd have liked to actually enjoy Hanna as a main character, when comparing her to Kady. Where Kady had an attitude and a fight inside her from the beginning, Hanna was a bit whiney and entitled. But, this played into Kristoff and Kaufman's hands because the turn around in her behaviour was exceptional writing, the redemption arc of changing from the entitled child-of-those-in-charge to the saviour of the entire ship was *chef's kiss*.

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