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It’s Explosive, It’s Blue, It’s In Space… It’s GEMINA! Let's Pretend You Haven't Already Heard Everything About This Book

5 Reasons To Read Gemina!!

What is Sci-Fi Month without an incredibly popular YA novel set in space? And even though I’m sure there is no way I’ll be able to possibly tell you anything about Gemina you haven’t heard yet… I’ll try my best.

Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

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★★★★✬  4.5 stars

Question. Have you read Illuminae?

  • YES -> Then you don’t really need to know what this book is about
  • NO -> Go and read Illuminae. I will not spoil. It’s a sequel!

Alright, fine. If you insist, Gemina is a pretty combustive YA story, set in space, mostly about teens saving their lives in the most improbable, yet very exciting ways. Happy? 😀

So that’s out of the way. Now let’s resume to the review. Reasons to read and love Gemina!

It’s Impossible, And Yet You Gobble It Up

Me: these are two 17 year olds and a paralyzed 15 year old, kicking the butt of 24 army trained spec-ops, armed to the teeth.

Also me: BUT IT’S SO DOPE!!!

And that’s pretty much how the entire idea of The Illuminae Files series. You absolutely know you’re being duped into believing what’s outright ridiculous and impossible. And yet you love it. Gemina was no different from Illuminae in this regard, but please, Kaufmann and Kristoff – just please keep it coming!

It Doesn’t Start How You Thought It Would

So you’re expecting to hear more about Kady, Ezra and AIDAN, maybe. Think again. This isn’t what the story is about. At first I was disappointed, but in the end? It’s worked out so well. The story has more angles this way, and in the end you’ll just be dying to know what’s about to happen in the third part.

Typically – The Twists

Hey, it wouldn’t be The Illuminae Files without the twists, would it? Course not. Admittedly, I guessed almost all the twists. Almost all. And I feel like guessing the twists is part of the fun in this series, isn’t it? And especially, when you think you’re predicting it… You’re really not. Not all of the times. And even if you are? Well… We come to Reason #4.

The Suspense

Kaufmann and Kristoff do not fail to keep up the pace in this one, just as they did in Illuminae. They will not let you down. You will read the entire 600+ page monster at the edge of your seat. Possibly – in a day, two at most. You will not be kind to those who wrenched your attention away from the book.

Laughter In The Face Of Adversity

There is just something about the humor in this series. All the humor and banter along with this cold plate of plentiful death. Somehow? It works! In this one, what I enjoyed the most, must’ve been the recurring dumb song, playing in the most inopportune moments, like people dying or people being super annoyed. It was priceless.


There is nothing negative that I can say about this book! Apart from maybe the fact that I really disliked the main character, Hanna. She is your typical little rich brat who thinks only about make up and hair when some serious stuff is going on. Busy with getting drugs for a party when it’s really not the main thing. Feeling all sorry about herself for living in a boring place… She’s just living her own life, I guess, but in the big picture, it looks so silly. However, I must admit, that Hanna did have her personal growth as a character, finding out who she is and who she should her, where her true virtues lie.

If you’ve read Illuminae, chances are (and they’re really high) that you loved it, and you don’t need me to persuade you to read this book anyhow. You’ll get everything you’re expecting from the sequel, and possibly even more. For once, I must say, the sequel did not fall flat! You, bookworm, know how rare an occurence that is. So get at this series.

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If you’ve read Gemina, share your thoughts with me! Any recommendations for similar books? If you haven’t, tell me how this wonderful and fun series has evaded you for so long.