Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Series: The Illuminae Files #3
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.
Okay, this is one of those series that I fangirl over and can’t really see clearly and have a hard time rating because I’m just so excited even while things happen in the book that make me go “that definitely could have been done better” but I just couldn’t really bring myself to knock off more than half a star because I was so emotionally invested. So that’s my little disclaimer.
First things first, this book has a single non-white person as a main character, which is slightly better than the other books since they had zero. But only slightly better. Also, everyone is hetero AF. The rest of the characters are pretty diverse, which is nice, but like, come on–you can do better. Second, the plotline on Kerenza was kind of hard to get into since I didn’t know or really care about the characters yet, but it is the same issue I had with Gemina so what did I expect. Third, the emotional manipulation is unreal. This is true of all three of these books, but god damn. Why do I fall for it every time? How do you two do it? Also, stop it ✋. Emotional manipulation is not cute, it’s kind of annoying–especially when it feels pointless (take note, Marvel Studios).
In other news, AIDAN is back true to form, and I loved every bit of it. He is easily my favourite character in the entire series; I cannot get enough of this homicidal computer program. On a similar note, I think the authors do a good job with making the antagonists of each book understandable (for the the most part). I totally get why people make the decisions they make, even while I disagree with them.
The plot itself was okay, as per usual. Nothing to write home about, and I’m still a little confused about it to be honest. I just don’t understand the corporation thing, but maybe that’s more of a world-building issue, which probably stems from the unusual format of the series. I do love the format, though, and it always manages to surprise me that I care so much about characters whose heads I’m never in. But a huge chunk of that is how much the authors manage to show their personalities–they are very very good at character, which tends to be my weakness in books and movies and everything else.
I should also say that there was a lot of internal screaming of various sorts. And if this book wasn’t so pretty and heavy, I would be doing this every other page:
Because somehow somehow somehow I never see the goddamn plot twists coming.
Have you read this series yet? What did you think?