Gemina by Amie KaufmanGemina by Amie Kaufman


byAmie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Hardcover | October 18, 2016

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A New York Times Bestseller

Brace yourself for GEMINA—the highly anticipated sequel to the book critics called “out-of-this-world awesome”featuring journal illustrations by bestselling author Marie Lu!

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.
Praise for Illuminae:
A New York Times Bestseller
A PW Bestseller
“Out-of-this-world awesome.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“Stylistically mesmerizing.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
“An arresting visual experience.” —Booklist, Starred
“A game-changer.” —Shelf Awareness, Starred
New York Times bestselling co-authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff met thanks to international taxation law, and soon struck up a writing partnership based on a shared love of blowing things up and breaking hearts. Their first collaboration resulted in the international bestseller Illuminae. Separately, Amie is also the co-author of t...
Title:GeminaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:672 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.87 inPublished:October 18, 2016Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553499157

ISBN - 13:9780553499155


Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome sequel! holy shirtballs! that was an excellent sequel. I was hesitant because of the way Illuminae ended, and also I wasn't sure how I felt about it following different people. But it was great! I loved the characters in this! I know I will love the characters in the next book too. can't wait to get my hands on it!
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing sequel! This is just as thrilling and unique as Illuminae. We follow different characters for the most part but they are just as fun to get to know as Kady and Ezra. The format is the same but the story is still unique and offers it's own plot twists that will leave you guessing until the last page. Sets up nicely for the third book and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Stop Reading! Gah, these books are amazinggg!!! Seriously, this sequel might have told from the perspectives of new characters and entirely new setting, but it's nonetheless equally as thrilling, heart-pounding, romantic, shocking, spellbinding, and will have you frantically turning the pages to find out what happens next... and who will be standing. This story was just as gripping as ILLUMINAE, and was filled with intense action, monsters, and wickedly intense science, and it actually ties in really well to the overarching series. While Ezra and Kady are still my most beloved, but Nik and Hanna are absolutely amazing. While it took me a little while to warm up to Hanna, it's impossible to deny how strong and motivated and ultimately awesome she is. A warrior in all sense of the word. Nik is also very interesting, tragic and complex. Ella is also completely hilarious and someone whom I'm missing right at this moment. The design of the book is even more impressive than in the first book (though I might be a little biased since some of the sketches were drawn by Marie Lu, one of my favourite authors), and it adds to the immersion. I couldn't be more excited about how this will all come together in the next and final book! I need it now!
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Sci-Fi Going in I wasn't too sure what to expect due to the format that the book is told in, but it added an extra something to the story and it was really enjoyable. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mind = blown Once again filled with wild twists, this entire series is a heart attack inducing roller coaster of epic proportions. It challenges the very edges of sci-fi so that makes it extremely unpredictable to me. Like alternate universes? Mixed with actual legit theories (Science!) of today? Simply wow.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book hangover x2 How?! How?! How is the sequel better than the first?! And WHY?! WHY?! Why is the third book so far away?! How dare Kaufman and Kristoff do this to me! Now I have to rock myself to sleep hugging these two books
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Great sequel can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Not as great as the first book illuminae, but still entertaining
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! WOW. Just... wow. This one was so much more intense than the first book.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Sequel I originally didn't like it because of the character change up but honestly after 50 pages I got used to it haha. It's honestly so fast paced and awesome to read. If you loved the first one you'll love this one.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Following the first! I gave this a four only because the first hundred pages are calm. In illuminae there's nothing calm but here, it is necessary. It is as good as the first one, althought the elements of surprise are the same has the first book. I hope they change this in the third, otherwise it will be too easy to see what is happening. Awesome book nonetheless!
