Review: Obsidio by Amy Kaufman

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)Title: Obsidio
Author: Amy Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Genre: Sci-fi
Publisher: Knopf Books
Date published:February 17th 2020
Page Count: 615

Rating: 4.5/5

If you’ve come this far in the series, I don’t think I need to convince you to read this book. But nonetheless, let me just recite to you the reasons why you should get to this book asap:

  • If you’re looking for some intense adventure, sidled with a lot of humor. The Illuminae files has the perfect mix of humour and adventure; it’s intense but provides the much needed comedic relief that YA Fiction sometimes glosses over.
  • AIDAN, our favorite villain, is back! Unintentionally making us laugh with his monotonous voice and lack of ability to interpret sarcasm, he also continues to save the day! (Unfortunately in a way that forces Kady as well as us readers to rethink how logic and moral continues to clash against each other)
  • Isaac Grant should be nominated as best parent in the entire universe of YA Fiction. Even though he had little presence in the first two book, he sure does make up for it in this book. He genuinely cares for all the kids and acts as such a fatherly figure in a  wholesome way.
  • Number of death scares is at an all time high, but is so worth it. If you thought Gemina gave you enough heart attacks, you definitely do not know what is coming for you.
  • It makes you ponder about questions about morality and ethics, but not in a preachy way. It doesn’t fully label people to being good or bad (as much as certain characters with a Napoleon complex can be annoying as hell, the book explains how deciding who the enemy is is not all that black and white)
    • “Who knew their greatest test would be figuring out who’s on the right and wrong sides of an argument about their fate? Who knew the worst they’d face would be at the hands of other people? … Everyone’s right and everyone’s wrong” – Analyst ID 7213-0089
  • Justice is served in such a badass way. This book, like the others before it really manage to show how all these story lines are linked together in really interesting ways. The last battle almost gave me similar vibes to the final battle in Marvel’s Endgame. If any quote shows this the most it’s this one:
    • “There is a moment just after the die is cast and before it lands upon the gaming table in which the smallest breeze may change its course – the way it rolls and where it comes to rest. The die is cast. But today we will shake the table upon which it lands.” – Winifred McCall


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The only thing that I wished was to see more of the banter between the couples. But because the story was trying to follow along at least three story lines at a given time, resources of course were spread out thin. Another thing that kind of jarred with me was that the ending was anti-climatic. With the three books to build up the world and to pack so much action, I felt like the resolution was a bit too contrived. It’s not as terrible as the analogy with Game of Thrones, but I’ll admit that’s the first thing I thought of when I read how things were resolved.

But despite even that, all the amazing things that Obsidio offers fully outweighs the albeit lackluster way they chose to resolve the Kerenza BeiTech conflict. The adventure, characters, and humor of the last installment of Illuminae series will remind you again of why you started and why you must finish it.

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