“Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance.”
Gemina started off about the same as Illuminae; confusing. Even though Illuminae paid off, making me love it, I still questioned my ability to completely immerse myself in such a Sci-Fi world. I’m not going to lie, a LOT of the techie jargon flies right over my head. I don’t understand all the chatter about thrusters and stuff. I just don’t. My brain isn’t wired that way. On the positive, there’s so much more going on with this story than just the science fiction, and even that eventually got interesting… or at least felt exciting even if I didn’t understand what was happening.
First of all, Gemina was action packed! You’d think that the layout would hinder the exhilaration, cutting back and forth between video footage and instant messaging. Instead it actually works really well, it gives you the feel of a spaceship and the authenticity of getting to see the events unfold second hand. Not to mention that the images, the swirling words, are just gorgeous.
I was also really happy with the relationships in Gemina. I really liked how Hannah and Nik started off as reluctant friends, and their playfully antagonistic banter in the beginning was definitely a highlight. In Illuminae Kady and Ezra are exes, so they already care about each other. They already know each other really well. Hannah and Nik know each other, and there’s obviously an attraction there, but it’s got a slower developing story that I appreciated. Plus, Nik was incredibly attractive. Perhaps it’s the ‘bad boy’ thing, or maybe it should be called a not-so-bad-boy image, but whatever it was made him a much more interesting character, I thought.
So, there is a cliffhanger. It’s really not a bad one, but it’s there. It makes me hopeful that the third book won’t bring in any additional new couples, because I really want to read Kady, Ezra, Hannah and Nik all fighting back to back in the third (maybe final?) book.
And now, folks, we return to our regularly scheduled waiting game.
“And blood and tears and screams did not matter anymore, because at least they are together.”