Gemina – Review // A Sequel That Didn’t Live Up To Its Predecessor

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Book 2 in The Illuminae Files trilogy
Genre: YA sci-fi (science fiction)
Pages: 659
Format: ARC, paperback
Source: publisher
Release Date: October 18, 2016
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plot: 12 out of 20
characters: 15 out of 20
setting: 20 out of 20
relationships: 10 out of 20
twists: 15 out of 20
72 out of 100

This review contains no spoilers for this book or the first.
I received an early copy of this from the publisher. This in no way affects my review.
5 reasons to anticipate this book video. 🙂

Have you ever read a book that was so amazing that the sequel just couldn’t live up to it? That’s the case here, and I’m not sure whether to say it means Illuminae was just fantastic or Gemina was just… not. 😐

the plot

I was immersed in the first book almost immediately, and it continued to be a wild ride throughout the entire story. Here, not so much. At first I thought it just had a bit of a slower start, but when I was close to halfway in I realized I still wasn’t really hooked. The last 120 pages were intriguing, but honestly, this never honestly pulled me in. 😐

the characters

Similarly, I fell in love with Kady and Ezra just about instantly. But here, I never truly connected with Hanna or Nik. Hanna was the station commander’s daughter, while Nik was part of a thief’s guild sort of community. They were on opposite ends of the spectrum, but were both fiercely brave and determined. I definitely admired that, given their situation. I also liked Hanna’s mindset and Nik’s humor. I just couldn’t connect with them, couldn’t fall in love with them. 😐

But my favorite character (thing?) was back, and that saved the book for me honestly. You guessed it: AIDAN was back! Kady and Ezra were too, in the end, but AIDAN is my favorite so he’s more important to me. IT is more important; trying to remember that your favorite character is an inanimate object / program is hard, guys. XD

the setting

I loved the descriptions; with a book set in space, of course they were out there (no pun intended) and fun. I could easily imagine Heimdall, the entirety of the station, the areas in low gravity, and the wormhole. It was amazing to read about. 😀

the relationships

Hanna and Nik had a slow-burn romance developing with the story, and I liked it. I did. It wasn’t overbearing or obvious, but it was still present. Unfortunately, I can’t say more than that. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. I’m sure I would have if I loved Hanna and Nik, but since I didn’t, I couldn’t love their romance. 😐

the twists

For the most part, this book didn’t have a lot of shocking moments, not like its predecessor. There were a couple of things that surprised me, like the alien parasites and the ending. I mean, I didn’t see any of it coming, but other than the two listed, nothing really caught me off guard. Hopefully that makes sense. :/


All in all, Gemina was good, but nowhere near as good as the first. I’m not sure at this point if I’ll read the final book when it comes out this point, to be honest. But regardless, if you’ve read Illuminae, definitely give this one a try when it releases on October 18th. 🙂

my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Have you received an ARC of this book? Will you be reading it when it comes out? If you did get an ARC, what did you think? I’d love to know! 🙂

I’m off to bed, and in the morning I’ll be starting The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. 🙂 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤

Until next time…

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7 thoughts on “Gemina – Review // A Sequel That Didn’t Live Up To Its Predecessor

  1. Its a shame you didn’t love this as much as Illuminae! I’ve already pre-ordered and can’t wait to get my hands on it, I was at an event and a fellow blogger had an arc and I had to physically restrain myself from taking it and just reading it right then XD I can not wait for this book hopefully I love it as much as the first one 😀

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  2. Oh no!! I loved Illuminae, and I was really hoping this sequel would be just as good. Hopefully I’ll like it enough to continue on with the series! Great review 🙂

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