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(The Illuminae Files #2)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  71,224 ratings  ·  13,108 reviews
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 pa
Library Binding, 659 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Ryan They still play a part. I'm 100 pages in and I can tell you that this story happens at the same time as Illuminae. This is what is happing at the Jump…moreThey still play a part. I'm 100 pages in and I can tell you that this story happens at the same time as Illuminae. This is what is happing at the Jump Station Hemidall. You do get to meet the parents though. I'm sure Kady and Evan will show up before the end though.(less)

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Jay Kristoff
Dec 21, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Until I find time to make a gif review (wtb Jay clone pst), here's a GEMINA FAQ:

Is GEMINA a sequel or companion novel to ILLUMINAE?

Both. Chronologically, it picks up about 5 minutes after ILLUMINAE ends. The book continues the story of the invasion of Kerenza IV, and many of the important questions asked in ILL are answered in ILL2, ie “The Hypatia was sending distress calls all through Illuminae, why did help never arrive?” and “Can there possibly be a dude in the universe hotter than Ezra Maso
Caz (littlebookowl)
They've done it again. Threw my emotions onto a roller coaster ride into space and through wormholes and just every which way.
It was kind of exhausting reading this, but in such a good way. Man. Oh man <3

Third time reading this I listened to the audiobook. If you have the opportunity to experience it on audio (even both audio & physically read) I WOULD RECOMMEND YOU DO IT. With a cast of characters and sound effects, the listening experience is EPIC.
The story is also pretty epic, too. The
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
THIS WAS GREAT. So many aspects of this book BLEW MY MIND. I'm so curious to find out how this story is going to come to a close in the last book!

More thoughts here:
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance.”

Or you might just call her Hanna Donnelly! Just saying. *lol*

Pff! Where do I even begin to write this review? XD I’m aware I already said this about Illuminae but damn me and my exclamation marks, I’ll just have to say it again: THIS BOOK WAS EVEN BETTER THAN ILLUMINAE AND I STILL WASN’T PREPARED FOR ANY OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED!!! *LOL*

I mean, I read a lot. Every one of you who bothers to read my super long reviews
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Re read on Audio before Obsidio gets here soon!!! The audio was fanfreakingtastic! ❤️

Sometimes I re-read my reviews & they are moronic!


I wanted to do this big thing. I immediately took the cover off to see what the hardback looked like and loved it. I even painted my nails blue to go with the book and I had on blue lipstick but you could still see my stupid fever blister. . . so. . . the kiss I was going to blow, just No. So the lipstick I put beside the book. Everything is so beautiful blue! ♥

Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Re-read: February 12th 2018

Gemina was one of the best things that happened to me in 2016! I can't even tell you how crazy good this baby was. If you didn't care about Illuminae much, i still highly suggest giving this a go.

Can we all just appreciate how magnificently beautiful AIDAN is!?! Let me sit here and swoon a little.

I am aware this quote is from the first book, but i just can't deal with how great it is. Possibly the most favorite quote of all times! I was overjoyed when his chapters st
5/5 ⭐

Hello, yes.
This is the ghost of me picking up this sequel because of the mere inconvenience that my soul has been ripped away from my body in the previous book :')
If I screech around, don't mind me, I am not haunting you, I'm simply wailing because of feels

This is the second instalment of the series and I think it is also my favourite, but mainly because I fell in love with that dimpled and tattooed rogue named Nik Malikov and because I also felt a desperate need to be friends with his lit
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I originally read Gemina, the second installment of The Illuminae Files, in December of 2019. I listened to the audiobook and had a difficult time connecting with it. I really felt like I didn't retain any of the story.

I decided to pick it back up and give it another shot, as for me, I genuinely believed it was a choice of formatting versus a story issue.

Oh, how right I was. I loved my time reading my hard copy and was surpr
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, science-fiction, ya
I didn't enjoy this quite as much as Illuminae but it still was really enjoyable! I'll go more into depth in a video review soon! ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
But why is it over? Why must we wait for so long until the next one?

I'll be honest, I loved Illuminae & was skeptical of all the hype saying Gemina was better, but after finishing this I almost want to go back and adjust my Illuminae rating to a 4 and keep this at a 5. It was just an entire star better.

All my thoughts are muddled so I'll try to come back and give this a proper review when things settle down, but just know I loved this. So many feels. 💙
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
daaamn jay and amie - back at it again with the coolest book ever!

i felt like the most badass detective sifting through case files and trying to figure out whats going. just as exciting, remarkable, and unique as illuminae. my mind is still blown away by the level of detail in the work of genius that is this story. i cant even imagine the amount of effort that went into creating this.

i bow down to the most iconic literary duo. amie and jay are legends.

5 stars
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)

Gemina was one hell of a ride! It was great but I must admit, not as great as Illuminae for sure. BUT... it was still mindblowing nonetheless. I will write a full review once we get closer to release day but I've included a few pros and cons down below.

1. BAD ASS NEW CHARACTERS: Hesistant about Gemina focusing on a new set of characters? Don't be!
2. PLOT: This book will leave you mind-freakin-blown!
3. FORMAT: If you made it through Illuminae, you already got used to the
Luna. ✨
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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BR with this Chum

"It may comfort you to know that your death, while astonishingly violent, will likely be mercifully swift."

^^ accurate picture of my face when the action started.

Okay so let me start by saying this book was awesome. I enjoyed reading it so much. I feel like this book should be illegal it's that good. The plot was fast paced and full of twists. This book is FUCKING EXCITING? I feel like I was
Emma Giordano
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
A solid four stars! I felt this was a great sequel. I listened to it on audiobook and I would HIGHLY recommend! (if you're afraid of missing out on all the beautiful artwork, its easy to listen and flip through the images when you can) I don't think I missed out on anything despite it being such a visual story; The production of the audiobook is the best I think I've ever heard. The new characters/perspective were really interesting and it was natural to ease into their story. Hannah and Nick ar ...more
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Surveillance footage summary,
prepared by
Analyst ID 8759-6294-DN

Subject has decided, against our better judgement I might add, to continue reading The Illuminae Files and so here I am again writing up ANOTHER summary. We were forced to move the subject to a room with concrete walls & a minimal amount of breakable objects - though I must admit her attempt to chop the bed frame in half with her bare hand was admirable. I imagine that particular action was inspired by the physical prowess of one of
congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best YA fantasy & science fiction category 2016!

i read this last week when i was sick in bed the day after halloween, needing a guaranteed fast, fun, escapist book to breeze through while huddled under the covers with a giant pot of halloween candy in easy reach.

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best sick day ever.

this book may be even better than Illuminae, even though it is similar in many ways.

the same beautiful design and layout is back:

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and this time there are som

What was going through my head while I was reading this?

✨ I could get used to this thrill ride. Lightning struck twice.
✨ I hate these characters. Every last one of them.
✨ I miss the Illuminae gang. Every last one of them.

So, here's the thing, I didn’t have the highest of hopes going into Gemina and that's not exactly how I usually start books. Granted, that's not how most people start books either but because these books are deeply character-driven novels, I knew from the reviews I'd read and
Ah, good fantasy. (Please read with the exact voice and emotional expression of the Spongebob Squarepants narrator soothingly intoning, Ah, Goo Lagoon. If you do not know this reference, please go educate yourself on the tenets of modern culture, you uncultured swine.) BUT WAS IT ACTUALLY GOOD FANTASY?! Now I regret typing that long Spongebob allusion. But not enough to remove it. It took too long. I cannot waste these amazing pop-culture references.

I am v
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
4.5 Stars

ahhh!! I still love it!! RTC


Yes, I am reading this again.

Third time and I feel no shame. These books are so much fun??

First-buddy read with the lovely maybelline ❤️
Ashley Nuckles
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reread March 2018 on audiobook. IT WAS EVEN BETTER THE SECOND TIME I JUST CANT

If I could give this book 10 stars I wouldn't hesitate; hell, even a million stars wouldn't do it justice.


The plot around Heimdall Station: SUSPENSEFUL
The new characters, Hanna & Nik: KICK ASS
The return of beloved characters: PERFECT
The introduction of new, crazy points in the story: MIND BLOWING
The storytelling format: GETS BETTER WITH EVERY BOOK

Literally everything in Gemina was brilliant.
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I kept hearing how the second book of this series is even better than the first and... no.

I listened to the audiobook since it was recommended and I think it may have been a mistake. There's only so many times you can hear the dates and email address of people before wanting to throw your phone at the wall.
Hearing adults read cringy flirty teenager conversations was awkward and I didn't care for any of the characters.

I honestly thought throughout the whole book about DNFing... some parts were ok
Jessi ❤️ H. Vojsk [if villain, why hot?]

„War does not determine who is right
- only who is left.“

Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Did you ever think about the theory that our reality exist of many universes?
That maybe, in another universe, you’re not a reader (😱) but a gamer or something else.
There’s another version of you, or two or three.
I need to say, that I’m probably not that smart that I could actually explain you this theory, but in this book this theory is called Gemina.
(Like the freakin book.)
Beitech did some real sh*t on Karenza (we can
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure how I was going to like this one. Throughout at least half of the book, I was thinking it was going to be only 3 stars. But the ending punched it into a 4 star slot, topping it off with another cliffhanger ending. Full video review will be up on my channel closer to release! ...more

1.) Illuminae ★★★★

“Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance.”

You all, I just don’t know what to say. This series just doesn’t do for me what it does for everyone else. I don’t dislike these books at all, they just aren’t even close to being one of my all time favorites either. Please, take this review with a grain of salt, because literally all of my friends five star this series. And even though I really like and appreciate the unique formatting, w
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads, 5-stars

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars
Lead Male Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars
Lead Female Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars (Hanna) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars (Ella)
Plotline: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars
Genre: Si-fi, fantasy, adventure, thriller, a bit of romance, and a whole lot of craziness!
Will I recommend this book to others?: Fuck yeah!
Will I reread this book?: YES!
Overall story summed up in one word: PERFECTION!

So I Googled the definition of perfect and this is what came up:


May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Motherfucker of a story. I just read this 600+ page monster in one sitting, that's how epic it was. As suspenseful, charming and gritty as its predecessor albeit fantastically uniquely so. The wait for book 3 will be crushing. ...more

This book will blow out your brains and hump your skull.
♛ may
Ultimate buddy read with my darling (but-not-really-darling-more-like-kinda-a-lot-crazy) squad, SanaRyEmLunaPragCaitlinJenn

^^Click their names to see their reviews - you won't regret, they're fabulous. ♡ ♡

I’ve just spent the entire day in another universe, excuse me while I try to reintegrate into real life.

To give a brief summary of my emotions:


This series just got so much better, like multiple folds better.

Gemina continues the story of Illuminae, but from the other
Chums, am I the only one that feels confused reading these books?!

I'm going to attempt to review it, because honestly, so far, my feelings towards this trilogy, is all over the place. To the point where I can't rate it, because I'm feeling so conflicted.

- The characters are awesome. Kady, Ezra, Hanna and Nik. Oh, fuckin AIDAN. First time I've had feelings towards a damn inanimate object, what the hell.
- The writing was just soooo much FUN (and experimental) to read. I loved the differen
❀ Lily ❀
This was so boring until the last like 20% of the book.
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Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in over 30 countries, and is in development for film and TV. Raised in Australia and occasionally Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and daughter, their rescue dog, ...more

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