GEMINA BY AMIE KAUFMAN AND JAY KRISTOFF
This is gonna be one long post. I’m sorry, I tried to make it short but it just wasn’t working out with us, my brain is way to full of thoughts. Okay so I’m going to give you guys a short preface before my spoilery section. Emphasis on short because it’s a sequel and I really can’t tell you anything without spoiling the first book, Illuminae. Basically Illuminae is about the future, way in the future and it’s about a company that attacks an illegal mining operation and it’s “narrated” by Kady Grant and Ezra Mason. Two people who broke up just this morning. Awkward. If you can really call anyone the narrator. Its unique format sets it apart from other books, it’s told in the form of IMs,surveillance footage summaries, radio transmissions, and other cool techy stuff. That’s all I can say. Go away if you haven’t read Gemina.
Everyone here has read Gemina, right?
Okay let’s just start by saying that going to see the authors of this book gave me a completely different perspective on the novel. I liked Illuminae, didn’t love it, but this book! One of my favorite reads of 2016. For sure. We kick off with a surprise, yay *sarcasm*, we get new characters! Yes, not a single person is from the last book. I really liked Kady and Ezra. I wanted to see them together, together, together, together, together, together, together, together, etc. At the beginning, I’ll admit, I did not like Hanna and Nik But ya’know, now they are probably one of my top ten ships so things changed. To give you a perspective on how I read this book I’ll just tell you that quite bit of it was read during muted commercial breaks in the Warriors game. As some of you may know the playoffs are going on and it was a challenge to balance my love of Gemina with my encouragement for the Warriors. GO WARRIORS. We start with a classic dose of Amie & Jay humor. Love that.
Lets talk about the House of Knives, or as the in-crowd call it, the HoK. That thing with the cows and the injections and the eeeeeeewwwwwww, I’ll admit it, I squealed. And then I thought, They aren’t paying me enough to read this. At first I was kind of confused as to wether the HoK was a family or a society, but now I’m pretty sure that it’s an association that all of Nik’s family is in. Am I right?
When we met Kady’s dad I got super excited but then I realized that it was just her dad and her dad isn’t her. Her dad hasn’t freaking talked to her in six months for that matter.
This book is pretty confusing, but one of the most confusing things in the book is when they are texting and then one of them gets cut off or responds with … At one point I thought I had this solved because they had that thing on their tooth and in their ear and actually they were talking and it got translated to typed out words, but then later on they refer to typing speed and I just got confuzzled.
I knew something fishy was going on with Jackson… I smelled something fishy about him from the beginning. That said, I still not see that plot twist coming. But can we just talk about that note that she left when she killed some BeiTech Goon whose name escapes me;
Ella’s video diary was AMAZING. I wasn’t feeling that close to her as a person. Sure she’s a great hacker and altogether and awesome person but I wasn’t feeling her personality and that video diary just really helped me relate to her. I knew something was happening with Nik’s back story and when I learned about all he had gone through… aawww… He went to number three on my fictional boyfriend list. Yes, that is a real thing. He’s right after Rhysand, No. 1 and Percy Jackson, No. 2.
I just love this slight sub-plot about the security analysts. We’ve had this one guy all through book one and the first half of book two, I’ve grown fond of him. But then he gets this AI (apparently not AIDAN) to analyze the footage for him because he doesn’t want to. And then for no real reason we get this other guy who I decidedly do not like, he’s strange and poetic. But, don’t think I didn’t notice that for the last footage summary (I’ll get to that later) we got the old guy back!
So when the AI was hinting at something, he kept on saying,”he’s the only solid thing in her world… Little does she know…” I thought they were gonna pull a We Were Liars on me and then just be all like “Ha! Actually they’re all dead! Ha! LOL!” ( spoiler. sorry)
Okay guys, now we get into the meat of it! Y’all ready for this??? When he died or “died” I literally ran out on the Warriors game and hid in my dark bedroom for ten minutes rethinking life (meaning Gemina). Then I came to the conclusion that he wasn’t dead. I couldn’t think of any plausible reason why but I knew that he WASNT FREAKING DEAD! This isn’t TFIOS and one of the main characters is NOT gonna go die on me (spoiler. sorry). I was doing some major crackpot theories. I thought that maybe she thought that the drug of the creepy slimy things didn’t get to her but actually it did and she was fantasizing. Don’t judge. I was desperate. That whole Gemina thing was EPIC though…
When I read the fake after action report I was sooooo mad at Amie and Jay. I was about ten pages from the end, in the middle of the fake report and I saw it clear as day. They’re all going to die. Ella and Hanna and Nik. They were just vehicles to tell the story that needed to be told by someone aboard the Heimdall. Of course, I was wrong, because when am I ever right with my crazy crackpot theories? Never.
I took notes on this book for a review and my last note just says. Omigod. This is brilliant. I think that pretty much sums up the ending. The entire book for that matter. Sorry for the crazy feels and thoughts,
P.S. This review kind of feels like a shout into the void since I received this ARC and a lot of people haven’t read it yet.
P.P.S. Gemina comes out October 18, buy it! I loved it.