Coinciding with Illuminae’s events on the Hypatia, Gemina takes us through the events of the BiTech assault on the Jump Station Heimdall. Hanna (the captain’s pampered daughter) and Nik (member of a notorious crime family) are struggling with their own lives aboard the station but what they don’t know is that the Hypatia are hurtling towards them, trying to alert them to the situation with Karenza. After a BiTech offensive team invades the station and gains control, Hanna and Nik are forced to become allies, defending their home and livelihoods of everyone else on the station. Amongst a variety of obstacles, a malfunction in the station’s wormhole causes another complication that threatens themselves, the Hypatia and the universe.
Also told through a dossier of emails, IMs, journal illustrations, transcripts, classified files, schematics…etc Gemina raises its stakes to become an exciting companion to Illuminae.
Did I say exciting?
I meant completely and utterly enthralling. Compared to Illuminae, this was one wild ride that showed little to no evidence of slowing down its pace. For me it contained everything that Illuminae failed to deliver:
1. Witty, determined, and likeable protagonists in Hanna and Nik. Also great, believable villains I love to hate in the form of Falk and his unit.
2. Formats that carry instead of hinder story and character development – especially the incredible illustrations by Marie Lu that give Hanna a more personal, three-dimensional touch.
3. An engaging plot right from the offset
I am so glad I decided to pick it up because I loved it!
I laughed rather a lot with the dialogue between Hanna, Nik, and his cousin Ella, shook with horror at the disturbing critters bred by Nik in the reactor, and scratched my temples along with other characters aboard the Hypatia regarding the rather strange paradox.
It is without a doubt the best book I’ve read this month, and is in contention to be one of the best books of this year.
Book three cannot come soon enough!