Review: Obsidio (The Iluminae Files #3)

“Good luck, everyone.
Good luck to us all.
And may we meet again on distant shores.
Some place fine and far from here.”

Rating: 4/5 stars


24909347Kady, 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 Verdict

Brb, I am DEAD.

That is all.

Kidding, but you guys! THIS WAS WILD. I have to admit I was genuinely afraid to read this because all of my favs were still alive at the end of Gemina and I was terrified how this was going to end. But I did it, I made it through. It wasn’t easy, my heart rate sky rocketed and probably flat lined a whole lot, I was stressed to the max, and I’m pretty sure I have a ton of gray hair on my head after this. So thank you, Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, for almost ruining my life.

Obsidio, is the epic conclusion to one of the most intriguing and fun trilogies I’ve ever read. If I’m being honest, sci-fi books aren’t really my thing but somehow these books defeated the odds for me. Which is super surprising because sometimes I literally had no idea what the heck was happening. From Illuminae, to Gemina, to Obsidio we go on an epic adventure of literally saving the universe with one of the most lovable groups of characters out there.

Each book introduces us to new characters who are all in some way tied back to the OG couple Kady and Ezra. In this story we are introduced to Asha, Kady’s cousin who is believed to be dead, and Rhys, Asha’s ex-boyfriend who Asha hasn’t seen in years and shows up with the enemy squad, BeiTech. THE TENSION WAS REAL. So with that being said, you guys know me, hate to love is my favorite thing in the entire world and I was SQUEALING with delight over this. Pair these two with all of the other characters we’ve grown to love who are back and ready to save the world, and I was one very happy girl.

This story is told the same way all of the other stories are told. A compilation of e-mails, palmpad conversations, camera surveillance, reports, drawings, group chats, and of course my favorite the AIDAN monologues. Is it weird to say you’re in love with a computer system becauuuuuuse…..

AIDAN is just such a lovable little ball of murder, sass, and wisdom, who definitely starts to become more human in this book than ever. I promise no spoilers though!

The main reason I rated this 4 stars was because there was A LOT of camera surveillance, which basically reads like a normal book, and I think it took away a lot from the story. This trilogy would never read as well if it was written like a normal book, the group chats, reports, and drawings all make this so much more interesting and there was a lot less of that in this book which kind of bummed me out. I often found myself skipping ahead to see how many pages of camera surveillance I would have to endure in order to get back to the fun parts.

All three of these books are action packed, there’s no debating that, but I think this one takes the cake for having the most intense battle scenes. I mean, we’re in the middle of a war people! The last 150-200 pages were INCREDIBLE!  I couldn’t put the book down but I was so incredibly scared over how it was going to end, the heart palpitations were real. Needless to say, I stayed up pretty late to finish this. Nothing like some good ol’ emotional trauma to finish your day, am I right?!

All in all, I have to say I was pretty satisfied with the ending of the book! I think that it tied all three books together very well and my heart was doing happy somersaults rather than not beating at all as it did for about half of this book. I’m super sad to see this group of characters go but I’m also glad that this is where it ends, I hate when a series gets overkilled and I think this is the perfect conclusion to this epic journey!

Until next time!


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