Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
“WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?”
This book. I don’t even know if I can call it a book, because it feels like so much more. This isn’t just a great and well written story but a visual masterpiece. Half of what makes this story so incredible is the medium of which it is done in. With both Illuminae and Gemina, the sci-fi story is relatable and breath taking in the way thats its written. Throughout reading it I couldn’t stop thinking about how cleverly done these books are done. You have to have a bit of digital knowledge and a good imagination to read these books because they wont explain every aspect of setting and description to you, but if you have a wide imagination, it shouldn’t be a problem.
SPACE! Now I will get into a more spoiler-y review of Gemina.
This companion book to Illuminae focuses on two different protagonists on the Hiemdall space Station, which super conveniently (and inconveniently) is next to a black hole. The two main characters, Hanna: The Commanders kick-ass daughter, and Niklas: a witty mafia convict, end up together aboard the station when it is taken over by BeiTech agents planning to kill the Hypatia (the Illuminae’s main spaceship) and the destroy Kerenza sector to cover their tracks. Hanna and Niklas (and Nik’s cuz Ella) move about the station creating havoc and attempting to save everyone.
Now.. This book gets very confusing toward the end. If you do not have a science mind or any way to wrap your head around space travel and wibbly wobbly timey wimey, when it gets 3/4 into the book, things might get a little jumbled. When people start dying left and right, including a few of the main characters, Kristoff and Kaufman bring in string theory and the multiverse theory to throw the readers for a loop. All of a sudden you are sitting there staring at a picture of space and wondering what is real. “What do you Believe?” takes on a whole new meaning at the end of the book as you may struggle to wrap your head around what is happening.
Despite this confusion of science and time, it is a fantastic novel. I, myself, am very interested in the multiverse theory and have recently read quite a bit on it so this turn in the book wasn’t as confusing to me as it should have been.
So how did it end you may ask? … well it sort of didn’t. whether Kristoff and Kaufman decided to leave it as an open interpretation or are planning more books I don’t know, but it was a very abrupt end that certainly leave you to more imagining. Overall, I would recommend this book to those that are interested in sci-fi or science and for fans of novels and graphic novels alike. This beauty of a novel is one that I am proud to have on my shelf as a book and a work of art.