Series: The Illuminae Files #3
Published by Allen & Unwin on March 14, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: My copy
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[REDACTED] 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.
Obsidio is the third and final book in the Illuminae Files series, and yes, I’ve waited way too long to read it, considering it came out back in March and I attended the launch! This review is spoiler-free for the entire series.
If you haven’t heard of this series before, it’s made of of three parts detailing different events that take place in and around a mining colony planet in deep space. Don’t be put off by the hefty size of this series – the story is told through transcripts, chat logs and graphical extras, so there’s a lot of white space and doesn’t take as long as you might think to read.
The series is full of kick-arse teens and young adults, grey moral areas, a slightly unhinged AI, and plenty of feels. Yes, if this book doesn’t rip out your heart, stomp on it a few times, then shove it back in, then you must have been already floating, dead, in the cold black. Okay, that analogy didn’t really work out, but if you like the idea of feelings in spaaaace, then get on this.
All of my favourite characters are here from previous books, and they all come together in a glorious and fittingly epic showdown. This book, and this series, is definitely up there with my favourites.
If you’ve been listening to our podcast at all you might remember that Philippa has been listening to the audiobooks of this series, and says the full-cast recordings are excellent and well worth a listen.