Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)

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 (from Goodreads). 

I still remember reading Illuminae, and being so excited that the hype of a book hadn't been unfounded, like it is for so many books these days. I fell in love with the world and the characters instantly. The same happened with Gemina - the world just kept building. Obsidio, as the last in a wonderful series, therefore had a lot to deliver, and I'm so relieved to hear it succeeded. Some brief spoilers ahead. 

Our new characters introduced into the fray are Asha, Kady's cousin, and Rhys, her ex-boyfriend and the reason she came to Kerenza in the first place. Though I didn't bond with either of them the same way I did on the introduction of Ezra and Kady, or Hanna and Nik, they made sense for the story. They both had their own character arcs, and grew from their past experiences and mistakes. They just unfortunately felt like nothing new, and I wanted something really fresh if we were going to have another romance intricate to the book. But I didn't hate them, so it wasn't really a problem for me. 

Hanna and Nik's story arc remained the most interesting, as both of them have changed so much in such a short period of time, Hanna the most. She has lost everything she knew, the safety of her privileged life. Though she is a badass, there is still an adjustment period for her to mourn her father, her understanding of the world. So much has changed, and I'm glad a romance with Nik wasn't immediately jumped into despite them becoming so close in the last book. They both are still getting over what happened, and it's not their main priority right now to be together. It felt realistic, and though I did want them both to be happy, it made sense to slowly approach the obstacles they face. 

Kady and Ezra have found a level ground for their own relationship, so it does take a slight backseat for this book. Their romance isn't their focus in this book - saving the thousands under their care is. Of all the main characters, they've had the longest to adjust to this new situation they're all found themselves in, and they're the ones who are the most prepared for the fight. They've already grown from their experiences, but are continuing to develop into the leaders their people need. 

And AIDAN is back, and as terrifyingly pragmatic as ever. He should not be trusted, ever, and I enjoy that about him. He is without doubt my favourite character, as could be guessed by my other reviews of this series. His strange attachment to Kady is very endearing, but also kind of creepy. Their scenes have so much heart to them, which is very difficult to do as he is an AI system, and their interactions near the end of the book did bring me to tears. 

The actual ending of the book was a little bit of a let down, I will have to admit. It's not like I wanted anyone to die, but it felt strange that everyone survived basically without a scratch. Each of the books built on the idea of loss and growth from grief, and then to not actually show war does have consequences, that people you love can be affected, just seemed a little empty. For all our main characters to get a happy ever after, having won their case and moving on to normal lives, just didn't fee like the right ending, but I have no idea what would have been. 

I enjoyed my journey though this series, and will be keeping an eye out for more from these authors. I have already dived into Jay Kristoff's Nevernight Chronicles and will keep an eye out for Amie Kaufman's future books. The presentation and style of these books will be something I will miss greatly, and so I hope more authors dare to tell a story in a slightly different way. 

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