- Page Count: 659
- Release Date: October 18, 2016
- My Rating: 3.5 stars
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 saga that began with Illuminae continues on board the space station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s 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 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 may 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 was a super intense story, but I definitely like Illuminae way more. I wasn’t as into the alien parasites or Russian mob here and didn’t connect as much to the characters or story…. like I just didn’t care what happened to them very often. I LOVED Kady, Ezra, and AIDAN in the last book and was basically just hanging in there to see them show up. So that was fun.
This story was mostly flirty banter that got old, space terrorists, fighting & stressful running for their lives, and a weird interdimensional paradox event. And some of the plot twists from the previous book were recycled here, which lessened the impact. I really liked Marie Lu’s illustrations throughout the book, though!! They added a lot. And I still love the awesome format of these stories.
So I’m looking forward to the next book, but I just wasn’t as into the new characters or story here for whatever reason. Maybe it was the pacing… but it was still fun to see the few pages with AIDAN! And I added an extra star because Kady and Ezra showed up and reminded me how much I loved Illuminae.
I do want to add the disclaimer that I read this right after the elections and everything was kind of crazy, so that quite possibly put me in a mood where no book was going to be particularly awesome. I love these authors and really do feel like this is more a case of it’s not the book, it’s just me.