In summary, Gemina = badass daddy’s little girl + cocky & compassionate drug dealer X mafia + computer geniuses + wormhole + alien parasites + evil outer space corporation + strangely helpful artificial intelligence + extremely confusing space theories + MASSIVE PLOT TWISTS! ♦♦♦
But… the problem with sequel is, I always start it with a certain (by certain I mean ridiculously high) expectation and it almost never live up to it. So, is Gemina better than Illuminae, you (didn’t) ask? Well, I’ll answer that thoroughly 😛
THE PLOT IS AMAZING. It’s shocking, it’s mind blowing, it’s definitely out of this world. Gemina is a lot more complicated than its prequel because it involved a lot more variables and delved so much deeper into the whole BeiTech conspiracy–which was so so EVIL! The plot twist was EVEN MORE SHOCKING! I thought I was immune to plot twists but boy I was wrong, Gemina really got me. I mean, really got me. I mean, that ‘almost’ ending? I DIEEEEEE 😦
SO. MUCH. FEELS.
There were SO MANY outer space terms and theories and I was genuinely confused all the time??? It can’t get any more sci-fi than this. Gemina is the ultimate sci fi book of ever! I’m not even sure if I read it right… to be honest. BUT if you’re like me and science fiction confuses you, just GO WITH IT. The more you read, the faster you’ll be immersed in it and you will still understand the bigger picture. The rest is just technicality 😉 but you know… might not hurt to do a quick google search on wormhole and anything related to it.
HOWEVER, I found the alien parasites a bit irrelevant to the story because it wasn’t actually… you know, affecting the story? It’s unrelated to the attack and frankly it just seemed like one more obstacle for our characters to tackle. Phobos virus was still a lot more terrifying. BUT OTHER THAN THAT, the conspiracy and parallel universe and all the other stuffs are so so so MIND BLOWING! I literally couldn’t get how Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff could come up with these stuffs.
Sooo yes, plot wise, Gemina is better than Illuminae ♣
We were introduced to some new characters, starting from our hero/heroine, Hanna Donelly and Nik Malikov. Hanna is a daddy’s little girl who spent her life moving from one station to another and learning a bunch of martial arts and Nik is a member of this mafia family who illegally sells drug but is actually very kind-hearted. They’re both so snarky, their chemistry is CHAMP, and the character developments were so good but I sadly didn’t fully connect with them 😦 I mean, really, they’re all bad ass and everything, but I’m still so hung up on Kady and Ezra 😦 I’ve imprinted on them. I wish they made more appearances though…
Also, I felt like Hanna’s personality was very similar to Kady which is a bummer because I’d love to see something new. There aren’t many side characters to care about either. Seriously, there are only Hanna, Nik, Ella, Jackson, and Chief Grant. The rest are random people and villains whose names I couldn’t even remember. And literally, 1000% didn’t care if these other people were alive or not. I wasn’t happy about it because this book felt a bit… lonely? To me? In Illuminae, there were Bryon and a lot of Ezra’s friends and fellow soldiers to care about. So character wise, Illuminae was way better.
But AIDAN is a lot more sensible and nicer in Gemina so points for that ♥
The formatting may or may not be better than Illuminae, depending on what you prefer. It’s more or less the same, though there are some new stuffs like Hanna’s drawing and writing on her journal and some new fabulous graphics. But in a sense, Gemina was a lot more narrative because there was a lot of surveillance footage summaries (which is a little boring to me because I already got used to and prefer the IMs, emails, and reports). There was also a lot of scenes narrated by AIDAN WHICH IS AWESOME because apparently AIDAN could narrate better than some random analyst :’)
ALL IN ALL, Gemina is a fabulous, mind blowing sequel to one of the best science fiction series of ever. It’s got bad ass characters, massive plot twists, and FEELS and despite its flaws, it was still so so satisfying. I’m so curious with this whole BeiTech conspiracy and how The Illuminae Group would retaliate and I need book 3 like right now. I NEED ANSWERS!!!
P.S. Could you predict what color book 3 will be? I asked Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff but she said she couldn’t tell us yet 😛 my guess is green or purple! ♦
Have you read Gemina? What do you think about it? Did the final plot twist surprise you like it did me? And do you like it better than Illuminae? I’d love to hear your thoughts!! ♥ As always, let’s steer clear from spoilers 😀
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