Title: Obsidio (Illuminae files 03)
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (select illustrations by Marie Lu)
Publisher: Knopf Books
Published: March 13th 2018
Genre: teen, sci fi, futuristic
Page count: 615
Goodreads 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.
My thoughts: First, let it be known that this is the best, action packed, unique, and addictive series I have read since The Hunger Games. It might be my third favorite series of all time and I so appreciate its artistry and story.
That said, you might be a little confused on my 4 star rating. Lets unpack, shall we?
First the good: it wrapped the story nicely. It was a satisfying ending and I do not feel let down or that there were many plot holes. The characters from both Illuminae and Gemina were all present and accounted for and I still loved them all. They introduced a few more new characters which I came to know and love as well.
The format was still a collection of texts, survellience footage, documents, drawings, etc. But I felt there were too many of the survellience footage notes and not enough of the other mixed media. It got sort of slow in the middle because of how many there were.
It didn’t move as fast plot wise as the other two but it still had plenty of action and drama. The plot also featured twists and turns that the first two were known for as well, although I don’t feel like they were as shocking or as well done (I predicted all the plot twists this time aeound.)
Now the things I didn’t like as much. The biggest thing was I didn’t feel that sense of urgency and danger I felt with the other two. The first one had that terrifying disease, Phobos, which was my favorite disaster to read about ever. It was so clever and horrifying. The second one had the Beitech kill squad hijacking the Heimdal Station which was terrifying and dangerous as well, but this third one, even though there was danger, it just felt tame compared to the other two and didn’t come in until the very end which made the book move much slower. I really wanted to see that biochemical disease again especially since it first hit the mine on Kerenza and we are returning to Kerenza in the third book. I was really disappointed it did not have a reprise.
I guess, overall, I had myself so hyped up for Obsidio and had such high expectations that it just fell a little short for me and I can’t help but feel a little disappointed. As I said in the beginning, I absolutely love this series. It had beautiful moments between the characters and really fun action scenes, but I just feel I enjoyed the first two a little more.
This series is definitely worth a read though especially if you are looking for a fast paced, action packed story!
The series will go down in history as one of my top five favorites (which is a pretty high complement considering Harry Potter and The Hunger Games are one and two on my list 🙂 )