Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Fiction / Young Adult / Science-Fiction
Series: The Illuminae Files, Book Three
About the Book:
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.
Obsidio is the third and final installation in the Illuminae Files trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. There are so many mixed emotions because it was an epic ending to a fantastic series, but sad because that means the series is over.
Just like the previous books, the story is told through instant messages, radio transmissions, emails, diagrams, and drawings, etc. This adds to the uniqueness of the story and truly engages with the audience. It’s a thick book with over 600 pages, but readers will find themselves devouring the book in one sitting.
It took awhile for the book to truly draw me in because it wasn’t nearly as intense and suspenseful as the first two books, but there is a ton of non-stop action that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. I truly loved all of the characters, even AIDAN the psychopathic AI.
If you enjoy intense science-fiction, then you’ll want to read this series. But don’t get too attached because the authors love to play with your emotions.
Warnings for parents: There is a lot of violence. The characters do curse a lot. Although the words are completely blacked out, readers can easily figure out what’s being said. There are also quite a few sexual innuendoes and there are some mentions of pre-marital sex. There are some references geared towards homosexuality.
While this is a secular book, there is an excellent message about never letting anyone tell you that you’re too young to do anything of great value, including saving the world.
I wouldn’t recommend this for young readers. I enjoyed this so I would recommend it for an older mature audience.
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About Amie Kaufman:
Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Illuminae (with Jay Kristoff) and These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, and Their Fractured Light (with Meagan Spooner.) She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.
She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.
About Jay Kristoff:
Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is the winner of two Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.