Review | GENIMA by Amie Kaufman & Jay kristoff

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)Title: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Rating: ★★★★★

Publisher: Penguin

Release Date: October 18, 2016

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


I am so pumped after reading this. I liked Illuminae, and loved the intricate formatting, but I was never wowed by the story. Genima brought everything together and I was so invested in all the characters, new and old. We follow Hanna and Nik, an unlikely pair abroad Jump Station Heimdall as they must team up to save not only themselves, but their home.


Things I Liked 
It was so easy to get re-immersed in this world. It had been a while since I read Illuminae, but Gemina did a good job of expanding and building on what happened in book 1 without ever feeling repetitive. I also like the personal ties to book 1 like Kady and Ezra cameos, and getting to see Kady’s dad on the Heimdall.

I’m a sucker for sarcastic and banter-filled romances and Hanna and Nik have it in spades. Their romance wasn’t the most developed thing I’ve ever read in my life, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

I feel like there were even more tension and higher stakes in Genima. We get to see the fallout of the Karenza massacre and how BioTech has dealt with that. I also really liked getting to be on Heimdall and seeing the wormhole in action. And there was lots of action – from racing around the massive ship to hacking and everything in between, there was a lot going on.

I’m surprising myself here, but I actually really grew to like A.I.D.A.N. a lot in Gemina. I didn’t hate him in Illuminae, but I didn’t really care about him at all, so I was happily surprised that I appreciated his inclusion in the story and was happy to see him whenever he reappeared.


Things I Didn’t Like 
This isn’t a big grip, but the worm parasite things really freaked me out, They were just nasty and super gross.

I feel like there was a lot of surveillance footage summary notes in the beginning of the story that made it read a little slower than I expected. They added a lot of detail that I liked and helped create a really full world, but it wasn’t what I was expecting.

I feel like a lot of the BioTech team members were cannon fodder. We probably didn’t need that many characters, when we barely learned their names before they died. There were a few we got to spend more time with, like Kali, but I thought she was not that strong. The villains were a lit of a let down overall.


This book made me completely fall in love with this series and I can’t wait to see what happens in Obsidio.

Have you read Gemina yet? What did you think of it? Who’s your favorite character? Share below!

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4 thoughts on “Review | GENIMA by Amie Kaufman & Jay kristoff

  1. Genni @ Ready, Set, Read! says:

    Gemina was my favorite in the trilogy! I hope you love Obsidio. 🙂 I will say, I think the surveillance footage can slow it down as well. When I read Obsidio last month, it took me a bit to get into because there was good chunks of just surveillance. It feels so slow to read due to all the other mixed media! Nik and Hanna are adorable together. I loved their banter!!

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  2. LaRonda @FlyingPaperbacks says:

    I have yet to get to Obsidio, so this one will take the place as my favorite ❤ I remember listening to it and liking the characters more than the main characters in Illuminae (even though Illuminae made me cry???) I need to get to the finale soon, but I'm not ready for it to be over T_T

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