Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff [Spoiler Review]
**Note: This review is marked as a spoiler because this book is the third novel in the Illuminae Files series, and is the sequel to Gemina
Synopsis: Asha Grant came to Kerenza to escape her past. Too bad he just caught up with her.
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 the 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?
Star Rating: 5/5
My Thoughts: I have to be honest, unlike the first two books in this series, I hardly remembered anything about Obsidio going into it. I think I might remember really not enjoying the reading experience as much as I did with the first two, and I might remember thinking that this was the weakest installment in the series. That being said, I think I remember incorrectly.
When I first read this book, I marked it as a five star read. About halfway through, I was pretty sure that was going to change. Having finished it, however, I’m sure now that it never can. In my opinion, this was a pretty epic conclusion to the series and I was immensely satisfied. How could I ever think a book that includes Ezra and Nik bantering and Isaac Grant being a father figure to Ella was anything less than five stars? I must have been out of my mind.
However, I do still think there are some weak spots in this book. The cast of characters in this series get larger and larger with each new installment, which can make it pretty hard to juggle and balance all of them. Though their story was very important to the ending of the series, I still feel as if Asha and Rhys are my least favorite characters, purely because I felt as if they got the short end of the stick a lot of the time. We needed to check in with the other characters and the narrative we had spent two books building up; the civilians of Kerenza and Asha and Rhys just didn’t get the page time I felt their story might have deserved.
At the end of the day, though, this is still one of the most amazing series I have ever read, and I am so glad I might the choice to immerse myself back in this world for a little while.