PUBLISHER: Allen & Unwin
DATE PUBLISHED: 18th October 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.
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.
Told in a multitude of multimedia this book just amplifies the world the authors created in Illuminae. The use of journal entries, Instant Messaging, surveillance footage summaries, radio transmissions, police reports, and journal illustrations could seem overwhelming and like information dump without any development of plot or characters. However, it is the multimedia layout that gives this book not only a unique layout but a momentum that hooks in the reader.
I think a funny part is that all swear language is blacked out. This book is composed as if it is a file of the siege on the space station Heimdall. This makes for interesting reading. The reader is never bored as they venture through this deadly space opera where the protagonists are in peril from an evil corporation. The events of the siege occurs while the countdown to the arrival of Hypatia is underway. I need to make special mention of the art by Marie Lu. I loved this aspect of the multimedia format and how Hanna was a visual person.
Hanna as a character began as being very insulated in her high class world with a high class boyfriend. As the book moves on and Hanna is fighting for her life her character develops and she becomes a spunky and confident protagonist who will fight for her survival. The other protagonist, Nik starts off the book as being a drug dealer and part of a crime family who is happy with his lot in life. As the fight ensues for the space station Heimdall and the lives of the people on board Niks character and his motivations are fleshed out and he becomes a very likeable character. I have to mention Ella as a character. She is an adorable character who spands majority of the book behind a computer but assists in moving the story along in her own way.
Brief guest appearances from Katy and AIDEN only added to the experience. This multimedia masterpiece is an amazing piece of work that does the unbelievable by creating character development and a fast moving plot with mainly Instant Messaging. This is a series I would not miss for the world… or an alternate world.
Keep Calm and Read On,