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Gemina

Written by: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
5 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, October 2016 - While I'm not usually a fan of audio accessorizing (background noises, artful static, music, etc.), the physical versions of Kristoff and Kaufman's two ambitious novels (of which Gemina is the second) feel more like graphic novels than standard books, even though they don't have pictures. The text is arranged artfully and almost becomes the pictures. With such visual intricacy, clearly these books demand extra audio care. And in both works the audio producers have done a remarkable job of responding to the physical nature of the books, creating a fully immersive "found object" experience. As with Illuminae, the complex story took me about 30 minutes of serious concentration to slide into, but then BAM, I was hooked. —Emily, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times best seller that critics are calling "out-of-this-world awesome".

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 sci-fi saga that began with the breakout best seller Illuminae continues onboard the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech 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 strike 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 might 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.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling listeners into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

©2016 Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (P)2016 Listening Library

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Absolutely AMAZING!

I don't think i ever wanted to stop listening to this book.. the narrators did a perfect job and the sound effects went well with the story. I can't wait to go on to the next book 👌 highly recommend!

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Fantastic space opera!

Fantastic follow up to Illuminae, and such an excellent story all on its own! This universe is fascinating, the story is so exciting, characters funny and smart. I have zero complaints about this book, and can't wait to start book 3.

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So good!

Illuminae was one of my favourite reads last year, and the sequel did not disappoint!!

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  • Christina
  • 2018-07-10

Ehhh

So I really enjoyed illuminae (the first book in the series) however I found it really hard to grasp the story line in Gemina. I was about to give up on the book, but I kept going to give it a chance. The first three hours were realllly hard to keep listening- I’d roll my eyes at how non eventful the storyline was... it was almost like I was listening to someone tell me something so unimportant for 3 hours. It started to pick up and was “ok” until 2 hours when the story was almost over. That’s when it was most interesting .... 2 hours before the story ended... on a 12 -1/2 hr book. Pretty disappointed, had higher hopes for this.

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  • Still Blooming
  • 2017-01-11

Nonstop roller coaster ride

If you could sum up Gemina in three words, what would they be?

Epic Space Opera.

What did you like best about this story?

The different points of view.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Lots of weight and immediacy.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Don't Blink.

Any additional comments?

Nice mix of young adult romance with epic space battles done in a documentary style with a touch of Game of Thrones.

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  • K. Murphy
  • NC USA
  • 2017-02-28

liked this more than Illuminae, though I wasn't

liked this more than Illuminae, though I wasn'tsure it was possible ! love Hanna and Ella and Nik!

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  • B.A. Wilson
  • Missouri
  • 2017-01-22

Not as Good as Book 1 But Still Worth a Read

This is my 2nd time through this one, and while I still love the concept and the interesting characters, there is still something about this one that just doesn't flow as well for me. It doesn't quite touch the awesome space that book one lives in, even though I do still love the format. It also has pretty good world building, and some interesting sci-fi and space time concepts.

I can't quit put my finger on the disconnect. The first time I read it, I thought maybe it was me and I was being a poor reader. This time through, I realized it's not me, or at least it's not be being a bad reader. This just doesn't click in and fit easily like book one. I got confused a lot more, found myself rewinding more, and I had trouble connecting to and remembering some of the side characters.

It's a solid effort, and still has a unique plot. But I can't love it in the way I loved book 1.

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This is book 2 in a kick-ass YA Sci-Fi Series, and I absolutely adore the audiobook!

I confess that I don't love book 2 quite as intensely as I did book one, but it's still a good, exciting story with several surprises. The new characters are unexpected and enjoyable, with strong voices, and the bit of romance burns slower than it did in book one (for better or worse).

I spread out the reading over a long period of time, due to personal chaos, which may have impacted the overall flow when I read it. I'll probably read or listen to this book again at some point, so I'll update my star rating at that time, if a second read changes my perspective.

I want more of this world and format, so I hope this series goes on for a long time or branches out into something new. Either way, but I don't want it to end.

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  • Joshua Routh
  • 2017-02-11

even better than illuminae

loved the book! the dramatization was great. even better than illuminate book one. can't wait for book three.

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  • Danielle L. Ivey
  • 2017-02-10

Great read.

Lots of fun. I loved all the multidimensional paradox stuff. I thought Hanna sounded a bit snobby, but I suppose that's how she was supposed to sound.

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  • Serina
  • 2017-02-06

Absolutely thrilling !

I couldn't put it down. Story epic. sound effects realistic. And characters unforgettable. Overall it was a roller coaster ride. I can't wait for book 3 !

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  • Kaleigh
  • 2017-01-17

Another Great Book in the Series

I loved this book! The performance and format make it so cool to listen to!! This time, the main characters are Hannah and Nick. Despite this, Kady and Ezra are also a big part of this book. Just like the first, it was full of humor, romance, sadness, Andi was epic! The unpredictable twists made the pace quicken! However, the beginning was very slow and kind of boring. If I had to choose, I liked the first book a bit better. I can't wait for the last one!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-12-22

was not as for as the first.

the story was very confusing and did not seem complete at times. the first one was much better and much more descriptive

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  • Miranda Grimes
  • 2016-12-21

IN LOVE

so much better than the first one, the plot twist had my mind blown and I couldn't put this book down! (Or stop listening I mean) seriously all 5 stars FILLED. READ THIS ISH *heart eyes heart eyes heart eyes*

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  • Courson
  • 2017-05-22

Loooooooved it :-D

I loved the brilliant story and how vivid all those voices make it. Amasing work here :-)