Book - 2016 | First edition.
Average Rating:
Rate this:
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." -- Booklis t , Starred
"A game-changer." -- Shelf Awareness, Starred
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780553499155
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Kaufm
Characteristics: 659 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

JCLChrisK Feb 02, 2017

I'm going to repeat what I wrote about the first book in the series: "Absolutely compelling action and suspense in a wonderfully unusual package. I never wanted to set it down, and now that I'm done I want to keep reliving it." Everything I wrote after that opening (except the plot details) apply as well.

For the first three-fourths of this substantial volume I was ready to knock my rating down a star for too closely following the formula of Illuminae and feeling repetitive, but the authors had plenty of surprises waiting in the final quarter to keep things unexpected and fresh.

And, again, I was looking for excuses to do things that would allow me to keep the audiobook playing. It's a top-notch production.

The bestseller status is well-deserved.

CMLReads_Kristin Jan 07, 2017

Fast paced and action packed: it's Die Hard meets Star Trek! I can't wait to hear how this all wraps up in the third planned installment. If kick-butt wise-cracking heroines are your thing, definitely check this series out.

AL_CATHERINE Dec 29, 2016

I was sure this one couldn't be as good as the first. I was wrong! The unique format and plot make this compulsively readable. I can't say enough good things about the audiobook. Definitely one of the best I listened to this year! My recommendation for the first still stands: listen first and then flip through the book.

Nov 16, 2016

I loved the first book in this series, and couldn't wait to read the second. Just like the first book, this novel is told through documents and journals. I love the format, but I love the story even more. This second book was a little harder to get into, as you were starting with two completely new characters and had to learn their background stories. I had wanted the sequel to stay with the original characters from the first book. Fortunately, familiar faces do make appearances though and you do get an idea of what is going on on the Hypatia. Eventually, you begin to tune into the stories of space station Heimdall, and like the first there is a ton of action. Beitech bit off more than it could chew! Nik and Hannah were both likeable characters, and you can't help but enjoy the witty banter between them. Both are smart survivors. At first Hannah was a bit of a pampered princess. She was a bit irritating, but eventually as survival mode kicks in you begin to like her more. With Nik, you know there is more to the story and eventually you get to know the secrets he hides.

Nov 05, 2016

Quite possibly better than the first one. It's been a while since I found a book that I want to curl up on the couch or in bed with and not leave until I finished it and my eyes were strained; I'm happy to say this book did just that. Can't wait for the third and final book!

Nov 02, 2016

What a rush! So easy to start and not get up for three hours. Propulsive action from start to finish. Outstanding

Oct 28, 2016

Brilliant. Great characters and great action, teenage snark that made me laugh out loud, mind-bending science to delight my inner nerd, and an “Alien” vibe. Kaufman and Kristoff are a powerhouse team. Gemina is YA sci-fi at its best.

Oct 25, 2016

This. Was. So. Good. I think the only reason it might have been sliiiiiiighly less flat-out awesome than its predecessor, Illuminae, is that the crazy inventive format doesn't feel as fresh and revolutionary when you're reading it for the second time, rather than the first, but that's about it. This was virtually unputdownable (we need to come up with a better word than that dumb one, but it's apt) and I read the entire thing in two sittings. Sci-fi fans need to run, not walk, to check this one out.

PinesandPrejudice Oct 24, 2016

This book was amazing. I was disappointed at first that it wasn't the same characters right away as the first one but then it tied in well. And I learned to fall in love with these new characters in their crazy situation. It was just as good as the first one in my opinion.

cmlibrary_khunter Jul 27, 2016

A solid and addictive follow-up to Illuminae, this second file describes the events at the Heimdall waypoint, where the Kerenza survivors are looking to reach to survive. Daughter of the station's commander, Hanna Donnelly is planning for a party with her military officer boyfriend, Jackson Merrick, and trying to score some of the local drug known as dust (think marijuana rather than anything hard). Her drug dealer is Niklas Malikov, an outrageous flirt and nephew of the local crime lord who farms lamina, terrifying fast-evolving parasites that manufacture dust. On the night Nik and Hanna are supposed to meet up, a Bei-Tech undercover operative cons Nik and his family into intercepting a secret mission allowing Bei-Tech assassins into the waypoint. Luckily, Nik skips out on the destruction to meet Hanna while the rest of the jump station dissolves into chaos and murder. As the Bei-Tech assassins continue their mission, Nik and Hanna are left as the only two free people on the station, aided by the computer skills of Nik's cousin Ella. Through Hanna's lifelong training at strategy and combat due to her father's obsession and Nik's determination, wit, and heart, they must battle or outsmart their way through Bei-Tech's 24 assassins before a second Bei-Tech fleet arrives and their hope for a future is lost for a thousand years.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

Oct 28, 2016

KimoV thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at VPL

To Top