Obsidio by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
The Illuminae Files #3
YA Science Fiction
Knopf Books | March 13, 2018
About the Book:
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.
Huge thanks to everyone who said I should finish this trilogy! I owe you, because Obsidio was ah-mazing!
Before I go into why this was perfection, because for me it was; For all the naysayers, I admit there are reasons others would disagree. There are plot points that felt problematic. Without giving away any spoilers, the ending was a little too perfect… and a couple of the twists were way too obvious… Fine. Who cares. It was still Birdie Bookworm perfect!
Obsidio introduces new couple, Rhys Lindstrom and Asha Grant. Asha is Katy’s cousin, and Rhys is her ex. They were definitely in the forefront, but it also continued to elaborate on Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik. Each couple, including the new one, only enhanced the story instead of stealing the limelight. While Rhys and Asha were reconnecting, Hanna and Nik were growing closer. Kady and Ezra were supporting and loving each other.
Six important pieces of the Illuminae Group pie!
Piece 7 was Ella Malikova. The resident badass, our Little Spider. She stood out so much, I’ve been wishing for a spin off book just her own. Spiders need love, damn it! Seriously, I love that the biggest human badass in the crew was paralyzed and suffered a lung condition. She did all her damage from a wheelchair and she was my hero.
The final slice of the pie was Aiden. Man, it was such a reminder that the best characters are so morally ambiguous. Aiden was artificial intelligence, and essentially a robot, yet he showed depth and emotion. Yes, Aiden was a monster. He was also beautiful. He was the best part of the Illuminae group, and the only reason they stood a chance of success in the first place.
“Would you kill one person to save one thousand? And by logical extension, would you not kill one thousand to save one-thousand-and-one?”
Finishing Obsidio made me both sad and elated. I’m sad to say goodbye to this world, but I’m so excited to move on to Amie and Jay’s next collaboration Aurora Rising.
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