Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) – Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Check out my review for the previous book, Gemina!


5 star

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Knopf Books

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 is a fantastic conclusion to the Illuminae Files. It combines all the best aspects of the previous novels while creating its own voice. There is an argument to be made that Obsidio is the best of the three, though Illuminae still takes the cake.

I was slightly disappointed when I purchased Obsidio to see that it’s shorter than Gemina. All I could think was how can Kaufman and Kristoff conclude this intricate story in so few pages? Well, not only did they wrap up the story beautifully, they also introduced new characters with compelling voices and personal histories.

Obsidio made me laugh, gasp, cheer, and cry. This science fiction trilogy is one of the better young adult trilogies on the market and stands among the likes of The Hunger Games, Penryn and the End of Days, and The Mortal Instruments.

Spoiler thoughts:

The only aspect of this novel that irritated me was the overuse of the bait and switch. It’s so overused that I predicted when it would be used next.
I also wish a main character would have died instead of thousands of redshirts. Kaufman and Kristoff have no problem killing thousands of people in the span of a couple of pages, but cannot allow a main character to perish. It diminishes the credibility of the story slightly by having these teenagers live through these horrible events. On the other hand, I’m happy Nik and Ezra survived.


Have you read Obsidio? What did you think?


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