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love that it encourages unconventional readers I love that this series has pictures, diagrams and other documents that may guide readers who aren't comfortable reading huge blocks of text. I was a little thrown off by the change in characters as a sequel. It all does tie together, though, near the end. I still highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast Paced Read This one exceeded my expectations! I really enjoyed the characters, and the story of this second book. The cliffhanger! Can't wait for the third book
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My FAV series! AK and JK do not disappoint with the second book in their new series! Lots of action and amazing characters, combined with the cool format... Can't wait for book #3.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is the perfect sequel to an already amazing book. I said this about Iluminae but it also applies to Gemina, this is the weirdest yet coolest book I've ever read. This is even better than the first one. I finished it in one sitting. The story just captivates you and you can't put the book down. It's so good! If you're not into sci-fi this book is a great way to get into it.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD An incredible sequel to illuminate, I kind of liked these characters a little MORE, STILL LOVE EZRA AND KADY THOUGH
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything i wanted and more I have to start this out by just getting some things off my chest. WOW OMG SO GOOD. I'M OBSESSED. HOLY CRAP. THE FEELS. THE EXCITEMENT. THE TWISTS. I LOVE IT! Ahem, okay, I'm better and can type coherently now. I was a little bit nervous going into this because I loved Illuminae so much and felt that it had everything a book should have, it is easily one of my favorites. So naturally, I was pretty nervous that this wouldn't live up to it as a sequel. Let me tell you, there was absolutely no need to be worried. Once again, Jay and Amie came up with a wonderful story line and easy to love characters. Just like Illuminae it is written through hacked files, communication logs and surveillance footage. It is such a different format for a book and I love it so much. Also Marie Lu killed it with the illustrations, they're so good. Nic and Hanna were just as amazing and lovable as Kady and Ezra were. Hanna is an amazing character, she's witty, funny, smart, not to mention a complete badass. Nic was a bad boy who is secretly good and I thought he added so much to the story. I was rooting for him right from the beginning. Ella was also a good addition to the story line. She's extremely funny, sassy, smart and she's a genius hacker..what more can you want?! This book is a roller coaster ride of emotions. So much happens throughout it and it went in a completely different way then I thought it would in the beginning I don't want to get into the plot much because I don't want to spoil anything for either book for you. Just be prepared to be on the edge of your seat and biting your nails from nerves. You may even shed a few tears. Overall, I love this book and series and seriously can't wait for the next, and final, installment. It needs to be here NOW! If you haven't picked up this series, or this book, you really need to.. you're definitely missing out
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY MIND HAS BEEN BLOWN This book amazed me even more than the first book. Action scenes were phenomenally written in my opinion and again, like with the first one, I love the format of these books. They're surprisingly quick reads despite their length and I had no problem connecting with the characters and following along (although there are a lot of others I know who've had this problem). I'm going to go out on a limb here and say I loved this more than the first one but that might be because it's been a while since I've read Illuminae and I've forgotten a few things. But I did love Nick and Hanna in this and I can't wait to see where this epic story goes next. This book had me in a constant state of shock and I basically isolated myself from society for a few days while reading this because I had to fully absorb what the heck was going on. Basically, by the end of this book my mind was blown and I was questioning my entire existence. These authors write phenomenally together and I hope to read their own separate works in the future. Definitely an amazing sequel.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another amazing story I wasn't sure at first how I felt about the fact this was a companion novel to Illuminae and not a sequel - but I ended up loving it just as much. I've heard that people don't find this romance portion as believable but that didn't bother me at all. I just really enjoyed that by changing our focus to a new set of characters we got to learn so much more about the galaxy in which the Illuminae files are set. Definitely a favourite book series!