I received this book at no cost from the publisherGemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu
Series: The Illuminae Files,
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 18th 2016
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.
13 OH NOES!
7 YOU GO GIRL!
Yes, it was that kind of book.
The story follows the point of view of the heroine, Hanna, of the Heimdall station where Kady from the ship Hypatia is heading. The story is told through a collage of emails, texts, IMs and Hanna’s journal entries.
Hanna is what seems a first, a spoiled daughter of the elite, but she may have the appearance of a party girl, but in truth has been quizzed and trained as a general by her military father. Nik is the unlikely and unwitting hero at first but it turns out that he has what it takes. Again, the Romeo and Juliette vibe of Illuminae is with us again. Nik is basically a drug dealer who supplies Hanna and her friends with a hallucinogenic made from a lamprey-like slime that his family is growing in some cows near the station reactor.
The Beitech corporation is out to wipe out any witnesses to their evil misdeeds and only Hanna and Nik seem to be able to save what is left of the Heimdall crew. With time counting down between the Hypatia docking at the Heimdall and a crew of assassins on the loose, the pair must kill or be killed.
Wow – the story just blasts through and I can’t believe how quick it all went. The images drawn by Marie Lu are just spectacular and add so much to the story. I devoured this in 24 hours and sat there stunned because it was that good. The characters are well done and very believable. I don’t even want to admit to that one character I liked at first turns out to be an idiot. Even my favorite artificial intelligence computer makes an appearance towards the end.
Parents: there is some violence, a few kisses and this might be your next favorite book, so read it first while the kids are in school and then pass it on. I recommend reading Illuminae first.
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