I mean, was there ever any doubt that I just wasn’t going to absolutely love Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff’s finale, Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)… No, chum. There most certainly wasn’t.
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.
- All Of My Precious Babies! – Ezra, Kady, Hanna, and Nik are just as sassy and kickass as they were in the previous two books. I will never not wish that I was as quick with pithy comebacks as Hanna is. Like seriously, I need her to teach me her ways. I mean you can occasionally catch me on a good day where I can come up with someone on the spot but normally I won’t think of anything good until 30 minutes later. Such is life. Anyways….. The new bromance stirring between Nik and Ezra is really funny. If you’re like me and enjoy hate-to-love, then these two will crack you up. Golden boy vs. the criminal… 😉
- AIDAN – He’s just as crazy as ever and yet, he’s also the hero we don’t deserve. Is it strange to say that I’ve got this strange crush on him? It is, right?! Eh, who cares. I will continue to stand by the fact that he is one of the all-time greatest fictional characters ever created.
- The Return To Kerenza – I’m really glad that we return to Kerenza IV for the finale of this trilogy. I love stories set on spaceships and such, don’t get me wrong. But it seems very fitting to return to where it all began at the end and it really worked with the overall storyline. I really enjoyed getting to experience the side of the story from those who were left behind and having to deal with the occupation. Let’s just say that life hasn’t been a picnic for them while our heroes were off in space.
- Boring? New Characters – My biggest issue with this book was the introduction of two new characters, Asha and Rhys. They came across a little flat and boring after our main four had such vibrant personalities. I just didn’t quite connect as well with these two and felt like I was following their story from a distance. I wish they had had more distinct personalities, something that differentiated them from the side characters around them. But alas, they did not.
Overall, this was a really great finale to such a beloved trilogy! I enjoyed everything about it, even though I would have liked to see a bit more from the two new main characters. However, I thought it was a clever way to reintroduce us to Kerenza IV and give us a different side to the story. Now I just need Kaufman and Kristoff to hurry up and publish their next collaboration, please!
Final Verdict: 5/5 Stars
Have you read Obsidio? If so, what did you think of the new character additions? Do you think it was a good finale? Which book was your favorite in the series?