Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

“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.”

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey guys! Meaghan here again with another review! Now this goes a bit outside my posting schedule, but I had to get these thoughts out as soon as possible!

“What happened here on Kerenza is not the story of one corporation against another. It is the story of what happened to those caught in the middle. To people, to families.”

Stars (Out of 10): More stars than lives lost over the course of this series

Favorite Character: This is impossible!!!

Now, in order to protect both my friends from spoilers (since I just know they will seek them out! + make sure I don’t sway anyone away and hurt release-day sales, I will be foregoing my usual format of including both a spoiler free and spoiler part of the review, and will be avoiding any whisper of a spoiler in this review! So if you’ve come to find out how the book ends before it’s out, you’re looking in the wrong place! (This is directed heavily at you, Jaye.)

First let me tell you all a little tale on how I got this copy, a finished copy, three weeks before street date. I live in the Netherlands now, and so I didn’t know any online place to order Obsidio from that would ensure I would get the book on day one (I needed it that bad), and so I started reaching out to all my local (and not so local), bookstores. In the end, I got mainly vague answers, that led me to believe online was still the best choice, even if I got it a day or two after release. However, when I was sitting in class the day after, I got a message from one of those bookstores that they had just gotten a copy in, and were able to hold it for me. At first, I thought this meant I’d be able to pick it up on release date, but still asked how soon I could pick it up. When the response was they would arrange things immediately, and I could come on my own schedule, I knew I had gotten super lucky. I rushed to the store as soon as my classes for the day ended, but part of me was still worried they had gotten Obsidio mixed up with another book and I would be disappointed upon arrival. But long story short, I ended the day with Obsidio in my arms and a smile on my face! But now onto the part you guys are really here for, did Obsidio bring a proper end to the Illuminae Files?

In short, YES!

In long…

I loved every page of this book. It feels as if more variation finds its way in the file types each book, and this time was no different! We’ve got all our beloved chat rooms, video narrators, and briefing notes, along with art and comics as well! Additionally, for those worried, the book is focused not just on the new narrators introduced, but our old friends as well. Unlike in Gemina where Kady and Ezra appear near the end, there are two major narratives played out through this book, carrying the voices of Hypatia/Heimdall as well as the rebels on Kerenza. Additionally, they balance these narratives in such an amazing way where one does not overshadow the other, and both play major roles in how the overall story of Illuminae finishes out.

Additionally, the entire book felt realistic. Even when united by a common goal, people still fight and question the teenage MC’s, and the way this is done and built up is extremely convincing as well. (No spoiler, it says this in the synopsis haha.) There are also still all the twists and turns in plot one would expect from an Illuminae book, and I found myself surprised by all of them.

Now it’s going to be hard to talk about the ending without spoiling it, but it was written exceptionally well. It gave nothing away until it actually happened, while still making you feel “in the know.” It also just was a fantastic send-off to the characters and the series, and not necessarily in terms of plot. It gave you the time to say goodbye, to look proudly on these guys and what they had survived and accomplished up until the end, and put your heart on the line along with the character’s lives going into the final battle.

All in all, I probably cried multiple during this book, and was close to it even more, and I loved every single page to it. It gripped right until the very end, throwing in twists and reveals in a paced way throughout the book, ensuring nothing was boring and nothing overwhelming. It went by way too fast, but don’t all good books?

Godspeed, my Illuminae friends. It was a wild ride, and I’m so happy Amie and Jay gave this story life so I could join along.

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