Reading Gemina helped me complete the challenge of reading a book with illustrations for the Around the Year in 52 books reading challenge.

Image result for GeminaGemina is the first book I read this year and since it is the sequel to Illuminae I will just show the synopsis for Illuminae instead of Gemina.

Title: Gemina

Author(s): Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Synopsis(from goodreads): This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

Rating: 5/5 stars

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Did it Perpetuate Healthy Ideals: This book features a guy named Nik Malikov who smokes, and his family deals with the blackmarket. So not really. I did really like the relationship with Hannah and her father though that was really nice.

Did it have adequate representation: Yes this story is told in the same unique fashion as the first book and I think that you saw all the characters very well in this book.

Did it teach me something or make me think: This book definitely made me think. Especially that last sentence. The story line was amazing and it made me keep on reading even when I should have been studying for my finals.

Were the characters memorable: Yes. I loved all the characters that were added in this book as well as the characters from the previous book. Hannah Donnelly, Nik Malikov, and Ella are all amazing characters and I am excited to see what happens to them along with Kady Grant Ezra Mason and all the others in the next book.

Was the plot clever: It was very clever. I am not going to write much about the plot of this book though since it is a sequel but what I am going to say is it is a crazy awesome Sci-Fi. I am also going to say that you should be prepared for a bunch of stuff to go down in this book.

Favorite Quotes:

  • “And blood and tears and screams did not matter anymore, because at least they are together.”
  • “Her eyes shining with the light of it.
    Beneath, between, beyond.
    Along the endless circle.
    Down the ceaseless spiral.
    And waiting for her on the other side?
    Just like he promised.

    “A whole sky of different stars.”
  • “It’s not about what I say, right? It’s what I do that matters here.”
  • “you might get only one shoot”

This book was awesome and filled with several amazing good quotes but those are just some of my favorites. I definitely recommend reading this series. Comment down below other books that you think I should read and review. Also if you guys have read this book comment down below what you thought of it and what one of your favorite quotes from the book was.