I finally picked Illuminae up after having a conversation with the lovely Fi (blog here) and Kimi (blog here) stood in the kids department of Waterstones. A conversation that involved a lot of squealing, mainly from Fi about the fact that Kimi and I hadn't yet read the Illuminae series. Thus the Illuminae Files Read-along was born. There's also some photo challenges to go along with the read-a-along and a twitter chat on Friday 28th February 7pm GMT. After finishing Illuminae I immediately picked up Gemina. I already knew that it followed different characters but I didn't realise that it partially runs alongside Illumine in regards to the timeline.
In this book we are aboard the Heimdall jump station reading primarily from the perspectives of Hanna Donnelly and Nik Malikov. Hanna is the daughter of the station commander, an incredibly accomplished martial artist and just a regular teenager. Nik is a member of the House of Knives, the cartel spanning galaxies and a little bit in love with the unavailable Hanna. I adored both of their perspectives. I can't decide which duo I preferred. I loved the interactions between Ezra and Kady but I loved seeing Nik and Hanna working together. I was texting Fi and Kimi all throughout my read of this, freaking out every other page.
I was incredibly impressed how Amie and Jay managed to remind us consistently that this ship was part of a larger overall plot but it never felt repetitive or same-y. I was concerned going in the events the occurred in Illuminae, namely the virus, was going to be repeated. I was very wrong. I never could have guessed how this book would unfold. It had the same level of drama and intensity that Illuminae had but for completely different reasons.
I adored this book. Full intend to force this series on everyone I know. I've already given Illuminae to one of my Uni friends...