Obsidio – Illuminae Files 03
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
Where to even begin!! This book was a stunning and epic conclusion to a captivating series. If you didn’t know, Obsidio was my most anticipated read of 2018. This is because the previous two books in the series, Illuminae & Gemina, were masterpieces. This book is no exception, and you know that the authors Amie and Jay have put so much hard work into this book. It was magnificent!! I got my hands on a copy at the Melbourne launch, on Friday 9th March.
Asha survived BeiTech’s initial assault and has been working undercover with the hopelessly outmatched resistance ever since. That, and figuring out what to do with the secret she’s stashed in the crawlspace. The last thing she expected to worry about was her ex-boyfriend, but Rhys Lindstrom just landed planetside, and he’s looking finer than ever in his new BeiTech uniform. Is he her way out – or a guarantee she never gets off this frozen rock alive?
But Asha’s not the only one with problems. Her cousin Kady’s ragtag band of survivors are headed for Kerenza – without enough oxygen to last the journey. Oh, and there might be an insurrection brewing. But when have little things like that ever stopped the Illuminae Group?
Too bad time isn’t on their side. With BeiTech hurrying to repair their damaged jump gate, and a mass extermination planned for the Kerenza civilians, only a miracle could save them now. And everyone knows that miracles are just statistical probabilities … right?
I was excited and nervous and scared to read it. I wanted to know what happened so desperately, but now that its over I am so sad. This brilliant writing deserves so many stars. ALL THE STARS. We get a really good picture of what life is like on Kerenza IV for Asha, Kady’s cousin and colonist. We get chapters in the classic formats we have seen before, and some that are different. All our favourites are back, along with some new and VERY interesting characters.
My emotions were all over the place when I was reading Obsidio. So many things happening, the betrayals, the plotting, the fights and the shock of it all. There were many instances where I was laughing out loud and noticing some very familiar names. There were also instances when I was screaming NO NO NOOOO HOW COULD YOU. But this book gave me everything I wanted, everything I didn’t want and I LOVED IT.
The drawings by Marie Lu were incredible and such a great way to complement the story telling. Jay and Amie shocked me and left me gobsmacked, but the book was exactly what I needed it to be. Thank you so much Jay and Amie for this series. For this conclusion. This series is one that I will love and remember for a very long time to come.
If you haven’t read ‘The Illuminae Files’ yet, I would recommend getting on to that as soon as possible!