Series: The Illuminae Files, #3
Also in this series: Illuminae
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 13th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: Blog Tour, The Publisher
My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing shown---some talk of sex and it's implied in a few places, Some violence)
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.
Official Captain of Reviews Nicole M. Hewitt
Date: 03/09/2018 (four days pre-release)
Timestamp: 06:30 CT
All contents herein are top-secret, CLASSIFIED. Read this review at your own risk. Please disregard any sections with a
strikethrough. Any inappropriate language will be blacked out. (In real life, I don’t generally swear, but let’s pretend. In my head, as I’m writing this, I’m probably just saying wimpy words like frickin’, but you can imagine they’re whatever you want.)
I swear to you that this series has just gotten better and better, and this finale is ing FANTABULOUS!! If you’ve been a fan of the series up till this point, you will not be disappointed. If you’ve been holding off on starting it
because you wanted to see how the series would hold up, it’s definitely time to jump in and start reading.
The unique formatting of these books just ing fascinates me. I especially love the pages with the text written in crazy designs that keep you guessing. Plus. Marie Liu’s illustrations are fantastic. And this book has the added Easter egg element of searching for familiar names because of the pre-order campaign.
Sadly, I didn’t find my own name anywhere, but it was fun to recognize some others! Keep an eye out for some familiar author names, for instance. It’s just a fun little added bonus.
Yeah, yeah, Nicole. Get to the meat of the review. What about the story? Well, I’ll confess that it took me a little while at first to remember who was who and what had already happened in the series. But once I got past that little hump, I was ing enthralled. If you read my review of Illuminae, you’ll remember that I felt a little detached from the narrators because of the formatting. I found that issue was mostly solved (at least for me) in Gemina. In this book, it was NO problem at all.
Trust me, I was emotionally invested.
Hopefully there is no video evidence of me sitting in bed, sobbing over this book. I’m sure it wasn’t pretty. I cried more than once. The book makes you laugh and cry, but even better, it makes you think. There are SO many repercussions each time a hard decision is made. Oh, AIDEN, you are the most wonderful, glorious, horrible philosophical monster in the world.
I loved that this finale brought back all of our favorite characters from the first two books, and also introduced us to some newbies. In short, the book was something close to perfection. Go. Read it.
***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the publisher via Rockstar Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given
(unless you count the joy I got from reading it) and all opinions are my own.***
Meet Amie & Jay on Tour!
About the Authors
Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.
She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.
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Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy. Part 3, ENDSINGER, is out now. He’s also co-author of the upcoming ILLUMINAE (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi… thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015, and NEVERNIGHT, the first part of a new fantasy trilogy kicking off in 2016.
Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13380 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.
He does not believe in happy endings.
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Haha, this review is great. I’m glad you liked Obsidio. I can’t wait to read it, but I probably have to reread the first two before I start. I don’t remember everything that happened.
It probably would have been better if I’d done a reread of the first two. But I still loved it!
Ah I am so excited for this one!! Also glad you loved it!!
What a fun review! Very clever. I loved Illuminae and Gemina. So excited to read Obsidio. They are a great writing team.
Glad you enjoyed it! This was a fun review to write!
I can not wait to read this! I loved the first two books and been anxious for more. I just love how the stories are presented:)
I agree that the formatting is just so incredibly unique and that’s what makes them great!
Your review is so awesome. I love that you mimicked the book (and you did it well). I am over the moon excited about this book. Who knew a scifi-ish series would win my heart.
This was a really fun review to write!!
I absolutely love this review!!!! Seriously….it may be my favorite review ever! I so wish I could go to Anderson’s next Friday, but alas it is not in the cards for me at this point in time (although you never know what could happen). I soooooooo hope I win this book!!!!!
I’m definitely going next Friday! If you manage to make it, let me know!! (If you do it on Twitter, I should see it.)
OH my god! I can’t wait for this book. Those shots you made of the pages are SO beautiful omg. I NEEEED my copy to arrive immediately.
It won’t be long now…
Ahh I love the way this series looks, I haven’t read it but I have to ASAP!
Yes! You should definitely read them!
This is such a great review! I can’t wait to read this final book of the series! I still haven’t read Gemina, but I’m super excited to get Obsidio!
Now you can read them both in a row—much better that way, anyhow.
Book 1 in this series blew my mind! I was amazing. I can’t wait to devour books 2 and 3.
If you loved the first, I think you’ll be very happy with the next two!!
I think it’s great when you love a series so much that book 3 is still 5-star! I do remember you mentioning that you weren’t too sure about the format of Illuminae but yay for getting that issue out of the way with Gemina! I remember putting aside Illuminae too because of the format. But I’m definitely going back to it. Especially after all your reviews 🙂
In the first book, I felt a little distanced from the characters because of the formatting, but I thought that got better and better as the series went on.
Illuminae brought me out of a big reading slump and I’ve been recommending it since! Gemina was just as amazing so I am really looking forward to Obsidio!
If you loved the first two, I don’t see how you can possibly be disappointed in this one!
I still need to read the first two books but I am so happy to see 5 Stars AND I peaked at your last paragraph in your review! I love that old characters were brought into the final book and that you loved it so much! I’m definitely looking forward to binge reading this series!!
I hope you love the whole series!
Oh I LOVE how you wrote this review ahah, you did it so well! I’m glad you enjoyed Obsidio so much – I can’t wait to read it. I was so nervous about not enjoying this series, at first, since sci-fi isn’t my usual genre, but I really liked it and I can’t wait to see how it all ends! 🙂 x
This was SO much fun to write!!
I’m so excited for this next chapter!
You should be—it was awesome!!
I’m reading the first book now. So far so good. I can’t wait to see what happens throughout all three books!
Hope you love them!
I finished all three and I have to say I was skeptical at first with the presentation, but I loved these books. The characters are awesome, the story is great and the way the story moves with the words on the pages is so fun. One of the best series I have read in a long time.
It took me a little time to warm up to it at first too, but I ended up loving the series! So glad you felt the same!
I haven’t read the first two books yet and the hype on this series makes me want to read it too! I don’t know how I was able to put this series aside, but now it’s definitely going to be a part of my tbr pile.
I hope you end up reading the whole series!
I haven’t read this series, but I’m glad to hear it ended so well! I’ve heard it’s got some cool formatting and stuff, but I’ve never seen the inside of any of the books, so I like that you shared some photos 🙂
I couldn’t help but share a few pictures—it’s one of the best things about the book!