As with previous Illuminae transcripts, please forgive the colorful language. Our vidtech is no Shakespeare.
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (With journal illustrations by Marie Lu)
Good things about this book: Great characters, great story.
Bad things about this book: We will have to wait for the sequel to know more about everything and everyone.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s amazing.
Rate: 5+++/5 (☆: It made my “favourite books” list)
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Chuff Chuff, all aboard, hurry up, the train is leaving soon. First stop: the place where your feelings get fed then crushed then cuddled up. Second stop: the land of plot twists in which nobody is safe. Third stop: the island of charming and badass youth. Fourth and last stop: villain town with its cruel inhabitants!
What the hell was this book? What the actual rollercoaster of emotions was this thing? 659 pages of anguish, trepidation, cold sweat and palpitations. I don’t know how I survived all of that. I read it slowly having little time and maybe that was for the best because I could savor it little by little until those last pages that gave me so many attacks I wonder how I’m not giggling while crying in a corner.
I did giggle, I also did almost cry; trust me, everything that could happen inside of me, feelings wise, happened. I’m still recovering, trying to make sense of a lot of things that happened, remembering passages, trying to figure out how I didn’t see some of the things coming. How the hell was I supposed to be ready for everything to happen at once? There were some paralleled chapters that still have me confused, I won’t deny that. It’s a pity I can’t comment on anything because this adventure has to be experience first hand, no previews, no warnings. Ok, I did warn you about the emotions but come on, you’ve read Illuminae, so you’ve got to start this book expecting the feelings waves.
Apparently she’s got revenge on her mind, and it’s really annoying when people try to talk at you while you’re feeling murderish.
Gemina starts just after the ending of Illuminae but on board of a totally different ship, a jump station with a giant wormhole in the middle, and a new set of characters. This station is the destination of Kady and company after the disastrous events of Illuminae. Kady’s father is on the Heimdall station ignoring all that have happened to his family on the other side of the universe. The jump station is invaded by the same people who did all those horrible things to Kerenza in Illuminae. Those pieces of poop! Poopy people! It will be our heroes’ job to get them out of there without getting killed in the process. Won’t be an easy task and it will have your heart beating like crazy.
I guess she figures she can sleep when she’s dead.
Hanna Donnelly, our marvelous heroine is a kickass girl with a great sense of fashion and a super cute boyfriend. She can kick your butt, my butt and the butts of half of Rome in an afternoon if you give her the time. She had my heart from the first pages; fierce, brave, apparently very tall, model like (but of course, ladies and gentlemen, of course), she knows all the martial arts and she is very good at all of them. She brings courage to the whole operation. Go Hanna!
He simply stops in place and shoots her a smile, showing off those dimples the ladies love. He smiles at her like he’s not tired at all, like he’s not wearing another man’s blood under his suit, like all he wanted in life was to catch a glimpse of her.
Nik Malikov, son of crime leaders, drug dealer extraordinaire and charm master, he has a crush on our Hanna and he finds himself trapped in all that’s happening on the station. Nik is one charming boy, all tattoos and dimples, flirtatious messages and dream smiles. Yeah, world, I indeed have crushed on the boy, couldn’t help myself, it happened. He brings humor to the whole operation. Go Nik!
Dark hair and darker eyes. Dimples. The kind of abs you get from around five hundred sit-ups a day. There’s not much else to do in prison, after all.
Ella Malikov, Nik’s cousin and head of the gang. She is the Mr. Robot of the Heimdall station, the pirate of all pirates. She hacks like she was born doing it, like she hacked her way out of her mom’s womb. She’s that good. There’s more to her than that, though. She is also hilarious and she embarrasses her cousin bringing comedy gold moments to the chat conversations. She brings gray matter to the whole operation. Go Ella!
We had to sacrifice several kittens to ancient bloodgods in order to crack the encryption on this thing.
The story wouldn’t be complete without our not forgotten heroes from Illuminae and their appearance is like a breathe of fresh air. I don’t think it’s a spoiler they play a part on this book since the stories are interconnected so no spoilers alerts! AIDAN!! Do you remember AIDAN? Do you? My little murderous AI, all hurt and malfunctioning, makes a great entrance in Gemina and I wanted to throw him a welcome back party. He is always a ray of sunshine (darkness?), bringer of the best comebacks in conversations. He just can’t help but being logical, of course, since he was built that way, but his development and his inner monologues are so deep and full of reflections on how random we humans are that they always amaze me. Go Hypatia! Go Kady! Go AIDAN!
AIDAN: So good luck, Hanna Donnelly.
AIDAN: The universe itself depends on you.
AIDAN: …no pressure.
Explaining how great a book is without really saying much about the book is hard and I don’t know if I conveyed all I wanted you to know about its greatness in just a few apparently random sentences. Reading the paragraphs above I see everything that happened in the book because I have read it and everything reminds me of something important, something fun or just something ordinary about the story. I don’t think this review has the power to convince you to read Gemina because if you are here you have already read Illuminae and the book alone is enough to convince anybody to at least give it a try. Unless you hated it, in which case I don’t judge you, and I proceed to activate the countdown in my head for the third book in The Illuminae Files series! But the real question is: will it be green? Yellow? I say gold!