Author Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publisher Knopf Books | 2016
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.
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. (from Goodreads)
Beware: This review may contain spoilers for the first book of this series, Illuminae.
OK. So. This review will definitely be less enthused than the one I wrote for Illuminae, which I loved. I’ll admit that I went into this book a little disappointed because I didn’t like the idea of having the focus be on two new characters, and unfortunately my apprehensions were proved right. Don’t get me wrong, I still really enjoyed this audiobook, but it just didn’t pack the same punch that Illuminae did.
I’m just gonna start with the obvious. I missed Kady and Ezra. I love love loved them in Illuminae and their voice actors are AMAZING. (btw, mini rant here but I need to advocate for full audiobook cast lists to be easily accessible!!! I was searching for a list of the narrators for Gemina online and it’s so hard to find anything that lists everyone and who they’re voicing! Justice and appreciation for audiobook narrators 2k19!!!!!) Hanna and Nik were just… not the same. For one, I thought the narrator for Hanna was super annoying. Her voice was just really snobby and it was a little difficult for me to listen to her talk for so long. Nik was fine, but I didn’t enjoy his parts as much as Ezra’s.
I knew that Kady and the Hypatia crew were going to come back into the fold eventually, but it took so long. And when it finally happened and I heard Kady’s voice again I was soooo happy! AND EZRA TOO, who I didn’t get to hear for the entire last part of Illuminae but he came back to meeeeee! BUT THEN it was literally like a twenty minute span and then we… never… hear from them…for the rest of the book. And then I was sad again.
I liked Aidan a lot better in this book. He definitely didn’t scare me as much, haha. I actually wish there was a bit more of him. In my Illuminae review, I said how much I enjoyed the Surveillance Footage narrator guy but in this one, he was there TOO MUCH. Oh my god. For the first half of this book he was showing up every other part and I was like, ENOUGH!!!!! It was better in the second part when he only showed up sporadically. Another reason this book wasn’t my favorite was the ending. I got… no answers. To anything. A bunch of complicated stuff happened and then they’re like, “yeah so that all seems impossible, huh? OK, see ya next book!” which I didn’t enjoy.
Overall, still a pretty good audiobook. I’m still immensely glad that I chose to do the audio rather than the physical or ebook, because I think I might’ve been turned off by their formatting. Here’s hoping that the last book is a return to form and I like the two new characters a little better! And MORE KADY AND EZRA!