Review – Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files
Position in Series: #3
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 18, 2018
Page Numbers: 615
Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.
With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.
Obsidio follows Kaady Grant, Ezra Mason, Hanna Donnelly, Nik and Ella Malikov as they return to Kerenza after escaping the attack on the Heimdall Station from BeiTech in order to save everyone on board, as well as introduces us to Asha Grant who is Kady’s cousin who survived the initial attack and Rhys Lindstrom who has just landed planetside to fix systems for BeiTech.
Similar to the first two books in this series I could not put this down and almost missed my train stop when I was finishing the book one night. This series has built on top of itself with more and more intense action. Although compared to the first two books I would say that there isn’t as many major plot twists throughout the book but as this is the third and final book in the series that is understandable and it is still action-packed.
I really enjoyed getting introduced to the two new characters; Asha Grant and Rhys Lindstrom, however I did wish there was a bit more time with them. In the other books I felt like the new characters were the main focus and then the established characters (well in Geminia anyway) were more of the secondary characters but in Obsidio the story was pretty evenly spread between all the characters. I would have also liked to have seen a bit more about the relationship between Asha and Rhys even if that was in the was of flashback/ memories.
Throughout the series Aiden has been my favourite character and he does not disappoint in Obsidio. I find the struggle with Aiden’s decisions and his understanding of humanity really interesting. There was one decision especially that while I don’t think I could have made that call I could understand why Aiden did it.
The other shining star in this book was Izacc Grant. He is such an amazing father figure not only to Kady but to the others as well. I really appreciated when he would keep telling the kids to watch their language in the message board while everything is going to crap around them.
Obsidio is well worth the read and a clear 5 star read for me as was the other two books in the series. I am sad that it is all over but I like how it was wrapped up.
Date Started: May 20, 2018
Date Finished: May 24, 2018