Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) – Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

I have heard it said
That evil is simply a point of view.
The villain is always a hero in his own story.
And the definitions of “wrong” and “right”
Ever shift on the inconsistent tides
Of human morality.
But can such measures even be said to apply to me?
I am clarity.
I am necessity,
I am inevitability.
But am I evil?


With the jumpstation destroyed, the only solution for Kady, Ezra, Nik, Hanna and the rest of the survivors is to go back to Kerenza. But will a container ship, equipped with the resources for a much lesser group, be able to get more than 2000 refugees safely home?

I love the way this story is written. This unusual typography with the assistance of wonderful drawings is able to convey and portray things in a way that a simple block of text could never ever do.

I will be forever amazed by the authors’ ability to make me care about characters I know almost nothing about. They are able to make them feel like they are real people in just a couple of words, in a few sentences.

And the ones we know from the previous books? They are incredibly precious to me. I loved seeing them interact with each other, and do things as a team, that neither of them could ever pull off on their own.

But when it comes to AIDAN… I am just a confused mess. I always had a weakness for villains, but that’s something more. Because I am still not sure if he was actually the villain. Or rather not he. But it.

But the problem is, I was never able to think of him as anything other than a person, because despite his actions, he always felt a little bit too human for me. He’s definitely one of the most memorable characters I have ever encountered in a book, ever. And even though I care about the rest of the cast a lot and I really, really adore them, he’s going to be the one that’s going to stay with me the longest. I am sure of that.

I have never finished a series written by Kristoff or Kaufman before, so I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know how they like to end their stories. It made me really worried.

Though still, I have to admit that after the events of Illuminae and Gemina I just simply stopped trusting them. So every time someone died I was like “oh, I am sure they will be fine”. And every time someone seemed okay I though “oooh, shit is about to go down”. And I was right very, very often.  I am not sure if that’s a good thing.

The pacing in this book is exactly like in the previous ones. The first 60-70% of the story is pretty slow, with a few intense moments here and there to keep you going, and the ending is absolutely insane. It’s not my favourite way of storytelling, but starting this book I knew exactly what I was signing up for, so that didn’t bother me at all.

I want you guys to know that it’s a very biased review and a very biased rating. Somewhere deep inside I am aware that this maybe isn’t a 5 star book, but… I just can’t help myself. I love this series a lot and it means so much to me, that I just can’t rate it any lower.

It’s a very good book and a pretty satisfying ending to a wonderful series. And all I can say is that if you loved the previous books, you are going to enjoy this one too. And if not… well then. I don’t know why would you want to continue with a series you don’t like, but you do you, my friend.



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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

6 thoughts on “Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) – Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

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  1. Great review! I just finished Gemina and Obsidio this last week and loved them! I 100% agree with you about AIDAN! I was so conflicted with how I felt, but his character is the one that’ll stand out in this series for me!


  2. Yay I’m so glad you loved this series!!! I completely agree with all of your points, especially about AIDAN. He was such a complex character, and definitely difficult to not like. I think I saw him as a kind of anti-hero, because I could never truly look at him as a villain…he’s a difficult one that’s for sure!! Great review!!!


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