Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffObsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #3
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 13th 2018
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 615

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.


Gah, my heart, guys. I can’t believe it’s over. This book (and series) has been a crazy nitty-gritty emotional roller-coaster of excitement!


I’ve have to say this was quite the space-saga survival story. Like the previous books, it’s packed full of catastrophic events, emotional moments and all around edge-of-your-seat adventures as we hurtle towards the final battle of good vs evil.

It’s hard to imagine, but even amid so much violence and chaos and loss, somehow the universe sometimes still manages to look beautiful.

I loved getting to see more of Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik and AIDEN! Seeing them deal with end-of-the-universe problems while still having to prove that they’re more than just teenage kids, just made me love them even more. Also, there’s still cuteness. Seriously, adored Kady and Erza so much, they’re so friggin’ adorable. And I liked that we got to see more of Hanna and Nik and how their relationship developed.

“I was thinking,” he murmurs. “There’a billion different versions of you out there, in a trillion different universes. And I still can’t get over how lucky I am that, out of all those versions, you’re the one that’s mine.”

We also meet to new two heroes, Asha and Rhys, who are Kerenza. I liked both of them but I definitely felt we didn’t really get a ton of time with them (what with all the action happening and getting to see a lot of the rest of the old crew). They did have a cute second chance at romance while saving the universe, too.

Overall this was a captivating and thrilling adventure that brings all the feelings. A great conclusion to a great series.

Live a life worth dying for.

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.

He does not believe in happy endings.


Author: Cyn

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6 Replies to “Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff”

  1. I am so excited to get to this one. I loved the first two books so much. Glad you liked this and thought it was a good conclusion. Great review!

  2. Great review! I’ve been putting off reading this one because I don’t want the series to be over. I’m glad you liked it.

  3. I love that this series ended so well! I’ve seen nothing but great reviews for it so far. For some reason last year I tried book one and just couldn’t get into it for some reason. I think it felt too disjointed to me with all the interrupted emails and messages. Maybe I should try it again though? Either way, great review for this!

  4. I got this on release day and really need to dive in!

  5. Glad you loved it! I did too, and was so happy to see Hanna and Nik again (my faves). Rhys and Asha weren’t bad either though, although I agree they didn’t have a ton of screen time, what with the full cast. Still, it was good, and nice to see Kady and Ezra too. My heart about stopped at a certain moment towards the end when it looked like two certain people (don’t want to spoil) almost didn’t make it!

  6. This was a very satisfying conclusion for me. I was surprised by how much I cried, but how could I not. Kady’s dad just won my heart in this book, and I loved having Kady and Ezra back. They were so swoony.

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