Book Review: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman 

The final installment in The Illuminae Files

Published in 2018

613 pages

5757888 out of 5 stars (no but really)

Goodreads Sypnosis:

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.

My Review:

I can’t believe it’s all over, I mean I know I’ll never forget these amazing books and characters, but this book was so nerve wracking and heart pounding, I tried desperately to savour it, The Illuminae files being among my favourite books ever, but I was hooked from the first page.

Only Amie and Jay, in their delightful and wicked and perfect ways, could have me attatched to their characters. My heart was so fond of Ezra and Kady in “Illuminae” and in “Gemina”, I was with Nik, Ella and Hanna all the way, and fangirling when characters across the books came together.

In “Obsidio”, I loved everyone, especially the moments between Kady and Ezra, who still remain my ultimate Illuminae files ship, but oh Asha! My heart ached as I got to know her backstory, and the plot of this final installment had me on tenderhooks. Every page had me feeling, the twists and turns were insane! At so many points was I gasping and I had to re read several pages for everything to sink in!

I love how, between the character interactions, there were of course not only feels aplenty; but laughs too, and at times, most of them, I felt the characters fears and emotions. Across 3 books, I had been with them, this journey has been so unique and exciting and terrifying, it’ll definitely stay with me for some time, that’s for sure. AIDAN, the ruthless (and believe me, that’s saying something!) was honestly giving me all of the feels, some of the scenes where equally horrifying and emotional! Not to give anything away, but the AI’s relationship with Kady was equally nightmare enduing and emotional! I felt like, as the authors allowed the reader into AIDAN’s mind, that I was feeling those intense feelings! And by the end, I felt so empty and longing for more; but at the same time, so much adrenaline and exhilaration, I was crying and cheering, honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better final installment! This is easily one of my favorite conclusions, ever!

Not only was each page a feast on the eyes, those visuals were amazing, with illustrations done by Marie Lu, but I couldn’t help but feel so much excitement and nervousness when I was going through the pages; I couldn’t predict anything!

There will never be any other books like the Illuminae Files, I cannot recommend them all enough! They are all easily among my favourites and I’m devastated that it’s over! I cried when I finished Obsidio, longing for more, but perfectly satisfied.

These books have been such a pleasure and a roller coaster of emotions to experience, I am so glad Jay and Amie are writing more books together. Their partnership is definitley my favourite, and I already miss the world of Illuminae files, but I know I’ll never forget!

Until next time,

Happy reading 😊

Brooklyn ✨


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