Obsidio was not originally one of my most anticipated books of this year, but after speeding through both Illuminae and Gemina, I NEEDED IT. (Also: My pre-ordered copy was stolen off my front porch, and Amazon was kind enough to send a replacement. But it took a few extra days, and I was watching everyone’s unboxings and experiencing some major book FOMO. 😓 THE STRUGGLE WAS REAL.) I don’t know if I can adequately describe my level of excitement, but it was pretty much through the stratosphere. Almost a week has passed since I finished it, and I’m still reeling. But I’m going to try to make this review as coherent (and spoiler-free!) as possible.
That being said, there will, inevitably, still be some spoilers — especially for the previous two books. If you haven’t read any of these books and would prefer to remain completely, 100% un-spoiled, STOP READINGGGGG. Instead, maybe check out my reviews of To Kill a Kingdom or Let’s Talk About Love! 😁
What I Liked:
- WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN?
- This book is possibly both the greatest and most devastating thing I’ve ever read.
- Seriously, this book will rip your heart out repeatedly. 😭
- But in a good way…? 🤔
Okay. Deep breath. Let’s do this…
Much like Illuminae and Gemina, this book is fast-paced and intense to the extreme. This time around, there’s no Phobos virus or hungry lamina. Our main characters — Kady, Ezra, Hanna, Nik, Ella, and AIDAN — are on their way back to Kerenza IV, which has become a devastating war zone. It’s a race against the clock, because BeiTech has nearly completed repairs on Mobile Jump Platform Magellan, which will allow them to jump to a Core system… and eliminate the remaining “nonessentials” on Kerenza IV.
More so than the previous books in this series, Obsidio is about war. After the attack on Kerenza IV, thousands and thousands of colonists were murdered. We see one of the mass graves. We see families ripped apart, hoping against hope to survive and be reunited. We see others, with nothing left to lose, die in an effort to aid the growing rebellion. We see soldiers do terrible things in the name of “orders.” Some of these incidents feel as if they’re seared into my brain. I think it’s important that we see these things, and that we remember them and carry them with us. One of the most powerful — and heart-wrenching — things about this book is that it feels so real. Because, it many ways, it is.
Every single character has an important role to play in this book, and we see each of them struggle with and ultimately overcome their apprehension, their fear, and their heartache. Everyone has lost something, or someone. In some cases, everything. And everyone is ready to risk it all for one last shot at making it out alive — and making sure that BeiTech suffers the consequences for their actions. The character development in this series is phenomenal, and it speaks volumes when one of the most complex, fascinating, and morally-questionable characters is an AI system that, as it frequently says, is “not what [it] once was.”
I feel like I could write so much more about this book, and this series as a whole. These have quickly become some of my all-time favorite books, for many, many reasons. ❤️ They tell an incredible story, the writing is simply fantastic, the format is compulsively readable and unique, and it’s just… Wow. Just wow. Seriously, give these books a shot. I know the presentation can seem intimidating or strange, or maybe it’s just not your thing. If that’s the case, definitely try the audiobooks, because I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about them!
What I Disliked: THIS BOOK IS SO FREAKING STRESSFUL. 😱 But, again, totally worth it. So really, nothing. It was perfection. All the stars, forever and ever. ✨
Other Books in This Series:
Other Books by Amie Kaufman:
Elementals: Ice Wolves
Unearthed (co-written with Meagan Spooner)
These Broken Stars
This Shattered World
Their Fractured Light
Other Books by Jay Kristoff: