Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: 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, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.
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It’s time for another standing ovation. Authors Kaufman and Kristoff did it again! This book. This series. The characters will stay with me forever. The formatting of the physical books is a feast for the eyes, and the audiobooks are a symphony to the ears. I adored every second of Obsidio, the last installment of the Illuminae Files.
I loved how the authors brought the cast of books one and two together for the finale. Kady and Ezra, Hannah and Nik, and Asha and Rhys finally kicked some serious ass. And boy, oh boy, it was fun to read. I didn’t want the story to end.
Obsidio showed the ugly side of war, allowing the reader to see both sides of the coin. The authors made me feel compassionate for the morally grey characters. Cue AIDEN.
So, let’s talk about the star of the show, the artificial intelligence who has the power to tip the scales. Every story needs a hero and a villain, right? But which role did AIDEN choose? That’s the beauty of Obsidio. The reader gets to decide.
Kaufman and Kristoff’s writing was superb. The pacing was fantastic. The emotional connection was off the charts, and the ending left the reader both satisfied and intrigued. I can’t say enough positive things about this book.
I AM AIDEN
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Triggers/Warnings: graphic violence, implied language
Escapism Factor: 5/5
Emotional Connection: 5/5
Character Development: 5/5
Completed Read: March 2021