Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance, Thriller, Action-Adventure
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
The saga that began with Illuminae continues on board the space station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter, Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
When an elite BeiTech team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum may be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival. The fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
♥ Quick Thoughts and Rating: 5 amazingly brilliant stars, but only because I can’t give it more! (Seriously, give me multi-verses filled with galaxies upon galaxies worth of stars and I would throw them at their feet!) I feel like I’d can’t properly formulate the words, much less sentences, to give this book the adequate praise it so deserves. Just do yourself a favor and depart from this gibberish masquerading as a review and go buy yourself this book immediately!
If you’re genuinely in search for a quick summation of my thoughts, well here you go:
This! Book! So original. Ridiculously entertaining. Giver of many personal deaths and salvations. Utterly brilliant. I need more.
♥ Review: NON-SPOILERISH FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE! Much like my review of Illuminae (which you can find here), there isn’t much in the way of plot or real review elements that I can discuss because so much hinges on spoilers, plot twists, and the reader experience you have while plowing through the book yourself. In ways, this book picks up closely to where Illuminae left off, but it’s in a different place (that sounds so cool!) with a whole new cast of characters (that I absolutely adored! Bestie and book boyfriend material all day long, folks!) with all new obstacles to overcome (holy s–t, stuff got so real in this book!), but it ties in very closely to everything and everyone we learned about in the first book (yay, because we loved that too, remember?). I laughed, I cried, I fell in love, and experienced heartache and jubilation. I got the creepy-crawlies, flailed myself through crazy scenarios, literally sat on the edge of my bed, breath bated, while I gripped the book in my hands and gasped out loud as I pored over page after page. I raged and screamed and swooned and had meltdowns. This book built me up, terrified me, wrecked me completely, bewildered me, energized me, wrecked me again, and then left me feeling so completely flabbergasted and amazed at the brilliance level of these two authors that I legitimately sat the book down and gave it one hell of a slow-cap as I stood alone in my living room. (Don’t worry, I’m currently questioning my sanity level right now, too.) Delivered in much the same way as Illuminae with various forms of multimedia and illustrations (amazing artwork by Marie Lu, btw!), the visual feast for your eyes will continue in this book as well. I’m thrilled with how this book played out and I can’t wait to get more time with all our characters, hopefully all united, in book three. If the first two books are anything to go by, it’s going to be one hell of a ride! Where do I purchase my ticket?
Other things worth noting: So, here’s the deal: Me a rocket scientist? *guffaws* Yep, not a chance. Not even a tiny fraction of a chance. I mean, I’m no idiot by any stretch of the imagination but I’ve never been known to nerd out (said affectionately, btw) when it comes to sci-fi or the epicness of the universe. Awed and amazed? Absolutely. Respect the people who work/study/write about it? Bet your pretty ass I do. However, when you start talking quantum physics, wormholes, multi-verses, space travel and rips in the fabric of time and space and whatnot, that is so over my head it’s probably not-even-in-the-stratosphere-above-my-head type levels of over my head. But I’m cool with that, even when it plays a major part of the plot, as was the case with this novel (and this series as a whole). I feel like Ms. Kaufman and Mr. Kristoff did an exemplary job of explaining things where I thought, “Yeah, that totally seems legit right there.” without it reading too densely or like I was missing important bits of information. Point here being is that I totally feel like they did their homework even though I don’t understand a single word of what they’re saying. Bravo, Team Writer Awesomepants Extraordinaires! (I’m borrowing from Ella’s speech pattern here.)
♥ Teaser Quote: I could go for something creepy, swoony, badass, or even with some LOL-worthy banter, but instead I’ll tease a little bit about redemption. Not even going to lie, this quote had me in my feels in a major sort of way. I even got a little choked up typing it up here.
“It’s not about what I say, right? It’s what I do that matters here.” Rapier lowers his rifle as he quotes her. “This wasn’t the way it was supposed to be. I never wanted this. And like you said, I made promises. You remember, Hanna?”
She blinks then. Eyes shining a touch too bright as she as she whispers, “. . . I remember.”
-quote taken from Gemina, pg. 651
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♥ Rec It? Bleep yes! These books, this one especially, are seriously so damn entertaining. I fought myself to slow down and savor this book since I won’t get the next installment for a whole year, but my first inclination was to gobble up every page as quickly as possible. I absolutely cannot wait for more. Consider me a mega fan!
♥ A very special thanks to Stacee for working her ninja magic and getting me an ARC copy. Make sure you go check out her blog
because she’s my most favorite person ever to see what awesome authorly adventure she’s been on recently.
*Disclaimer: My KP, Stacee from the wonderfully fabulous Adventures of a Book Junkie, lovingly searched out an ARC copy for me. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition (which you should totally go and buy).
I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