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing thrill ride! Once again, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff hit it out of the park! Gemina was a thrilling roller coaster ride I happily boarded. This second installment of The Illuminae Files was just as good, if not better, than its predecessor. This story had more twists than a curly fry that kept me hungry for more. See what I did there? Anyways.... In this heart-pounding second installment of The Illuminae Files, we are introduced to Hanna Donnelly and Nik Malikov. They lead two very different lives aboard Jump Station Heimdall. One is the pampered daughter of Heimdall's commander, the other an involuntary member of his infamous mob family. While life on an isolated space station may be less than desirable, Hanna, Nik, and the residents of Heimdall are unaware that Katy Grant and the Hypatia are on their way and life as they know it will take a drastic turn. Desperate to eliminate all incriminating evidence left in the aftermath of the attack on Kerenza, Beitech sends a proficient strike team to commandeer the Heimdall. Hanna and Nik must now work together to defend their ship and the lives of everyone on board. With the aid of Ella "Pauchok" Malikov, Nik's 15-year-old computer genius cousin, they may have a fighting chance of getting out of this alive. But the auditor team is the least of their problems when they discover they are being hunted by bloodthirsty alien parasites and a malfunction in the wormhole that could potentially tear apart the space-time continuum. Now Hanna, Nik and Ella not only have to fight for their lives, but the fate of those aboard Hypatia and the entire universe. I absolutely loved Illuminae and I had my hopes up for Gemina. Often, a second book in a series pales in comparison to the first book. I can say with absolute confidence that Gemina definitely does not suffer from second book syndrome! I think perhaps I might even like this one more than Illuminae. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Somehow Even Better Than Illuminae!! It's been so long since I've read a book that I've loved this much - I forgot that I could love a book this much! If you loved Illuminae then you will absolutely love this book too. I was a little worried going into the story because this book mainly takes place on board the Heimdall rather than the Hypatia, meaning we mostly follows Hanna and Nik rather than Kady and Ezra...but it worked so well! This story started off seeming completely different but as it progressed it tied back together with Kady and Ezra's story perfectly - with them coming into the story towards the end. Characters: I loved Hanna. Kady was a tough female character to top with this book, but Hanna is just as (maybe more) badass and lovable as a character. Her capabilities in extreme conditions and her skill set turned her into a really badass character, while her down-to-earth personality made her feel so REAL! The combination of her capabilities with her emotional state was executed perfectly to make her relatable and badass at the same time - and c'mon, you'd think a rich, space commander's daughter could never be relatable! On the other hand, Nik is just someone you can't hate. Though technically a criminal, he is not plagued with any tacky "tough guy act" or anything like that. He is inappropriately funny, sarcastic, and tends to swear a lot which is much more believable than any tough-guy-act could ever be. We also get to see his sensitive side more and more as the story progresses and more and more is at stake. His humour combined with his sensitive/protective side makes him a really lovable character and also makes him relatable, removing him from his past of crime. Story: Remember in Illuminae when it was non-stop action and crazy twist after crazy twist? Well that's the case here too, except the crazy twists are even more epic and large-scale. I can't say too much without giving it away, but there was so much action throughout the story that I couldn't put the book down. I loved it. None of that action was pointless or a waste of paper, it was all perfect. I would actually have to close my eyes and sigh relief at some parts, and at others I would grab the book hard and yell "WHAT?!" (My bf had to ask if I was ok). This book made me physically react - which is only proof of how immersed into the story I was. Whereas Illuminae took about 50 pages for me to get into, this one gets you right away. I think I like it more than Illuminae for that reason: it's non-stop perfection from start to finish. Though, if you absolutely despised the multimedia formatting of Illuminae, I suppose you won't like this either even though it is executed a little better. Overall LOVE LOVE LOVE! I need the last book now!!! Rating: 5/5 Stars
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adrenaline Rush I love the Illuminae Series! A tad disappointed when the first part felt like the same story as Illuminae with new characters but the ending made up for it. After readin Illuminae I should have learned to expect the unexpected. My feelings were played with again. Because of everything that happened in Gemina...I'm going to expect time travel in the next book ha ha
