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The Gemini Connection

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Teen twin brothers Evan and Simon Resnik are fiercely loyal to each other and share an unusual bond—they experience each other’s emotions as their own and can sense where the other is.

On their dying planet of Tage, scientists work tirelessly on its survival. Like the twins’ parents, Simon is a science prodigy, recruited at a young age to work with the brilliant creator of
Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published June 7th 2018 by Black Rose Writing
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May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story really throws you in a deep end, the first chapter is a whirlwind of action - I actually scrolled back to make sure I hadn't missed a more traditional opening gambit, and was a really refreshing way to start off!  The story is told in both present day and flashback in the POV's of each brother initially bringing us to the cataclysmic of Simon's disappearance and continuing with essentially a sci-fi thriller as Evan starts up his own search for Simon having given up with the PI's lack ...more
Suze Lavender
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simon and Evan are twins with an exceptional gift, they can feel each other's emotions. They have a strong connection that's always present. Simon is a genius, working hard to save Tage, their dying planet. Evan isn't as smart as his brother, but he has other talents. Unfortunately their parents aren't interested in what he can do, they only show their disappointment in their son. Evan is one of the most talented Mindbenders around. Locating memories inside scientists' minds is a piece of cake f ...more
Darque  Dreamer
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Gemini Connection is exhilarating! It's an edge of your seat sci-fi with a mystery! You are gong to love the emotion and uniqueness this one has to offer!

Oh, the feels! On the surface, this began as a fast paced sci-fi story. Having dug deeper, it offered emotional connections, thrills, and a bit of the paranormal!

This was my first book read by Teri Polen, and it certainly won't be my last. I loved her writing style. It flowed seamlessly. It sparked vivid images in my mind, and strong feelin
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
Full disclosure, I am acquainted with Teri Polen through a loose association of bloggers that all review for Rosie’s Book Review Team (#RBRT). However, being acquainted with her and knowing her are two different things. This does not affect my following review of The Gemini Connection.

The Gemini Connection is quite the departure from Polen’s first novel, Sarah. Sarah was horror, and this is sci-fi. As in set on another world, involving technologies beyond our current ability, and invoking the al
Amanda Whitten
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Solid good book

Easy to follow but detailed. Nice story line. It didn't end with a cliffhanger but I still want to know more. Liked it a lot!
D.G. Driver
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel was fantastic. I'm not a big science fiction fan, but this one grabbed my attention and kept it through the whole story. (I was directing a play while reading this book, and I was often caught reading the book backstage before performances to see what would happen next.) I loved the complicated relationship between the twin brothers Simon and Evan and that the narrative goes back and forth between them AND back and forth in time. They also have a subconscious bond to each other that i ...more
Mae Clair
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Part YA (or new adult) novel, part science-fiction, and part mystery, The Gemini Connection by Teri Polen hits all the right marks for an engrossing tale with engaging characters. The story centers on twin brothers Simon and Evan, as different in temperament as they are in interests and strengths. There is also a roster of great supporting characters who are every bit as compelling and are key to the story. I spent a lazy Sunday afternoon flipping through the pages of this book, unable to put it ...more
Ana Garza
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this over the summer, but I had been so falling so behind in my reviews!
First of all, the connection between twins has always been interesting to me, and this book was one of those I-can't-put-this-down- leave-me-alone-so-I-can-read. I had the pleasure of reading Sarah and I loved it, as I loved this one too. I was even given the opportunity to interview Teri Polen and she was wonderful and I'm glad she's trying new genres and look forward to her next adventure.

Thank you to NetGalley for
Cecily Wolfe
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was up almost all night finishing this one, which really had me spellbound with the intensity, action, and compelling storyline as well as characters that were so believable. There was a lot here that I didn't expect, which really kept me on the edge of my seat as this science fiction thriller unfolded.
Jo Anna
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 Stars

"Can you think of any way a person could disappear from a room, with a locked door and windows, and leave no trace of how he got out or where he was taken?"


Simon and Evan are identical twins, born from genius scientist parents, living on a dying planet. The two boys are as different as could be, but they share a deep connection that even they don't completely understand: they can read and experience each other's emotions. When Simon suddenly disappears one night, Evan is left
Jessica Bronder
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tage is a planet that has reached its end and is dying. Simon and Evan are teenage twins that have the ability to sense each other. Simon is a genius and part of the Scientific Innovations. Evan shows no aptitude for science which causes a riff between him and his parents. But Evan has his own abilities, Mindbending. He can reach into a scientists head and find lost information or even calm nightmares.

But one night Simon cries for help on night and disappears. Evan is heartbroken and guilty tha
Jessica Rachow
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Teri Polen has created a unique story filled with unexpected surprises. The world building is fabulous, and Tage really comes to life. I love the idea of the scientists and their research. This story is very different from many YA distopians I’ve read.

I love the characters in this novel. It is a very character driven novel, which I always find fascinating. The bond between twins, Evan and Simon is creative – they can feel each other’s emotions, and when that is taken away from Evan you can feel
Tonya Luttrull (Rustic Book Reviews)
Thank you to Netgalley and Black Rose Writing for release of this copy for review!

This book was so good!

It is told in POV's of the brothers and it is both present day and flashbacks. Bringing us to the cataclysmic of Simon's disappearance and continuing with essentially a sci-fi thriller as Evan starts up his own search for Simon having given up with the PI's lack of progress. As the backdrop to it all is Scientific Innovations, an apparent overlord covering everything from cure development and
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book!
This is an absolute amazing adventure ot two twin brothers. One of them is Mind Bender, the other one is scientist. They live in a Broken world running out of its resorses. Simon, the scientists, discovers away to make portals to another planet thar has the needed resorses but shortly after that he disappeared from lock room without a trace. Evan is devastated and his parents blame him for Simon's loss. Can he help him and
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I haven't read anything strictly sci-fi in a long while, and this was a great read. Tage is quite a different place--great worldbuilding.

As an only child I am fascinated by sibling relationships and this provided a really interesting take on the twin bond. I enjoyed Evan and Simon's connection and how they cared deeply for each other and what the other is interested in even if it didn't really matter to the other. Syd and Max are great deep characters that feel real
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a bit of a slow burn but it quickly evolves into a thrilling, action-packed story! It’s also very character driven and we get to spend a lot of time getting to know each twin and what makes them tick.

One of this things I really loved about this book, is that the author was careful to create an original story that doesn’t consist of all the usual YA tropes I’ve come to expect. I appreciated that there was no “insta-love” between characters but there was a little romance. In addition
Victoria Zigler
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a gripping read, filled with plenty of action and suspense. It is well written in general, the plot moves at a nice pace, The world building is fantastic, and the characters are well rounded and believable.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium. She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat. Sarah, her debut novel, was named a horror finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.