Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff Published 13 Mar 2018
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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 (The Illuminae Files, #3)" Reviews
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An epic, if slightly bloated conclusion to one of my personal favorite YA series of the last few years!
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff have made their way onto my list of esteemed authors that I will forever respect and look up to. In terms of sheer creativity alone, I often found myself reading this series and just marveling at aspects of it, like the scope of the story; the characters; and the unexpected twists and turns along the way. Of course, the true wonder to me is the amount of planning that must have gone into the series to make this project possible.
It became increasingly clear to me while reading this book that both authors had a goal in mind from page 1 of Illuminae, and this book sort of becomes the fruition of all that planning. Each story thread laid in Illuminae and Gemina is stitched together here as the characters move towards all out war against Bei Tech and their nefarious overlords.
The one issue I had with this book is that it's almost too ambitious. There are so many characters already in this series, and there was a clear end goal in sight with Gemina, yet Obsidio sort of steps away from that movement in order to: introduce 2 new lead characters and a handful of secondary characters; establish another romantic connection between the leads; revisit old favorites from the previous books in the series; move forward with the war and occupation of Kerenza plot, and various other subplots along the way.
It all felt a bit much, especially during the first 200 or so pages, where all this new information was being established. Personally, I think I would have enjoyed this more if this series had been allowed to become a quartet instead of a trilogy. Picture it: one full book of just Rhys and Asha, allowing them to fight their own battles on their own and for the readers to get to know them, before rounding out the war storyline in a final book all it's own.
This book at times felt like I imagine one might feel if they tried to watch two seasons of Battlestar Galactica simultaneously. There's a lot of information thrown at the reader all at once.
There were a number of times that I felt invested in one point of view - like what was happening off-world- only to have the story move rapidly to another POV on Kerenza IV.
That being said, don't let any fear of the story attempting to do a lot put you off. Once you get used to the new characters and setting, the action in the story begins picking up in leaps and bounds.
Tonally, this is definitely the darkest book out of the trilogy. Illuminae and Gemina were both infused with action-scifi/horror elements, whereas this book is much more grounded in the horror of intergalactic warfare. I appreciated the time that Obsidio often reminds the reader that war is a brutal and tragic thing - and that morality in times of war isn't so much black and white as it is a morally gray and nebulous thing.
The authors take the time to establish numerous secondary characters in order to remind the reader that no side is "right" in war. It's just regular people stuck in the middle of events that are much larger than themselves.
The dynamic between the cast of characters remains lighthearted to somewhat temper the bleakness of the plot elements. There is still plenty of comedic banter between the main characters to remind readers that at its heart, this is still a Young Adult series. Kady, Ezra, Hanna and Nik remain as entertaining as ever and often elevated the story back out of the darker depths when the reader needed it the most.
Asha and Rhys' storyline is the heaviest out of the bunch as they are steeped right in the middle of the occupation of Kerenza IV itself. The question of morality in times of war is a theme that is always present between the characters, and at times it made their dynamic a bit rough to witness. The plot they're set in is entertaining and their relationship conveys what the authors were attempting to show, but it was so dismal and depressing to me that I just didn't fall for them like the others, and I wasn't as invested in where their story would end up.
The ending of the book itself is definitely a satisfying, if somewhat saccharinely sweet conclusion. I did not for one second believe that any of the main cast of teens (7 characters in total) were in any real danger, which sort of reduced the feeling of danger a bit in the final climax of the book. I wanted a bit more tragedy than we got, especially after how dark the rest of the book was.
Still, Obsidio is a worthy conclusion to its predecessors, cementing this series' place in the annals of history as a young adult series that I'm sure will be considered a classic in the years to come. I'm very anxious to see what both of these authors manage to dream up next. I consider myself a big fan.
★★★★ = 4 out of 5 stars!
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Consider me shook. This was one heck of a finale. Was it perfect? Not necessarily, but I'm still feeling crazy over everything that just happened. I'm definitely gonna need to let this process, but I can honestly say impressed with how this story came to a close.
A Strong 4 Stars
"You know better than any what I am. Every story needs a monster.
And this story will end soon"
This entire ending was a W H I R L W I N D of emotions for me, but overall such a satisfying conclusion.
This book brilliantly uses its unique format, just like it's predecessors. It features all the characters we know and love, as well as several new faces. I'm struggling to form a cohesive review so let me just summarize everything awesome it contains:
- Kady Grant and her steely determination. It's our third book with her and she's obviously been through hell, but she still slayys
- Nik and Ezra being besties
- Isaac Grant becoming the entire squad-dad because it's about time someone loved and supported these kids besides me
- Plot twists like whoa
- Ella Malikov brightening every single scene she was in by being the powerful force of nature we all love
- A lot of morally-gray villains and complex side-characters
- Including everyone's favorite tortured-soul computer program, AIDAN
- Who is still tortured, engrossing, and slightly murderous.
- Hanna's beautiful journal entries that perfectly capture her grief and determination
- The introduction of Asha (my pharmacy-tech twin) and her every-man heroism
- Rhy's perfectly coiffed hair
Honestly, the only reason this book isn't 5-Stars is because I wasn't sold on the Kerenza IV plot. I really loved Asha and her relationship with Katya (who is adorable) but there was a TON of side characters all introduced very quickly? In particular I didn't enjoy spending so much time with Rhys and his solider buddies (if I had to hear "The Duke" refer to himself in third-person again I was gonna lose it)
(Rhys also really pales in comparison to Nik and Ezra, but Asha stands on her own as a complex and brave character... but their romance was... not my favorite.)
I think for me, most of this was the way they were introduced. In the previous books we got a chance to learn about characters through messages or interviews before it jumped straight into surveillance footage, and here it was the opposite. This lead to a LOT of the analyst just telling us important character info instead of learning it naturally.
(Also no spoilers, but some of the twists get untwisted a little TOO conveniently for my taste)
(AND NEEDED MORE ELLA)
A REALLY satisfying conclusion to a really awesome series. There's tons of action, tons of the characters/couples we love, and a complex discussion about morality and the power of one person.
"It only takes one pebble to start an avalanche"
Sort-of-Buddy-Read with MissMayMay, but really it was just me spamming her in all caps about my emotions WHICH IM STILL HAVING HOW CAN IT BE OVER
Maaaaaaan this was so good I’m so sad the series is over but wow it was a wild ride.
review to come boi
title reveal: *is black*
everyone: o ok so the cover is black
jay kristoff: guys the cover isn't black
amie kaufman: omg seriously JUST because the title reveal is black doesn't mean the actual cover is
everyone: o gotcha. so it's not black
the cover: *is black*
I guess the level of emotional manipulation I've already experienced is a good indicator of how this book is going to go for me
Me, trying to figure out why this book would be about anyone but Ella Malikova:
Me, wondering how an unlikely romance + space battle will possibly pretend to be different from the rest of the series this time around:
Me, when asked if I’m going to read it: