Show-Stopping Actions & Feelings // Obsidio: The Illuminae Files #3 Review

Let’s start this review with a round of applause. Obsidio was a show-stopping ending to an incredible series. It’s hard to actually write a review because then you have to admit the series is over. And I just wanted it to keep going on for forever.

If you haven’t read Illuminae or Gemina – STOP. Go to your local library and pick them up. Yes, they’re 600 pages. But not really? Because the Illuminae Files are written like military records, so some of the pages are illustrations, or graphs, or just pictures. So it’s not 600 pages of straight words. Much easier to read.

Don’t read my review for Obsidio until you’ve read the first two books, because, spoilers. Not too major, though. So, proceed at your own risk.

If you have read the first two, WELCOME. Let’s talk!

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.

When I first read Illuminae, I was skeptical of space and all the science fiction genres. But by the time I was finished, I was eager for Gemina. And I couldn’t get my hands on Obsidio fast enough. Still not sure if I’ll like other science fiction, but this series is one of my all time favorites.

Each book, Amie and Jay introduce another set of characters. I’m always worried I won’t love them as much as the first set. And of course, I am wrong. Completely wrong.

Me, being wrong about worrying that great authors are going to disappoint. 

The characters tie together so well. It’s a story of epic proportions but constantly reminding us, It’s a small world, after all.

I became super attached to Asha and Rhys, our new characters. (Does Asha Grant sound familiar? Because SHE SHOULD!)

Asha is stuck on Kerenza, forced into working for the occupying BieTech forces. Asha works under the radar for the rebellion, while keeping a job at the infirmary. I’m instantly hooked by Asha’s character. She’s not sure if she’s going to survive – the BieTech forces are murdering the civilian population. As in mass graves of innocent people. Yeah, BeiTech is evil. Always evil.

Asha is just trying to survive, and keep her friends alive, when her ex shows up. Rhys Lindstrom, who after being booted into military school joined up with BeiTech forces. Classic ex-boyfriend move.

Should we hate him? He’s working for BeiTech…, of course!

Asha hates him, too. So that settles that question. Also, I’m sure this is actual footage of Asha glaring at Rhys. 

Of course, nothing is settled that easily. Asha needs Rhys to help take down BeiTech. So, get rid of the epic glare?

Nope!!! Hehehe…

What I absolutely love about Asha is she isn’t willing to toy with her ex-boyfriend. She, rightfully, hates him for working for BeiTech. She’s not going to pretend to suddenly like him just to get information. Instead, Asha works to knock Rhys over the head and shake him out of his blind allegiance. Let me whack him in the head, too, please.

That’s all I’m going to say about Rhys, because SPOILERS. But let’s just say epic plot twists with that boy.

There’s also several fantastic side characters. BeiTech forces & UTA characters, Kerenza’s rebels, and the regular refugee.

A few of my favorites

Lieutenant Oshiro is a compelling character and I wanted her to make the right choice. Her backstory with her famous father, and her seeming unwavering loyalty.

I could spend a few days arguing about the ethics in Obsidio. It’s just incredible how intricately grey these books are. Characters deciding what is right in the whole mess of war. Basically asking: Who lives, who dies, who tells your stooorrrryyyy*

Isaac Grant – Kady’s dad. I was so happy to see him alive in Gemina, and I love his voice throughout Obsidio.

Joran Karalis – The rebel head on Kerenza. He’s super clever, and I love the bulletin board secret messages.

Finally, AIDAN. I should be officially terrified of artificial intelligence after finishing the Illuminae Files.  Aidan is at times completely horrifying, and other times, lovable? How does this work? I DON’T KNOW

I am so impressed that the characters in each book matter so much to the entire story. The cast grows larger with each installment, but the characters maintain their individuality. You literally can’t get them mixed up.

*more applause*

After reading all three books, I’ve kind of decided that Hanna Donnelly is my favorite. It’s a hard choice between Kady and Hanna, but I love Hanna’s emotional growth. Also, military genius and plotter extraordinare is just adorable.

Though, Ezra Mason will always be my favorite guy. HE’s just so adorable and his interactions with Kady are priceless.

*If you’re thinking, what? she put a Hamilton reference in a post about the Illuminae Files? Well, this gif’s for you.

Obsidio is obviously the third in a pretty epic, twisting series. I was terrified of some of my favorite characters dying. Because lots of people are dying. And I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t say anything more.

The plot breaks down into a cacophony of actions. And doesn’t repeat the same plot devices from the first two books. WOW. Call me impressed.

Mutiny. Yes, we’re fighting an evil company but we aren’t happy because we’re mad about not being in charge. Ok, sounds like a good idea to throw a temper tantrum in the middle of a war. NOT

Rebellions if evil company bombs your planet, starts killing off “unnecessary civilians” and orders you to slave away, well, let’s just say, I would definitely join a rebellion

AIDAN going wacko? In-between all the action happening around the space ship and planets, AIDAN is taking over. Doing it’s own thing. Which is probably absolutely not good news for everyone else. 

Emotions – I love the reality of the character’s emotional growth. Hanna is recovering from her dad’s death, she definitely has some PTSD, I think. This affects her relationship with Nik, which is completely realistic.

I also fell in love with Asha. I don’t know how if I would keep on fighting, even when help looks impossible. She doesn’t know that anyone she loves is still alive, or that she or anyone else will make it off Kerenza. But she still stubbornly refuses to give up.

Jay and Amie weave this beautiful picture of hope and despair, and I simply love it all.

Also, many, many tears.

“Live a life worth dying for”

Obsidio might be my favorite read of 2018, at least so far. I’m so happy I discovered the Illuminae Files this year, and actually read the entire series. Even though I didn’t trust science fiction, and the sheer size of each book was kind of intimidating.

I read Obsidio the week it was released, but it’s taken me a while to write a worthwhile review. Instead of me just screaming, AGHAGHAGHAGHAGH, because it is THAT good.

And I read Children of Blood and Bone the same week as Obsidio? Will I write a review for that incredible book, too? It’s a mystery…we’ll see….

lets chat

Have you read the Illuminae Files? LET’S TALK… tell me what you think! Which book is your favorite in the series? Do you have a favorite character? What about Ella, why is she left all alone? (Do you think she gets shuffled to the side?)

Ok, if you haven’t read the Illuminae Files, tell me about your favorite science-fiction books!


P. S. Because Disqus has been having lots of problems lately, I switched back to WordPress. But Disqus refused to backup my comments, even thought I TOLD IT TO. Apparently, I’ve now lost all the lovely comments on a lot of my posts. *cries*



  1. emmareadstoomuch
    April 17, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    i think this was my favorite book of the whole series!! it was so fun 😮 great review!

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