Asha Grant and Rhys Lindstrom are on opposite sides of the fight for Kerenza IV; Asha is part of the growing underground resistance and Rhys is a BeiTech soldier. But for Asha and the others, time is running out, and Rhys might be their only hope.
Published: March 13th, 2018
Publisher: Knopf Books
Pages: 615 (hardcover)
Series: Illuminae Files #3
“We did not invite this conflict, but now we find ourselves in the midst of it, not one of us will step back from the line. I am asking you to give your all today. For yourselves and for something greater.”
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.
“If we go through with this attack, it’s gonna be balls to the wall. Everything we’ve done to get this far doesn’t mean a thing. We lose here, we lose everything.“
This book destroyed me. This series is one of my all time favorites and I’m so so so sad that it’s over. I’ll definitely be picking these up for a reread in the future.
One of the things that I love the most about this series is the way every page leaves you on the edge of your seat just waiting. When you’re reading this it feels like you’re holding your breath the entire book and right at the end you can exhale. The suspense is what makes these books so addicting, it’s like a rush every time you pick it up. Once you start reading it’s so hard to stop flipping the pages, and the format makes it so easy to read the whole 600 page book in one sitting.
When I first started this series I was upset that every book would have different lead characters because I had become so attached to Kady and Ezra, but I really love all the kids we’ve met. All the main characters in this book were just ordinary kids who do extraordinary things, and that’s what makes these books so special to me. They’re working together and coming up with this incredible plan to try and take back their home and save thousands of lives, it was so inspiring to follow this journey with them.
I really enjoyed both Asha and Rhys. I loved the aspect of them being ex-lovers and now on two very different sides of a war, it was like a Romeo & Juliet type of romance and I was living for it. I mean, who doesn’t love a good forbidden romance? At the same time, it was so interesting to see BeiTech through Rhys’ eyes. We had only been seeing them through the eyes of our protagonists, so it was cool to see the inner workings and get a first hand account of how BeiTech soldiers felt about what was happening at Kerenza. We hadn’t gotten that in the other two books, so this was a refreshing change of pace and really central to both the plot of the book and our understanding of BeiTech.
I loved how they all worked together in the final book; you know you’re reading these books separately and just waiting for the moment they all come together and Obsidio gave me that much needed character meeting. There was a lot of heart and a lot of humor between the group and I was so entranced by it all, it was like I was a part of it. That’s part of the reason why this finale hit me so hard; these people had become like my family. Sounds corny, but I’m really going to miss them.
The plot of this book is absolutely insane by itself, but when you pair it with the overarching plot of the series it’s just mind-blowing. We’re following these awesome kids and just trying to stay alive, but at the same time we’re learning all these crazy things along the way. I’m not going to spoil anything (obviously), but there’s just so much detail that went into the plot and it really shows as the book builds. This book and the series as a whole is just a really impressive piece of art, honestly. The ending was so satisfying on a multitude of different levels that I won’t get into for the sake of spoilers and the like, but while I wanted more simply because I loved this book, I thought the ending was a perfect way to wrap it.
Before Illuminae, I had never read a book that was formatted in this way. At first it was hard to get used to, but once you’re really into the book the pages just sort of flip themselves. While the book is super interesting, you’re also tied up in how cool and different the formatting is. You’re turning the page to see new diagrams of the ship or new character drawings or seeing how the words for that page flow through space the way the characters do and it all becomes just as important as the actual writings themselves. It can be intimidating at first, I know it was for me, but once you get used to it it does play an important role in the way the book is perceived.
This series is hands down one of my all time favorite books series (probably my second favorite behind ACOTAR), and Obsidio is a breath-taking and satisfying conclusion to a series that has shaken me to my core. These books have raised the bar for me when it comes to YA fantasy, and I’ll probably never get over them or stop thinking about them. If you haven’t read these yet, what are you waiting for?
P.S. If anyone knows someone who is doing awesome fanart for this series please let me know! I’m dying to get my hands on some but haven’t had a lot of luck finding any.
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