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

Well folks, I can finally say that after almost five months of owning it, I have finished ‘The Illuminae Files.’

Was Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) a worthy conclusion to one of the more unique sci-fi trilogies I’ve read? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

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24909347.jpgObsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (March 13, 2018)

Print Length: 615 pages

Audiobook Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins

Narrator: Carla Corvo, Steve West, P.J. Ochlan, full cast

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

The Review

While endings are very rarely perfect, Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is one of those books that comes pretty darn close.

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) is the conclusion to the sci-fi stories of Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik, previously explored in Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) and Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2). With the fate of their people in their hands, each of the teenagers will have to make potentially fatal choices to win the war against BeiTech.

Once again, Obsidio is told through a collection of briefing notes, email communications, charts, transcribed video footage, system notes et cetera. Unlike the previous two instalments, however, the majority of Obsidio is told in two duelling perspectives. The first finds the reader following the Mao container ship carrying survivors, including the protagonists of Illuminae and Gemina, of both the Alexander and Heimdall. The second perspective takes place on Kerenza, the illegal mining community that was invaded in Illuminae. This is also where the authors are able to introduce the final new  coupling to the reader. While I liked being given the option to jump between familiar faces and uncharted territory, I felt that the Kerenza subplot was rushed, given that half of the book had to wrap up previously introduced plot points.

As with the previous two instalments of ‘The Illuminae Files’, Obsidio introduces the reader to two new characters. Asha is the cousin of our gal Kady, whom she believes to be dead, and Rhys, Asha’s former boyfriend turned BeiTech operative. As with the previous couplings there is both drama and swoon worthy romance, and yet, I found myself looking forward to passages that talked about previous characters rather than these two. That isn’t to say I found either of them to be bad characters, I just found my attachment for the others, especially Hanna, Nik, and Ella were stronger.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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And those are my thoughts on Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Have any sci-fi recommendation? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.



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