REVIEW: OBSIDIO by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

We’ve made it folks, we got to the end of The Illuminae Files series! I cannot believe it’s already over, and I’m really sad knowing that there will be no more beautiful Illuminae books to put on my shelf, but I AM glad that I LOVED the finale: OBSIDIO!

Synopsis:

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 By: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Published: March 13, 2018 (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Pages: 615
Started Reading: March 13, 2018
Finished Reading: March 24, 2018
GenreYoung AdultSci-Fi

Review

Spoiler Free

Gonna start by saying that if you haven’t read this series (although I don’t know why you would be reading this review if you haven’t) YOU NEED TO! Seriously, it’s so good. Even if you aren’t usually a fan of Sci-fi, this book is perfect for everyone. I rarely read sci-fi and I’m not the biggest fan of sci-fi books, but wow, this series is definitely tied for my favourite of all time (with An Ember in the Ashes, of course).

The first two books introduce and follow the stories of separate characters in each, with a little bit of overlapping and communication between the main characters of each book, but Obsidio brings them all together in one amazing, intense, and badass group of space-saving fighters.

Let’s talk about everyone’s favourite book dad: Isaac Grant. I adored his character in this book and was so glad to see so much of him. Whether he was yelling at everyone for their language or being the support everyone needed in a hard time, he was there for them (and me tbh). He was the perfect guiding figure and his bits were some of my favourite parts, they either made me laugh or cry uncontrollably.

While Obsidio had tons of spaceship and in space action, it also had a lot of on planet action as well, which I loved! After two books of mostly space-ship bound action, it was really fun to get some perspective through Asha and Rhys on Kerenza IV. Although the action could be intense on Kerenza, it could also get very upsetting. The destruction and violence happening there was definitely hard to read about sometimes, but the determination of the characters to save those who have survived was amazing to read.

Speaking of the characters, all of them were just as amazing in this one, and Kaufman & Kristoff did such a good job weaving all their stories together in one book. All the action taking place in multiple settings at the same time was really easy to follow (and I often have a hard time following multiple things happening at the same time).

My only wishes:

  • Would have loved to see more Ella, I love that girl with my whole heart
  • Stronger plot twists like those in the first two books.
  • More character building for Rhys: I loved him but he definitely stayed in Asha’s shadow, who really shined in this book.
  • I READ THIS SERIES EARLIER TO KNOW THAT I COULD HAVE ENTERED TO GET MY NAME IN THE BOOK. seriously, one of my biggest regrets was not knowing this was a thing. I’m HIGHLY jealous of yall who made it in.

I feel like I read this too quickly because I was so excited, so I’m probably going to reread the whole series eventually (maybe this summer). I feel like my thoughts could be more easily rounded out but I’m forgetting some specifics of the books, so a reread is definitely in my tbr in the next few months!

Once again, if you haven’t read this series, please do!! it’s SO much fun!

-wren

 

 

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