Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Young Adult
Length: 659 pages
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Source: Personal collection
Recommended for fans of: science-y science fiction, epistolary novels
Content Warnings: death, violence, gore, guns, drug use, animal death, death of a parent, body horror
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 bestseller Illuminae continues on board 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.
This series is so entertaining, and I am in awe of how much time it must have taken to plan this epistolary novel, comprised of documents, message conversations, journal entries, illustrations, surveillance footage, etc. Don’t be intimidated by the size of these books! The unique writing style makes for very fast reads.
I didn’t immediately love the new characters, but they definitely grew on me once the action kicked in and these seemingly regular teens had to rise to the occasion in a life-or-death situation.
This is fast-paced, full of action, humor, and sarcasm. The violence is a bit gory. There are some light horror elements, and it gets very science-y compared to other YA sci-fi towards the end (a twist I absolutely LOVED and totally blew my mind).