Review: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Posted April 13, 2018 by Bee || 5 Comments

Review: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff & Amie KaufmanObsidio by Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
Series: The Illuminae Files #3
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 13th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 615
Source: Purchased
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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 so this is going to be a kind of unpopular opinion but I wasn’t blown away by Obsidio. It’s a solid finale, don’t get me wrong, but this series deserved better to me. I won’t make this review very long because there are so many of them out there already and I want to keep it spoiler free for the whole series in case you haven’t started it yet. (Which you should, just FYI.)

First off, I did still enjoy this! It was a good book. Just… not at the level I was expecting it to be. Illuminae blew my mind when I first read it and when Gemina came out and it was almost just as awesome, I was sure this series was going to be stellar over the whole line. My expectations for this book were very high, which is to be expected. But that might have been the downfall for me. That and the hype around it. I postponed reading this for so long because I was so scared of the hype. And in the end, I was a bit right to be scared because I didn’t love this book nearly as much as I wanted to. Even more, I didn’t love this. I just enjoyed it. Why? Let me tell you.

Obviously this book is stunning to look at. The formatting keeps blowing my mind with it’s gorgeous designs and the audiobook is just fantastic to listen to while reading the book. It’s a real unique experience and I don’t think any other book can offer such a thing. I also still loved the characters I’ve come to know and love. Of course AIDAN is on the top. His character development is amazing over the course of the series and he remains my favorite mass-murdering artificial intelligence out there. He is so precious in this final book, omg.

BUT… I felt like the pacing was all over the place. It either went too fast or too slow. I was often confused as to what even was happening and not because the science of it went over my head a bit like with the previous books. I just didn’t really get what was happening because it was rushed or I didn’t know what the point of something was because it was only filler. Like… the new characters introduced… I could have done without them. I didn’t connect to them at all and i didn’t really see the point of their POV in this book.

And the big finale was tragically underwhelming. It felt too easy. Not tragic enough. Without giving away spoilers, the stakes just didn’t feel high enough and I think everything ended too easily and too pretty. Now to shout out my spoiler-y thoughts for those interested:

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So overall it was a solid finale that didn’t live up to the standard of the series for me. I was underwhelmed and that makes me sad because I wanted to love it so hard. But hey, I seem to be the black sheep here and I still highly recommend reading this series because it’s stunning and epic even if the finale didn’t really deliver for me personally.

5 responses to “Review: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

  1. That is such a shame! I often put off reading finales for this exact reason.

    I haven’t read any of this series yet. I keep sort of meaning to, but lingering issues with Jay Kristoff have meant that I haven’t found the enthusiasm.

  2. I haven’t read this one yet, but I I felt the same way about Gemina. I think I’m going to put this off for a bit longer. I’m super sad that the new characters weren’t memorable. Thanks for your honesty Bee!

  3. I am so happy that someone agrees with me that I could just weep with joy. I mean- not that I am glad that you didn’t love it but… just glad that I am not the only one because I was starting to feel like perhaps I had read the wrong book? People on Twitter and in reviews were like, telling me that their souls were shattered and such and I was like… but no, because of the spoilery things! Also some of the other stuff during the course of the book just didn’t feel that high stakes to me? Idk. We’ll form a support group or something 😀

  4. Vee @ Under The Mountain

    I had basically the same thoughts. What would have been nice was to just introduce Asha – and partner her with Ella, who everyone wanted to be revealed as gay anyway. It would have tied in well and I would have been so happy. I didn’t like the couple that was introduced at all, or how heavily straight the series was as a whole.

    Vee @ Under The Mountain

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