Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Saturday Discussion

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Synopsis: 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 theHypatia 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. – Goodreads


Eden: I really liked Gemina. I think it was a good second book in the series. The characters were likeable and I enjoyed the larger cast of characters. However, I did not like the end of this book. There were numerous twists and in my opinion they weren’t really adding anything to the story or experience. Overall I have Gemina 4/5 but vacillated between a three and a four.

Caitlynn: Ugh, the Illuminae Files gets me again. I still love the concept of using case files to tell the story as much as I loved it with Illuminae. There were so many great things with this book and I’m super excited to see what Kaufman and Kristoff come up with next. I highly suggest reading the Illuminae series! 4/5 stars!

Jenn: I really enjoyed this book. At the beginning I loved anything and everything about this book. The twists at the end kind of bothered me though. However, the connection I felt with the characters really made up for that. This was an interesting and entertaining read. I gave it 4/5 stars.


Warning: Spoilers contained below. If you have not read Gemina yet do not proceed.


Eden: So, Gemina.

Jenn: 4 out of 5 stars.

Caitlynn: I agree. I was really close to 4.5 stars until-

J: Until the end?

C: Until the end. The whole time I was reading the end I just wanted to get through it to see what actually happens.

J: I started off liking this book a lot more than the first one. Because, I liked the characters a lot more. But, the twist at the end? I was like, “this is like a soap opera where they kill people off and magically someone has amnesia and everyone’s alive again.”

C: That is so accurate

E: Yeah, I gave it 4 out of 5. But, I was vacillating between 3 and 4. Because, I was just so over it by the end. I was l like, “we could have cut this 100 pages ago without all of the stupid twists.” It was good without the twists. I think they felt they needed it. But, it was good without them.

C: Yeah, I don’t know how they would have brought one of them back without the twist.

E: No, I mean like the other twists. It was too much. You can keep the Gemina shit. But, I didn’t need all of the lies.

J: I felt like I could have dealt with them both dying. Like, they both died in the other universe.

E: I was the same way. You know in the other universe they were real fucking losers, huh? I mean they both died. Both of their counter parts sucked.

J: Yeah, but one died in the wrong universe so that could have been caused because they were in an alternate timeline. I felt that it was cool that they expanded the science by adding this alternate universe. However, I’m worried it’s going to become like a cheesy sci-fi theater type thing where they keep adding gimmicks.

E:  I think what bothered me most was at the end they’re all dead and then here they come over the speakers.

J: That’s when I texted about it being like a soap opera!

C: But, honestly at the end of Illuminae that’s how Kady was. It’s just like, “why are you doing so many theatrical things for the Illuminae group?”

E: I didn’t like it in that either.

C: It’s kind of like Cinder where all of the characters ended up meeting up eventually. I don’t mind it that much. But, how are you in space and still find each other?

J: I feel like I didn’t mind the first two times they tricked us. But, that third time was too much because I was expecting it.

C: So, we obviously know nobody is going to die in any of these.

J: Yeah and at first I was liking this book so much more because it felt like there were higher stakes. Throughout the beginning of the book I felt like anybody could die at any time. However, the end really ruined that.

C: Why do they always have to have another thing to fight? The first time it was the AI things and this time it was the cow things. It was literally like you don’t have that in there.

E: I was cheering when we got AIDAN back.

C: I love AIDAN.

E: I think AIDAN’s hilarious.

J: I didn’t like reading AIDAN this time until the end. The last parts were good after he started interacting. Before, that I felt like it was so long winded.

E: I felt the same way but I wasn’t sure if that was supposed to be AIDAN or not.

C: Yeah, it didn’t really specify.

J: It said something about it, like “Kady told me this would be good because it will help me fix myself” or something along those lines.

E: I loved AIDAN when AIDAN was interacting with the characters.

C: I loved when Kady was talking to the captain at the other ship about AIDAN. She was like, “remember how I did all that really stupid shit but it all ended up working out?” I liked that it brought all of that back. I wasn’t expecting that.

J: I loved the person who narrated all of the video files.

C: Me too.

E: I loved it too.

E: I loved Marie Lu’s drawings in the book.

C: Yes, I felt like it added so much to the story of this book.

J: I loved the illustrations I think it gave a more personalized touch.

E: I liked that we got more of a backstory this time.

C: Yeah rather than just knowing the two dated like Kady and Ezra.

J: I also liked it more because I saw the relationship grow. In the other one I didn’t feel as connected because I didn’t get to know them separately. This time we saw each person individually and then how they were together.

C: The other book I didn’t really care if they were together. This one I was wanting them to be together the entire time.

E: I did care in Illuminae. We got to see them alone sitting on feeds just talking to each other and I felt connected them by the end. It was just in a different way than this one.

E: We also got a larger cast of character. I don’t think there was a character that I didn’t like. Even Falk, yeah I hated him but I liked his character. I liked him because he was unlikable.

J: I liked how we had an unredeemable villain this time. There was no excuse for his actions. Whereas, last time AIDAN was just doing what he was programed to do. Falk knew what was going on and still did the things he did.

E: Caitlynn, you often say you don’t see things before they happen. Did you see the thing with Jackson coming?

C: Fuck no! I did not see it coming at all!

E: How?! He continued to work his butt of to get her to turn herself in. His logic didn’t make sense. He has seen all of this and he’s still trying to get her to turn herself in.

C: I thought he was just being a concerned boyfriend.

J: Why would that ever be the right solution though?

C: I don’t know! Don’t question!

E: I will be honest I feel like this book was exactly the same as the last one. Everything from the structure, the plot, the layout of the story is almost identical. There is the exception with the twists and the personalization this time. But, they’re almost identical.

C: I’m caught between seeing where they take it next and worried that it’s going to be the same all over again.

J: I did like that this one felt more of narrative because of the journal and the video feeds. I felt like I understood and could picture more of what was happening this time.

E: Yeah, I felt like I had a better understanding of what was happening in this book. Everything made more sense to me. With Illuminae I couldn’t picture things. With Gemina I knew they layout I knew exactly what they were talking about.

C: So, its like they’re still fixing things so I want to read the next one but I’m still worried.

E: I’m afraid they’re going to get too caught up in the relationships.

J: I wouldn’t mind if the next one centered around two strangers having to interact. I like seeing friendships or partnerships form.

 

Have you read Gemina yet? What did you think?

 

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