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love The Illuminae Series I rarely keep up with books as they come out and usually just read them after at least three or so of a series has been released but Illuminae pulled my interest from the second I heard about it. I read it in the course of two days and immediately went online to preorder the second book. As soon as it came I put it in my Immediate to-be-read list and finished the book I was reading as soon as I could and honestly it was worth it. I love the creativity of how these books are written and I also love the characters. I felt it was a bit overly similar to the first book but it was good enough and honestly I loved the first book enough that it didn't bother me at all. If I was friends with anyone who would read I'd make them read this.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING The plot of the story was amazing and I have no idea how the authors could top Illuminae, but they somehow did. The plot consisted of all of the best things: a sassy and strong female lead, a misunderstood bad boy (swoons!), PLOT TWISTS, heart wrenching moments, and hilarious characters. Gemina was somehow so engrossing from the moment you started reading. At first I was reluctant to read it because I didn't want a new cast of characters and wanted the story of Kady and Ezra to continue from Illuminae. But after falling in love with the characters, I am now so happy that the authors chose to write the story the way they did. The whole cast of Gemina was beautiful. Every character was developed so well and I feel like it must have been such a challenge to do that with the way that the book is told. I also really enjoyed the little cameo of previous characters. It added a cool twist to the story along with many others. I loved this book so much. I am so delighted to have picked this series up because it is so good.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easily as good as the first! What I Loved Gosh. This book was just as good, if not better, than the first book. I can’t even explain to you why. There were problematic parts but I was just SO entertained the whole way through that I couldn’t help but give this book five stars. There wasn’t a single chapter that wasn’t filled with action. I found that this book even had a few horror elements (the gross worms if you’ve read it) which I actually liked even though I was terrified. It was nothing too horrible this is a YA book after all. I feel like the format of this book was less exciting this time. We’ve seen it already in Illuminae so it was just something I was expecting in this book. I can tell you that’s it’s easy to read. I’ve heard some people express some concerns about how it must be hard to read something that’s not your typical book format. I personally found it really easy to read and I really enjoyed reading it because it was so much quicker. Those tiny little details that you don’t often care about aren’t there so it’s much quicker to get to the juicy parts. Basically the entertainment value in this book beat out everything else about it. What I Didn't Like I think this book was a teeny bit predictable at some points. Other times the logic behind some things were way over my head. I still enjoyed reading it though and the ending itself wasn’t predictable which I was happy for. Also I was NOT a fan of the creepy worm things. They were terrifying and I could have done without them. This book also lacks in the character development a little bit but that’s because of the format it’s written in so I didn’t really mind. Plus there’s so much action happening in such a short period of time that I don’t think much character development is even possible. Who I'd Recommend To I’d recommend this to any young adult sci fi lovers. There’s so many sci fi elements packed in there with that action that you won’t be able to put it down!
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I STRONGLY APPRECIATE IT. Gemina is seriously a beautiful addition to the YA fiction world. It's just as good as Illuminae, and although there is a minor bit of boringness in the plot itself, I would just fade that away and look at the bright side of things: everything else! Hanna and Nik had the most adorable relationship, and everything else was perfect. This is the most intelligent book you'll read this year. Pre-order it, enjoy it and let's make a club and wait for the third book all together! But most importantly, thank you Amie and Jay for this beauty.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lost some of the great I will say, Gemina was good, but it was no where near as good as Illuminae. Gemina followed too many of the same plot structures as book 1 so there was really no purpose to reading this except for getting a new plot. So while I enjoyed it, I didn't love that it was a carbon copy of book 1.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gemina: Not as Great as Illuminae, But Still Good 4.5 Stars To start off, it was great to be back in this world. I loved getting to see some different aspects of society that we didn’t see in Illuminae. After hearing about the Heimdall so much in Illuminae, it was cool to find out more about a jump-station in this world and how it works. The majority of reviews praised the last part of the novel as the best part that really bumps the rating back up and helps Gemina earn many of those five-star reviews. They aren’t wrong. Kaufman and Kristoff really do try to go all out to tell the best story with this premise, and the climax is enormously creative. Hats off all around. Marie Lu illustrated Hanna’s journal, and those illustrations are a lot of fun and a great new way to tell parts of the story. I intend to finally get to some of her books next year. And, speaking of fellow YA authors, it’s a lot of fun searching for the names of other authors in the group-name segments. The first issue I had with Gemina is that it shares a lot of striking resemblances to Illuminae, and I’m not talking about format and the fact that’s it takes place in space. I don’t think I can be any more specific about this without going into heavy spoilers for both, and I don’t want to give any big hints for those that have read Illuminae but not Gemina yet. Whether these similarities bother other readers is going to depend on the individual. For most people who loved Illuminae, I don’t think it will be a problem. I’m generally a tough critic. And then there are the new characters. I seem to be alone in this judging from the reviews, but I wasn’t a fan of Hanna and Nik, although when that beautiful climax happened I really wished I was. They are the reason Gemina is missing a half star. Hanna and Nik were far too similar to Kady and Ezra. Even with these problems, I loved a lot of Gemina and I look forward to Illuminae 3. Definitely check Gemina out if you were a fan of Illuminae.