Book Review

Obsidio : Book Review



Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Publication Date: March 13, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 618

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers


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.


This book broke me.

It took me a year and a half to finally read it because I knew it would make me feel that way and I was just never prepared. I finally felt ready and it still broke me. I read Illuminae and Gemina TWICE before finally giving in and reading Obsidio. While I’m entirely sad the series is finished, I have to say I think it ended incredibly well.

If you’ve read this series then you know each book followed a different set of characters (mainly) and their stories end up interconnecting throughout and at the end. In Obsidio we are introduced to Asha and Rhys, whom I ended up loving! They are an old flame and have a lot of history which makes their interactions with each other entirely witty and full of banter. We also have our old favorites like Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik so between these 6 amazing main characters there is certainly never a dull moment in this story.

Much like Illuminae and Gemina, I read Obsidio via the physical book AND the audiobook together. I will forever say that these are some of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to, and pairing it with the incredible layout of the physical book still takes me on such a journey. I wouldn’t listen to as many audiobooks as I do know if it hadn’t been for the Illuminae audiobook. The full cast and creepy background sounds honestly MADE this series ever been than it already is.

While I did give Obsidio a 5 star rating I do want to point a few things that bothered me during this read but made the story no less enjoyable for me. First, as the books went on they became increasingly predictable. The first book was entirely UNpredictable but the problem is that Gemina and Obsidio followed the same formula the first book did. Which, like I said didn’t impact my enjoyment of the story but it might for others. Second, and this ENTIRELY A SPOILER so if you haven’t read Obsidio please stop now. I am honestly a little irritated none of the main characters died in a war that literally ripped time in half?? All 6, all three couples came out alive. Which I guess I should be happy about but I’ve never been a big HEA fan 🤷🏽‍♀️ so here we are, don’t @ me.

If there’s one thing I can tell you about this book it’s to listen to the audiobook while also reading the physical book. You’ll thank me, I promise.

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