WHAT AN ENDING! OBSIDIO by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman was absolutely spectacular and I could not be more pleased. Crazy shenanigans, AIDAN being overly logical to the point of being psychotic, adults being mostly useless, and teenagers saving the day HURRAH!
This book was released on 13th March 2018.
This review may contain mild spoilers for this book (What I consider spoilers might not be what you consider spoilers but I thought that I’d put it out there just in case). READERS YE BE WARNED!
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.
OBSIDIO by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman was an absolutely spectacular ending to one of my absolute all time favourite series. I could not be more pleased with this book it was just so perfect. (Side note: I listened to this in audiobook form and OHMYGAWD it was awesome! I have never had an audiobook with a full cast and it has now ruined me to most other audiobooks).
Naturally the plot of OBSIDIO included crazy shenanigans, AIDAN being kind of helpful but also overly logical to the point of being psychotic, adults who are mostly useless (except for the rare few), and teenagers saving the day, HURRAH! The first two books spent some time on world building and explaining how everything, spaceships, tech stuff, etc., worked but this wasn’t as prominent in OBSIDIO. No, OBSIDIO came in, hooked you with the first scene and kept the tension cranking until the very end. There were times when I laughed and times when I cried and times where I alMOST HAD A PANIC ATTACK! coughAIDANcough.
Like in the other two books, this instalment has a gazzilion and one characters and then some since we closely follow all three of the ships introduced since the beginning of the series, Kady/Ezra, Hanna/Nik, and the newest, Asha/Rhys. We also follow some of the minor characters, i.e. AIDAN (The psychotic AI) and Ella Malikova. I was concerned that with all of the characters coming together in this instalment that they weren’t going to mesh but I really shouldn’t have. Hanna and Kady are both brilliant and crazy amazing female leads and work together to get the shit that needs to be done DONE. Likewise, Ezra and Nik are the sarcasm/sass kings of this series so I DEFINITELY shouldn’t have been concerned that they wouldn’t end up buddies. One thing that I would critique is the newest protagonists, Asha and Rhys. Since most of this book focuses on the actiony bits more, there wasn’t a lot of character development for these two and it occasionally made them feel a little bit flat.
HMmmm. Can I gush about how amazing this book is more? Probably, considering how short I tried to keep this review buuuuuuut… HOLYOHMYGAWD IT WAS AMAZING! The twists! The turns! How is it possible that this series is over (insert hysterical sobbing). Side Note: As of the week beginning 19th March the Illuminae Files is on the NYT best selling series list and I cannot think of a more deserving series.