Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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

Picture this.

Combine the dark gritty space adventures of Battlestar Galactica with the rag tag hero (or in this case, heroes) against a terrorist takeover of Die Hard, add in a little alien infestation like, well, Alien, a dash of duplicity, a soupcon of wit, and you get close to what this book is all about. Then take that non-stop roller coaster of a story and package it up in a gorgeous epistolary fashion with video transcripts, chat logs, journal entries (complete with lovely illustrations), and just unbelievable graphic design work.

And you get Gemina.

Gemina is a stunning sequel to one of my favorite books of the past couple of years, Illuminae. It takes all the things I absolutely adored about that book, and gave it a dusty dirty twist. While Illuminae was all zombie hordes and homicidal A.I., this is climbing through duct work and trying to outwit a group of super soldiers who have taken over your home. It’s Nakatomi Plaza in space.

AND IT’S AMAZING.

It’s funny and heartfelt and stomach-clenching and so many delightful adjectives that my poor little brain keeps crying out in pain.  It’s one of those books that I cannot put down once I start, that I need to follow through to the end, and that I immediately want to re-read because the adventure can’t be over just yet.

These books have been such a joy to read, and I definitely recommend you read them. The book design alone is so unbelievably fantastic that it deserves a thorough look.  It’s definitely one that if you have to read it as an e-book or listen as an audiobook, then okay, but you should still check out a physical copy if only for the great illustrations and text patterns and all the goodness within those hardcovers.

Gemina expands on the world from Illuminae by introducing two new characters (Nik and Hanna) and a new location (the space station Heimdall) and it throws us right into the same mess of BeiTech’s attack. By the time the book is over, Illuminae’s story has joined with Gemina’s and I can only imagine what beautiful chaos awaits us all in book three.

Which I would like in my hand now.

Please?

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