Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Rating: 2 / 5 stars
Gemina is pretty much the same novel as Illuminae was. Hanna is Kady, Nik is Ezra. Heimdall is the new Hypatia. Aiden is still Aiden. While the structure to Illuminae was original in the first novel, now it’s just a rip off of its predecessor. Everyone talks the same. Everyone messages the same. Even grown adults can’t seem to capitalize the beginning of their sentences or use proper grammar or punctuation. And the analysts for the video feeds? Still as annoying as ever in their “quippy” assessments. If you blacked out the user names/character names in a random selection of this novel versus Illuminae, I’m willing to bet you would not be able to distinguish between the two. These characters have no depth, just the cliche of today’s teenagers stereotyped to a fault.
The plot was interesting for a while – once you got past Nik constantly trying to hit on Hanna and Hanna constantly turning him down (right, because no one would have guessed how that turned out in the end). There was sabotage and drugs and silly teenage rebellion and some mafia punks doing something way funky with some f***ed up cows. Yeah, enjoy.
But then. The black hole. Don’t even get me started on where this book ends. It was already loosing my attention, and then it started literally repeating everything on the previous page. I totally lost my focus at that point and skimmed the rest. I’m officially done with this series. I think teenagers might like it, but the “texting” styled narrative is just too infuriating for my literary heart when the plot isn’t even that gripping.