Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 18th 2016
Genre: YA / Science Fiction
The Jump Station Heimdall acts as a gateway between sections of the galaxy. Hanna, the space captain’s pampered daughter, is up for some fun and she knows how to find it. Ignoring her boyfriend’s requests not to get in any trouble, she makes an arrangement to meet with Nik, a member of a notorious crime family. As Hanna and Nik meet to make an exchange, an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station. Separated from their family and friends, they set about defending themselves and finding out what has happened to everyone else on board, as well as what the invaders want.
But BeiTech soldiers aren’t the only predators on board the space station, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole is causing instability in the space-time continuum. Hanna and Nik quickly realise they aren’t just fighting for their own survival – the fate of everyone on board Jump Station Heimdall, the refugee ship Hypatia, and the universe as they know it, will depend on their success.
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Gemina is Book Two of the Illuminae Files. You can read my review of Book One, Illuminae, here.
As with Illuminae, Gemina is told through a series of emails, instant messages, schematics, classified files, and transcripts. In addition, there is the benefit of Hanna’s journal pages also being included. I love the different format of the way these novels are written. It involves the reader and makes them feel like they are part of the investigation and subsequent trials taking place.
The setting of the Heimdall is excellent and the link to the first story through the Hypatia and Kady’s father helped continue the story while giving us an extended overview of the galaxy.
The chemistry between Hanna and Nik jumps right off the page. I also loved the way their relationship developed throughout the story and the way they interacted with one another. I loved Hanna even more than I loved Kady, and I didn’t think that was possible. She may be the Captain’s daughter, but she doesn’t take any crap from anyone. Nik is the bad boy with a heart of gold you just can’t help but fall a little bit in love with.
There were so many twists and turns in this novel, I couldn’t put it down. It is absolutely riveting and while some of the events in the summary of the story above may seemed far fetched, the way each event is linked and revealed is completely natural and makes perfect sense.