Review: OBSIDIO by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Welcome to the blog tour for Obsidio! Today is the day – the final book in the Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Check out our review and enter to win a copy of your own:


When I picked up an advanced copy of Illuminae at BookExpo America in 2015, I never in a million years expected to fall in love with this sci-fi novel, and then series. Instead, I fell head-over-heels for this incredible series. Told through a non-traditional format of transcripts, emails, instant messaging, artificial intelligence, and more, the first two books in the Illuminae Files trilogy were impeccably plotted and had me turning the pages as fast as I could. I’m glad to say that Obsidio does not disappoint as the series finale.

Obsidio picks up right where Gemina ends, with Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik not yet recovered from the events of book two. But of course, they don’t get to rest just yet, and Obsidio starts off at a fast pace. But along with the familiar characters from the previous books (at least, those that have made it this far…), we meet two new main characters: Asha Grant (Kady’s cousin, still alive on their invaded planet) and Rhys Lindstrom (Asha’s ex, currently working for the people trying to kill everyone). It’s a large cast of characters but Kaufman and Kristoff incorporate the new and the old seamlessly.

Fan favorite AIDAN is back too, and he (it?) has some tricks up their metaphorical sleeves. Let’s just say, it might not be smart to trust him just yet…

Once again, Kaufman and Kristoff have plotted a story that will keep you on your toes. Between the fast pace, intense plot, and creative format, this 600+ page book flew by. I wanted to savor the story but I just couldn’t help continuing on – I loved the new characters (both the main ones and the side characters) and wanted to know how all of the ends got tied up in this crazy, dangerous, action-packed sci-fi story. Thanks to evil geniuses, Amie and Jay, Obsidio keeps you guessing. The twists! The turns! The reunions! The betrayal!

Obsidio is a heartbreakingly satisfying end to the Illuminae Files trilogy. I cannot recommend this series enough, and I can’t wait to see what Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff do next.


Rating: 10/10

About the book:

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.

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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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3 winners will receive a finished copy of OBSIDIO, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:


Week One:

3/1/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Review

3/2/2018- YA Bibliophile– Review


Week Two:

3/5/2018- Mary Had a Little Book Blog– Review

3/6/2018- BookHounds YA– Review

3/7/2018- Novel Novice– Review

3/8/2018- Adventures of a Book Junkie– Review

3/9/2018- Feed Your Fiction Addiction– Review


Week Three:

3/12/2018- Fiction Fare– Review

3/13/2018- The Young Folks– Review

3/14/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

3/15/2018- The Book Nut– Review

3/16/2018- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Review

Week Four:

3/19/2018- StuckInBooks– Review

3/20/2018- PaperTrailYA– Review

3/21/2018- Nerdophiles– Review

3/22/2018- Owl Always Be Reading– Review

3/23/2018- YA Books Central– Excerpt


Week Five:

3/26/2018- The Eater of Books!– Review

3/27/2018- Page Turners Blog– Review

3/28/2018- Book Briefs– Review

3/29/2018- Emily Reads Everything– Review

3/30/2018- Mundie Moms– Review


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