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Obsidio : The Illuminae Files : Book 3 - Amie Kaufman


The Illuminae Files : Book 3

Paperback Published: 14th March 2018
ISBN: 9781925266726
Number Of Pages: 624
For Ages: 14+ years old

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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.

Review by Tanaya Lowden

The day we received advanced finished copies of Obsidio in the office was a very exciting day. After lots of oh my goshes, squeals, and general excitement, the wait for the work day to end (so that I could drop everything and devour the book) begun. Once I finally started to read the book, I was so enraptured that I basically devoured it in one sitting, and I’m so glad I did because this book was everything I had hoped for and more.

One of my favourite things about this series is how incredibly creative and imaginative it is. Amie and Jay have put together one of the most unique young adult series ever, and it is always such a fun time reading through the many ways they have written their story. Obsidio continues with the multimedia layout – with transcriptions, instant messaging chats, illustrations, ship blueprints, lists of the dead, cool text imagery, etc. – and it makes it all the more intense and entertaining. I also thoroughly enjoy spotting the names of authors I know and seeing Jay and Amie either kill them off or just have them amidst the action of the book.

This is the kind of book that gave me ALL the feels. Throughout the entire book I was on edge, expecting the worst to happen to the beloved characters Jay and Amie have created. I was happy when there were cute moments between everyone; I felt the sadness of the destruction of war that is touched upon in this novel (some pretty brutal things go down); and I was also laughing thoroughly because of the wit and banter of all the characters.

As soon as I finished Obsidio, I sat there in awe, completely satisfied with the conclusion to one of my favourite young adult series. I immediately wanted to reread the book because it was just so spectacularly well done. Even now, several weeks later, I STILL want to reread Obsidio (or the whole series even) because I can’t get out of my mind just how incredible this conclusion is. The fact that this book has stuck with me for this time is all the proof I need to know that this is a great book.

This bunch of characters has been a fun and lovable cast to get to read about these past few years. I for one am definitely going to be disappointed to think that there are no new books coming featuring them. Kady, Ezra, Hanna, Nik, Ella, the newcomers Rhys and Asha, and even Aidan are better than ever before. I for one will definitely miss reading from the devious Aidan’s perspective…

Simply put, Obsidio is a fantastic and deeply satisfying conclusion to this epic series, and one that will not disappoint! If for some reason you’ve sat through this review and haven’t read either of the first two books in this series – Illuminae and Gemina – then I urge you to pick them up immediately! This really is an awesome, action-packed series that I will continue to recommend for all of eternity.

Many thanks to Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff for creating such a magnificent world. I can’t wait for everyone else to read Obsidio and to see how this all ends.

Review by Sarah McDuling

Obsidio is the final book in the Illuminae trilogy and oh my gosh, what a spectacular finale!!!!

I love this series so much, it’s such a wild, crazy-amazing thrill ride of awesomeness. Every book is packed full of witty banter, lovable characters, a riveting plot that moves along at breakneck speed, and so much raw emotion that it’s not unusual to find yourself laughing at the beginning of a chapter and then crying by the end. I did so much laugh/crying during Obsidio and can’t wait to read it all over again!

Obsidio brings The Illuminae Files to an absolutely perfect and incredibly satisfying conclusion. The characters from previous books are all brought together on the planet of Kerenza, along with a cast of compelling new characters. Our two star-crossed heroes are Asha and Rhys, a couple with a complicated history who now find themselves on opposite sides of a violent conflict.

There are so many things to praise about this series. The creative narrative format provides a truly unique reading experience. The plot unfolds via a collection of emails, documents, diagrams, comic strips, IM chats, video transcriptions and sketches. It really feels as though you are being transported into a vividly imagined world. It’s as though the reader becomes a fly on the wall, privy to private conversations between characters and top secret files. The result is a truly visceral storytelling event – you don’t just read these books. You live them. (I mean, hopefully you live. The death toll in this series is notoriously high!)

Punchy, poignant, high-octane, thoughtful, dynamic, hilarious, heartbreaking, and ridiculously entertaining – I cannot recommend this series enough. I could easily produce about a million more adjectives in praise of these books. And talk about a satisfying ending – I was so utterly blown away by Obsidio I felt like bursting into a round of applause when I got to the end.

Live a life worth dying for and read these books. Trust me, you will love every word. And every picture. And map. And diagram. And artwork. You’ll love it all!!

About the Authors

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff feast upon your tears and relish your screams, In addition to their international bestsellers Illuminae and Gemina, Amie is the co-author (with Meagan Spooner) of the bestselling Starbound trilogy and its successor, Unearthed. She is also the author of Ice Wolves.

Jay is the author of the award-winning Lotus War trilogy and the Nevernight Chronicles, as well as the forthcoming novel LIFEL1K3. They live with their respective spouses in Melbourne, Australia.

Epic finale to a great series


Absolutely amazing finale. I was hoping it would never end. Found myself wondering at points why it would be so slow, but I realised it gave a much needed pace change from break neck speeds.

NSW, Aus


The perfect final instalment


The plot of Obsidio is fantastic. There is never-ending tension for those on board the Mao, for those on Kerenza, and also for the reader. This is one of those novels where I don't even bother trying to guess what happens, because I'm usually wrong – the best kind of story. The ending was perfection. The Illuminae Files ranks as one of my favourite series. It's YA and Sci-Fi and is one of the most inventive and ambitious series I've read, so it gets extra points. If you haven't picked up a copy of the first two books, I highly recommend you read them before reading Obsidio. You won't be disappointed.



Love this book!


Love this book! Third one and was not disappointed :)



Amazing Finale to an Amazing Series


The format is a major plus with this series with the story told through interviews, files, messages etc. A wonderful sci-fi that will have you wanting more from these authors. An excellent book. An excellent series.

Deception Bay, Qld


Amazing Finale to 5-Star Trilogy


I remember picking up the first book to this trilogy (Illuminae) three years ago, when my reading journey began. I didn't know anything about the book, but upon picking it up, I wanted to read it purely for it's unique set out. The book is told in a collection of video transcripts, online messages and radio files. I wasn't really into the sci-fi genre, but that changed dramatically after reading the first book. It awoke in me my love of sci-fi, and to this day, is one of the best books I have ever read. I have been awaiting for Obsidio, the third and final book in the trilogy, for what feels like years. It was a struggle not to devour the 615 page book in one sitting, as I wanted to savor every page. The plot, the characters, the setting, everything has been carefully planed out, and it shows in the authors incredible writing and plot execution. I was so worried to how the ending would turn out, but it did not disappoint. It was one of the best endings I have read for a series and there were no loose ends or plot holes. Everything was carefully planed out and my head is still reeling. Definitely one of my favorite books of all time and I recommend this book to everyone. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to binge-read the whole trilogy again.

Canberra, Australia



5.0 5


ISBN: 9781925266726
ISBN-10: 1925266729
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 14+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 14th March 2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3