How do I even begin to write a review about this book? Like, is it possible to die and be resuscitated multiple times throughout a book? If so, well, I can’t believe I made it to the end. I wasn’t sure how Amie and Jay could pull off an ending to a phenomenal series, but I’m not disappointed at all!
Title: Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)
Author(s): Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release date: March 13, 2018
Length: 618 pages (hardcover)
Genre: Young adult, sci-fi
Synopsis: (via Goodreads) “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.”
Well, we dive right back into the action. We’re reintroduced to our favorite characters and are introduced to a myriad of new ones. I don’t know if I want to scream at everyone or hug them out of pure happiness. Truthfully, it’s a mix of both, haha. I listened to this book via audiobook, as I did with the previous two. I couldn’t resist. The audiobooks are simply amazing, with a full cast and sound effects!
I wasn’t sure what to think of Asha an Rhys at first. They’re the first two characters who have quite a history with each other, like an actual deep love for one another, so it was hard (and nail-biting!!!) to see them at odds with one another, especially as they are on opposite sides now. Don’t get me wrong, I did eventually grow to like them, but that didn’t lesson the many, “What the hells?” that came flying out of my mouth! LOL
I love interwoven stories, and Kaufman and Kristoff give us an amazing one. I’m still perpetually afraid of AIs, so consequentially, AIDAN continued to freak me out. Did anyone else notice how often it used “As you wish” (like from “The Princess Bride”)? Talk about chills! But I will say that without AIDAN’s help, I don’t think these rag-tag group of teens would have been able to pull everything off. Things became so desperate, I’m surprised everyone was still able to keep their cool, especially Kady. Goodness gracious, I don’t think I would have been half as brilliant as anyone here.
There were times I didn’t have a lot of hope. (Those were mostly the “What the hell” moments, lol.) But I’m thrilled to say that things work out fairly…well for the characters. I hope that isn’t a spoiler, but you gotta believe Amie and Jay wouldn’t leave us hanging. Besides, they already crushed our souls little by little throughout this book.
This series will go down as one of my favorite sci-fi reads. I’m glad I picked it up when I did–glad I had the chance to meet the authors and have my books signed.
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