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as good as Illuminae So this was a mind-blowing, roller coaster of a ride! Talk about emotional ups and downs. At times I did have to concentrate really hard to understand all of the scientific theories/information they were spinning, but I managed it! I guess I know how Penny feels, surrounded by Sheldon and the gang (I think Sheldon would love this series, by the way!). I know people are worried that they won't like the book without Kady and Ezra as the main characters, but there is no need to fear. These new characters are just as lovely and we do get glimpses of the ones we loved in Illuminae. I especially loved Ella! I can't wait for #3 now because it looks like the whole gang will be there together all the way.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gemini isn't as good as its predecessor. Gemini isn't as good as its predecessor. It lacks the humour, action, and characters from the first. I was disappointed when I realized that Kady and Ezra weren't the main characters of the sequel. Instead we're given new characters that are only slightly different from Kady and Ezra. Hanna is just as witty and resourceful as Kady. Nik is just as suave and endearing as Ezra. In all honesty, Hanna and Nik feel like the bargain brand versions of Kady and Ezra. Despite this very negative review of the new main characters, I did come to enjoy their relationships an interactions. I also thoroughly enjoyed Ella being added to the mix. Her character added something new the story. Gemina also lacks the humour its predecessor used so well. I didn't laugh out loud as much or have as much fun reading Gemina as I did Illuminae. Overall, I am slightly disappointed with Gemina. The characters felt like cheap versions of the original, the writing wasn't as funny, and the plot wasn't as engaging. Despite this negative review, I did REALLY enjoy Gemina and cannot wait for the next book! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wasn't as good as the first one I got really attached to the characters in the first book and I was disappointed to learn they weren't going to be in that one. Hopefully they will be in the 3rd book. Overall though it was pretty good and I still love the concept of this book just as much as I did during the first book.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and Original After reading Illuminae early on in the summer, I was quite excited to pick up Gemina. When I first picked up Illuminae, I started off a skeptic, because the whole “found documents/recordings/we blacked out half the words” thing was a bit offputting, but the story and the execution of this unique writing style quickly drew me in. And then blew me away with its originality and complexity. Gemina was no different – except this time I started off excited to delve back into this unique mish-mash of found documents. As with Illuminae, this next installment was full of quippy, sassy characters who simply have no time for BeiTech’s world-ending high-jinx. I mean, who does, right? Hanna and Nik are absolute perfection, making me fall in love with two whole new characters (a feat I doubted, due to my affinity to Kady and Ezra).In addition, Gemina featured much less blacked out nonsense than its predecessor, which made reading much more fluent and enjoyable. The addition of pages from Hanna’s journal (illustrated by Marie Lu) were also quite cool, and added a more human element to the story, instead of just computer logs and printoffs, than had previously existed.Overall, I loved this book. After months of waiting, Gemina lived up to the hype, surpassing the level of mastery and intrigue found in Illuminae. The new central characters – Hanna and Nik – merged flawlessly with the dialogue and narrative, and fit right in with Kady and Ezra. There were enough old friends, easter eggs and twists to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, while still being completely understandable in its delivery of the story. Really, Gemina can only be described as a masterpiece – I would highly recommend to any fans of Fantasy or Sci-Fi.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Galactic Space Stations! OMG! Oh. My. Gemina! This second book in Kaufman and Kristoff’s Illuminae Files does not disappoint! Hanna and Nik are every bit as intriguing and complex and fantastic as Kady and Ezra. I don’t want to spoil it, but at 659 beautiful pages, Gemina is a bloody, heart-pounding, space adventure that will have you turning pages at hyper speed! More enemies, more destruction, more everything! Huge thank you to Penguin Random House Canada! I can’t wait to purchase a finished copy! These books are not only fantastic reading but they are wonderfully laid out with inventive diagrams, schematics, and illustrations. You need The Illuminae Files on your bookshelf. ◾️◾️◾️◾️ing fantastic!
Date published: 2016-09-28