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Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Illuminae Files #3)

Book Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (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.”

Book Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Illuminae Files #3)

What I thought:

Friends, I was so engrossed in this book I didn’t remember to take notes until a couple of days after I finished it oo #fail

So this review will be entirely from memory. Not that I remember much besides the pain…


They cry, they embrace, they pray, they wait with grim determination. They whisper their instructions to themselves over and over again, or pore over manuals for jobs they’re not qualified to do.

They close their eyes tight, or stare into space.

And in case this is the end–because this probably is the end–they say goodbye.


I feel like there should be a support group for people who’ve read The Illuminae Files. If you know of one, point the way.


This book hurt, but then I expected that. I tore through it just as quickly as I did the other two, and the ending left me feeling just as empty. In a good way, though, because this book definitely delivered.

My expectations were high after Illuminae and Gemina, and Obsidio was everything I feared it would be. Pain, slayed hope, death–it’s all right here, in these most beautiful of all pages <3

Too many secrets between these kids.

It was never gonna end well.

If you want to read books that will make you feel something (mostly pain, tbh, but there’s some joy, too), then this series is for you! I can’t recommend these enough <3

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Or, if you haven’t read Illuminae and Gemina yet, start here:

Book Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Illuminae Files #3) Read first: Illuminae Book Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Illuminae Files #3) Read first: Gemina

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