Obsidio Review (Illuminae #3)

Obsidio by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).

From the beginning of Obsidio to approximately 100 pages from the ending, this was a five star read…and then the ending happened and I became extremely disappointed. Of course 5/6 of the book being great meant it would still get rated around 4 stars, but keep in mind, the last bit was really, really disappointing to me. For the end of a spectacular trilogy, I was expecting a more drastic ending. I don’t want to go in too much because of spoilers, but it wasn’t to the caliber I expected. I’m not actually a sucker for happy endings. Sure, I want the characters to be happy, but…after three books, you’re expecting a fair amount of casualties. Needless to say, I can’t go into who didn’t die and who did; however, I was disappointed with the way it ended too “nicely.” And if there’s one thing I hate, it’s pretending your characters are dead and then bringing them back. Keep. Them. Buried.

Off of that, I think my final complaint is that there was too much surveillance footage and not enough of the other epistolary forms. I didn’t think I’d hate the form that’s most like an actual book when I started this series, but I like the other pieces much better, such as the group chats (hilarious) or the monologues from AIDAN (dramatic).

Speaking of which, the great moral dilemma with AIDAN was much appreciated. I love my morally grey characters! And I still stand by him not being a villain. That would be BeiTech. Not to mention, I HATE BeiTech with a fiery passion.

Anyway, I loved the characters of this one, especially how it followed our old favorites and two new ones, Asha and Rhys. I didn’t think I’d fall for Asha and Rhys’s love story either, but I stand corrected. Sure, it follows a lot of old tropes, but Rhys never once came across as an unhealthy person for Asha. For a series that pointedly doesn’t follow a lot of tropes, I think I’ll give it this one.

The plot continued to surprise me, with morally grey characters on either side of the fighting, and a dilemma between who was good and bad. I love these kind of topics! Is saving one person better than saving a million? Does it matter the person? (I think this came up a little, but it’s also been a few months so…)

If you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend it. It wasn’t the perfect conclusion, but I did love it anyway.

-Book Hugger

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