Obsidio // An edge-of-the-seat finale

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24909347Kady, 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.

What I liked

The characters! I love that the MCs from Illuminae and Gemina return. I also love Asha and Rhys, the two new MCs who are introduced in this book. My personal favourite is AIDAN, who is full of personality and growth, despite being an AI.

The super awesome, kickass female MCs. Kady, Hanna and Asha are strong, willful, and independent. They are not afraid to fight for the people they love and the values they cherish. I’m also happy to see female supporting characters such as Sierra and Winifred who lead with confidence and compassion.

The themes of artificial intelligence and war. We see the points of view of even the minor characters on either side of the war, who have friends, families or other people they care about. I like that characters are portrayed as humans, and that there is no one true villain.

Plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Dialogues are written with humour and wit.

The unique format. Consistent with the first two books, Obsidio is a collection of briefing notes, surveillance camera footage transcripts, chat logs, etc. I listened to the audiobook version, so the format may not be as pronounced. However I did sample a short segment of the print edition (impromptu bookstore visit) and I am impressed by the layout of the pages and the occasional illustrations from Hanna’s journal.

The audiobook is awesome. Love that the voice actors injected personality into each of their character roles. I also love the sound effects and the occasional background music. Did I mention that, rather than just one voice actor, there is an entire cast!?

What I didn’t like

With the addition of two new MCs (Asha and Rhys) and the inclusion of POVs of minor characters, I almost feel as if there are TOO many characters with less attention devoted to each one.

The Bottom Line

Illuminae and Gemina set high expectations for Obsidio, but the last book in this series does not disappoint. It is jam packed with action and plot twists, and a cast of characters who you will cheer on.

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What do you think about the Illuminae series? How do you feel about books with multiple POVs? Is there such a thing as TOO many characters?

23 thoughts on “Obsidio // An edge-of-the-seat finale

  1. Lydia Tewkesbury says:

    I’ve held back from reading this series despite reading almost universally positive reviews because I have a few issues with Jay Kristoff, specifically relating to the Nevernight series. My resolve not to read these is weakening though!

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hi Lydia! Yes I’ve heard mixed reviews about Jay Kristoff and the Nevernight series (which is the reason why I haven’t read it so far). However I’ve really enjoyed the Illuminae series (especially the first and the third books) and I would highly recommend it!

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  2. Marie says:

    Yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed this finale, Sophie! I haven’t read it just yet, but I can’t wait to be able to buy it to read it 🙂 x
    I get what you mean about too many characters though, I hate when that happens, it makes me feel a bit confused and even sometimes annoyed, when we don’t focus on a couple key characters too much :/ Still, I’ll be looking forward to reading that one soon 😀 Lovely review! 🙂

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Yes it can be disorientating when there are too many characters. I think Obsidio isn’t too bad because at least we already know Kady, Ezra, Hanna and Nik from the first two books 🙂 Hope that you will enjoy this finale when you read it! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts ❤ 🙂

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  3. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Great review for this book Sophie, and I agree with pretty much all the points you made, even the con. 🙂 As much as I loved this book and loved meeting Asha and Rhys I preferred reading more from Kady, Ezra, Hanna, Nik and Ella side of the story, simply because they were characters I had rooted for in the previous books and it was easier to root for them again in this one with that previous development behind them. AIDAN remains my all-time favourite character though, and yes the plot twists had me on the edge of my seat as well. I didn’t see anything coming in this book. 🙂 ❤

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hi Beth! Yes I also feel more attached to the characters from the previous books because I got to know them better. Although I liked Asha and Rhys I feel like there wasn’t as much time to get to know them. And yes AIDAN is so awesome and it is ironic that our favourite character is not even human haha 🙂

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  4. Lois says:

    I am so desperate to get my hands on this book and I am so excited to see how everything concluded. I already know it’s going to be a rollercoaster of emotions, but I’ll just have to power through it haha.I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews about the audiobook and it’s made me curious. I might give it a shot sometime.

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    • Sophie Li says:

      The audiobook is very well done I think, especially considering how various parts would be hard to narrate (for example Hanna’s illustrations!) I hope that you really do give this a shot some time 🙂
      Hope that you will enjoy Obsidio and looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Thank you Dani!! One of my favourite parts about the finale is that all the previous MCs are in it. This is also probably one of the best done audiobooks that I’ve listened to. Hope that you will enjoy the end of this series 🙂

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