Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review

Cover- Obsidio

Published: March 13, 2018

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Series: The Illuminae Files #3

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Pages: 615 (Hardcover)

My Rating: 4.0/5.0


From bestselling author duo Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff comes the exciting finale in the trilogy that broke the mold and has been called “stylistically mesmerizing” and “out-of-this-world-awesome.”

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, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

I may keep this review a little shorter since I’ve already covered so much of what I love about this series and it all carries over into this book as well. Fantastic characters, amazing audio performance, and glorious action sequences. 

This final installment brings Kady, Ezra, Hanna, Nik, and Ella (along with all the other minor characters) into the same place while back on Kerenza, Asha Grant is trying to survive the BeiTech occupation. The BeiTech force is using the remaining miners to gather resources to repair the Magellan jump platform so they can return home. Of course, once this is done they plan on killing all the remaining civilians on Kerenza in order to keep their secrets. Dead men tell no tales and all that. Asha’s life is stressful enough, but it’s made more complicated by the sudden presence of her ex-boyfriend. Who happens to be part of the occupation force. He’s the perfect inside man for the Kerenza resistance.

Asha’s drama is fascinating and horrifying all at once and to be honest, the events aboard the Mao are equally thus. Internal strife and overcrowding make the Mao a dangerous and stressful place to be. Oxygen and food are running short and the deadline to get back to Kerenza is nigh impossible under such duress. Decisions are made and people die. I was in awe at how dark this was at times. 

This whole series was the perfect high stakes sci-fi thriller with Obsidio being a stellar and heart pounding conclusion. I couldn’t get enough (obviously) and listened to audiobooks one after another because I just HAD TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. It was unputdownable! Obsidio was an amazing read and the darkness in this installment was practically all human to human violence. No zombie-like monsters, no psychotropic aliens, just straight up human monstrosity. This is a series that will appeal to fans of YA and adult SFF alike. 

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