Obsidio

Obsidio

eBook - 2018
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Kady, Ezra, Hanna, Nik, and 2,000 other refugees must return by container ship to Kerenza, where they meet Rhys, once close to Kady's cousin, Asha, and now their enemy.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553499216
0553499211
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Kristoff, Jay
Lu, Marie 1984-

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PimaLib_ChristineR May 28, 2019

The finale of the Illuminae Files! May contain spoilers for The Illuminae Files and Gemina. You don't have to, but I highly recommend reading these in order.

Picture the Star Wars screen crawl as I catch us up. The illegal mining operation on Kerenza IV has been co-opted with extreme prejudice by the BeiTech corporation. Our first book followed Kady and Ezra as they escaped on the Hypatia, headed for the Heimdall wormhole in an effort to get back to the center of the system. Book two, Gemina was the action aboard the Heimdall as another BeiTech crew tried to take over the wormhole to prevent anyone from Kerenza getting out and allowing their own teams through. They were thwarted by the team of Hannah, Nik and his cousin Ella. In Obsidio we meet up with our erstwhile heroes, as they meet up outside the remains of the Heimdall wormhole. The only way forward is back, as they use the Mao to return to Kerenza, much more quickly, to hijack the Magellan, a mobile wormhole platform. Meanwhile on Kerenza, many of the survivors are part of a resistance. Lo and behold, that includes Kady's cousin Asha and her boyfriend Rhys.

Here's my reactions to the books. First book: holy moly! This was the most creative idea and presentation in science-fiction I've read in years. Second book: Cool. Used the same characters with new names but I guess the setup is different...enough. This book: okay, I guess I want to see how it ends.

The amazing graphics weren't used nearly as effectively, in part because there wasn't a good way to use them here, so we get sign-size letters on a couple of pages that weren't necessary. Also, we're on round three of successful white hetero romance (okay, maybe Asha has tan skin, yippie). There is some representation thrown in, but it's not any of our main characters. And evidently only tough chicks in the army who act like men are allowed to sleep with other women. In fact, they all know each other! >_> Also, if you're in a wheelchair, you can be cool, but you're happy with someone just acknowledging your existence. That's all you need in life. I wish they had let the romance angle go unless they were willing to make it more than two-dimensional. </rant>

So, the series is cool. I like some of the ideas they tackle. If someone or something has to make the tough decisions we can't, is it wrong? Great job covering multiple sides of soldier mentality and the dehumanization of war. And in fact, I sound much angrier here than I felt as I read the book, because despite its issues, Obsidio as a stand-alone is still a unique and refreshing take on the traditional sci-fi novel. If you've read this far, it's worth finding out the ending and you'll probably like it!

DPLaprilteenservices Apr 19, 2018

Phew...not just a fantastic conclusion to the Illuminae Files trilogy, but also filled with heavy (and bloody) content about the nature of war and occupation. And yes, everyone's favorite psycho AI is back to see how he can... "help." Unputdownable.

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jac523
Apr 09, 2018

A stellar conclusion to the collaboration between Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. While this creative, metafictional take on a sci-fi adventure story might not appeal to everyone, it sure was entertaining to this reader.

LoganLib_Kirra Apr 02, 2018

Obsidio is the epic finale to The Illuminae Files series from the fantastic Australian writing duo. The action hits harder than ever before and every time a certain crazed character had the spotlight I had unshakeable chills down my spine. This is one of the best book series with a great story and a unique formatting with incredible illustrations that will have a special place with my favourites on the bookshelf forever.

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NedSu
Mar 20, 2018

This is a satisfying end? to the trilogy of the Illuminae series. The storylines of the first books coalesce, making it a bit confusing if you are reading the series months apart like I did. But soon enough the adventurerers in the first two books are sorted out.

The plot moves at breakneck speed once the story is set; turning the multi format 615 pages can cause wrist injuries if not careful. The disparate characters live and die with heroism at its core. A fine YA novel.

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