Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

[Review] Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Obisidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf (Mar 13, 2018)
Series: Illuminae Files #3

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.

I’d like to thank Times Reads for sending over a review copy of Obsidio for review.

Rating 5

I had no idea that I’d be so emotionally invested in Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s space opera trilogy when I started reading Iluminae back in 2016. Aside from the fact that I did struggle with the format of Illuminae but after getting used to it, I went through Gemina like a freight train because I needed to know what happened.

After the heartbreak and emotional trauma I had undergone in Gemina, I was prepared to be crushed to tiny little smithereens when I picked up Obsidio—if you’re not familiar with Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s brutality, consider yourself warned. Stars above, I know I shouldn’t have, but I had high expectations for the trilogy to end on a high note, especially since Gemina hit it out of the park with that ending.

Obsidio follows the story of Asha Grant—sounds familiar?—who was briefly mentioned in Illuminae by her cousin sister Kady Grant. Asha, one of the thousands of survivors in Kerenza after the brutal assault onto them led by BeiTech, decides to join the underground resistance movement to take down BeiTech and their conniving schemes. But things are thrown off-course when she discovers that her old flame, Rhys, is working for the enemy.

Similar to the previous books in the series, the format of Obsidio in the sense that it is written in epistolary, meaning that the story is told in the form of written text messages, descriptions via CCTV and so forth. It might be a bit jarring at first, since there aren’t many books out there that are written similarly to the Illuminae series, but it’s fun to read, I promise!

As Obsidio is considered the finale of the series, I was really worried for the characters’ welfare. Come on, blowing up innocent lives in space is practically Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman’s idea of fun. So I shan’t spoil it for you, even though I have thoughts on the ending but still, read it and you’ll find out. If you’ve read Obsidio, slide into my DMs. We can talk, for sure!

Obsidio is a whopping 615-page tome and I guess it was so good, I flew past the pages faster than I could flip them. There were some pretty intense scenes which got me flipping out—thankfully, I was in the privacy of my room or else I’d be mortified! But all in all, it was just as good as the previous books in the series, but it hurts me to say this: I liked Gemina much more because it was just amazing and clearly, my favourite in the series. However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t like Obsidio, because I did. Very much so.

In Obsidio, Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman maintained the crude humour, the characters’ oddities, the unique jargon and the killings. Man, they were brutal. For once, I felt an ache in the left side of my chest. Oh wait, that’s where my “heart” is supposed to be, right? I’m kidding.

It was indeed an epic space opera which almost gave me a heart attack with the finale, but it was totally worth it. It wasn’t easy to bid farewell to the much-loved characters but I think they got the ending they deserved in Obsidio. Or did they…? *inserts wicked grin*

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