Obsidio | 4.5 star book review
Series: The Illuminae Files #3
Also in this series: Illuminae
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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.
This series has made me do a complete u-turn, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Illuminae when I first read it but decided to give it another go once Gemina came out. Obsidio, definitely kept that streak running, I loved this book and I think the ending was a perfect tie-up of the tiny strings that had run all the way through the series. I feel like although I was sad that the series had ended it felt as though it was a nice way to end. I wasn’t vying after unanswered questions and I was content with the way everything had worked out and how the characters had ended up.
I think one of the things this series does really well is compile well rounded but also flawed characters and makes sure each of them has their own story and complications that isn’t just based on a romantical element, which I thoroughly enjoyed! Obsidio specifically gives you a real insight into Kerenza and the aftermath of what has happened to the colony. I think this book has a really raw and powerful aspect to it, one that you think would have been watered down by the format of the books, but isn’t. If anything the format of the book adds rawness and power.
Obsidio is probably one of my favourite books out of the trilogy maybe beaten out by Gemina, only because that book was hardcore. I think after having all the fighting, and the space battles of the previous books this was like breathing in just pure emotion. That’s not to say there weren’t some really great fight scenes in this book because boy was there, it just seemed to be a lot more intense and there seemed to be a lot more at stake than in the previous books. I thought that the battles in Obsidio just felt as though they meant a lot more. But’s that’s just me personally.
In my humble opinion, this series got better and better and I really couldn’t have asked for a better ending. However, the reason why this book has not won itself 5 stars, and this is a small complaint is I still find myself skipping through some of the pages. Some of them although pretty to look at either took too much time trying to read them or just didn’t grip me the way I wanted. It was a running trait in this book, but I do think it’s a personal thing. I don’t enjoy books that take too much energy to read so I think the random pages reminded me of that.
Have you read this series? What did you think of Obsidio? Did the ending satisfy you or were you left wanting more? Let me know in the comments!