Review of Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman , Jay Kristoff

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman , Jay Kristoff

Review: I have been putting this review off for so long now, I mean I did write up some notes after reading and I typed them up. But looking at them now I”m very frustrated with my past self for not being as efficient as I am now with notes. But here we go, I reread Illumanea and Gemina in preparation for Obsidisio and I’m so happy I did. It kept my nerves frazzled and me a bit scared out of my mind. But the book was so good! Amazing. I am very happy with how  things turned out. I would have liked to not have had a heart attack every time I turned the page, but it kept me  on my toes and desperately craving for more of this world.

Into the details, the plot continues from the second book and backtracks to the first from the view point of events for the people that were left behind on the Terra planet after the attack. This is where Asha Grant, Kady Grant’s cousin comes into the story. Asha worked with Kady’s mom but in a pharmacy as a trainee, she also lived with Kady and her parents through high school and is basically a sister to Kady. Anyway, Asha did not make it off planet and is alive because she is useful to the people behind the attack (they only kept people alive if they were useful, and Asha has a medical background). Asha is part of the resistance in trying to stop these bad guys, but finds out almost a year after the fact that her once love of her life and the guy that caused her to ruin (made her not so good)  her life in early high school (on another planet wit her own family) is part of the group of bad guys who just came planet side. I’m sorry if this is a lot but no real spoiler, all of this happens pretty early on. So the guy is Rhy’s.

But, what I want to talk about is Asha and Rhy’s story line added to the other four characters we already know. To me it was interesting and a happy thing to find out that Asha was alive and what has been happening with the Terra planet since everything went down, because the planet is exactly where everyone still alive (some of our hero’s and anti-hero’s) is going to or going back to.

I have no idea how Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman were able to come up with this story plot, to make it flow seemliness together with the other two novels. I am still a bit dazed by the book and everything that went down.  Although, Asha and Rhy’s added to the story in great deal, I was not too invested in them together. Well maybe I was just invested in Asha Grant, cause the Grant’s know how to pull my heart out.

Alright, the other side of this story- Kady, Ezra, Hanna, Nik, Ella, and AIDAN. All of our characters who have an overwhelming will to live and show the world what Bi-Tech has done and make them pay.  We have all been waiting for this team up and know what happens right after Gemina, which is exactly where Obsidio picks up. We see the best bro-mance happen between Ezra and Nik (Nik, who I love madly), I expected nothing less. But, this also caused me to have multiple heart attacks and numerous tears. These two young men are a great balance to each other, Ezra noble, heroic

The friendship between Kady, Hanna, and Ella was not as warm as Ezra and Nik. Though it was still good and got better as the book went on, AKA during the battle.

The AIDAN and Kady relationship, took a turn for super close and creepy. The two are a lot closer then we have seen in the first two books, we can clearly see that they trust one another but of course that doesn’t last long. There’s also a little thing called love that’s going on, yes I am still talking about AIDAN having feelings toward Kady and some secret plans going on.

There is a lot of our group being treated like kids and not at the main table for battle, except Ezra and Kady. Which does change later, but the whole time you will be pissed reading these moments. I know I was yelling and shaking my book, because there is one person in particular that is the main asshole behind all of this and disregarding everything the group has done (and that a lot of things were their fault, when he did nothing).

Now into one of the parts that had me gasping and laughing. So, since of characters are being treated like shit by the adults, Kady recruits they to work on writing up notes, audio files, filling in the gasps and putting everything in ordered of all the events that have happened so far in their insane journey. I immediately wanted to go back and reread through everything included in the lat two books to see if I could figure out who’s notes where who’s (I was looking for Nik).

The romance’s, Kady and Ezra are same as always, super cute and swoony. Hanna and Nik on the other hand… They’re having a bit of a harder time connecting and finding their footing together after the drama of Gemina and being thrown into the rest of the full picture of whats going on. But, I will say there are some great moments between these two and Nik being Nik-A.K.A. THE BEST BOY!

Hanna is also back at her art journal-ing and lets just say that she has a portrait of Kady Grant with the best quote of the book ,”Live a life worth dying for”.

Alright, there was one main MVP of Obsidio that had probably one of the best moments. Kady’s dad, Issac Grant (I’m not 100% on this spelling, and I don’t have the book in front of me) . Anyway, he wrote and left notes for each of the kids (offering them comforter, encouragement, a story about him and Kady’s mom about wanting more kids -although Kady was a handful and they didn’t, but as they saw her with Asha they felt like they missed out and wished they had more not just for them but for Kady- and a big family).  And about afterwards they could have a home with him and Kady, he leaves these out for each of the kids right before the big battle. I’m not going to share what other things he tells the gang because I would hate it if anyone had ruined that for me before I read them all.

The battle, you will be screaming and crying and yelling “HELL YEAH!” I did have a couple of gasp moment-I got grey hair from these and my eyes were so swollen.

I can’t even with the ending of this series, I would say something but again I feel like anything could spoil it. Along with any talk of AIDAN at the end and maybe future…

I am also currently listening to this series on audio books, and can not highly recommend it enough for everyone to do after reading the series. Big production for all three, I am on the third one at the moment about half way through. It is so GOOD! I’m also catching a lot more details that I missed or did not pay as close attention to when reading the books.


Favorite quote(s):

The die is cast. But today we will shake the table upon which it lands.

AIDAN: You can always TRust me to be me.

Live a life worth dying for.

Would I? Reread? Hell yeah! Recommend to others? YES!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Edition: Hardcover, 615 pages.

Young Adult. Romance. Science Fiction. Fantasy.

Published March 13th 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Summary: 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.

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