Obsidio Review


By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Obsidio is the third book in the Illuminae Trilogy. Check out my review of the first book, Illuminae here. Check out my review of the second book, Gemina here.

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, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

From bestselling author duo Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff comes the exciting finale in the trilogy that broke the mold and has been called “stylistically mesmerizing” and “out-of-this-world-awesome.”

Summary from Goodreads.

Obsidio is the third book in the Illuminae Trilogy. I actually did not know that this book existed, I was going through my bookshelf and saw that I still had the first book. I went online to see if there was a second book only to find out that not only had I already read the second one back when it came out (amazing memory right?), but a third book had been released a few years ago. So I very quickly skimmed the first book to remind myself what happened, and how unusual the way this trilogy has been written, then I got the third and final book out from the library.

Now before I say about what I enjoyed and did not enjoy about Obsidio, if you have not read either of the first 2 books in the trilogy, then picking up this one will probably be a tad of a shock to you. It is not written like a novel, instead it a ‘dossier of hacked documents — including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more‘. Even if science fiction is not you genre of choice, give the first (or any of the books in the trilogy) a flick through to see why it is a unique read.

Now onto the actual book. I enjoyed it. Considering that I had almost completely forgotten the second book (and only had a vague recollection of the first), that did not stop me from understanding or enjoying this story one bit. It did take me a while to get into the way that it is written, but once I got over the initial change it was a very easy read. Where all of the documents started and ended made sense, and cutting from one to another worked very well. There were some revelations in here that were completely unexpected, but they were not done for shock factor. All of the plot twists were all justified, and made sense for what was occurring.

While the previous books in this trilogy each wrapped up and could have very easily been a self contained book, it was nice to have a continuation and conclusion as to the invasion. A good end to this trilogy that I am happy I found.


Have you read Obsidio? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

Check it out on Goodreads here.

Purchase it from Amazon here.


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