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I BINGED THE ILLUMINAE FILES SERIES // obsidio (book three): my emotions exploded just like this book

Hi hello, welcome to my review I mean keyboard smash of the final book in the Illuminae Files series that I devoured back in March.

I did a little thing when I figured out my series review was like over 3k words and have divided them into separate reviews. More content for you yay!! So the other posts are LIVE if you missed those (as I posted them one after the other).

Click on over to those if you’re keen!!



Obsidio was a ROLLERCOASTER and ajakshsgya

Told you these reviews would be a keyboard smash welp. Lets’ just get this over with.

Title: Obsidio
Series: The Illuminae Files #3
Author: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Page count: 615
Date published: 13 March 2018
Genre: Young Adult science fiction


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.

STAR RATING (5 out of 5 stars):


This book was its own form of torture and I am currently deceased. Still, like 7 months later!!! Welp!!!

I honestly did not survive that book. MY ANXIETY DID NOT SURVIVE. This bish almost had a literal PANIC ATTACK at this one part. If you know YOU KNOW!!

How do you even talk about this book without spoiling literally everything?!

Okay, so this book feels most out of place of the three of them, which is probably why a lot of people don’t like it. It’s really just because the ‘format’ of this one is different from books 1 and 2, in the sense that we follow all the characters we’ve previously met AND another set of characters.

me @ the first page: shOoKeTh to the core.

Literally though, LIKE WHAT AN OPENING?!?!

But then we jump into some other random character chats and I’m like HOLD UP STOP DOING THIS TO ME. I just want more interactions with my other faves. Relieved that we did but STILL. I eventually got the hang of it still lowkey wanted Rhys & Asha’s parts to be over

Oh and THE ACTION SCENES!! SO GOOD!! They’re always good and make my brain explode. I don’t understand half of what’s happening but we still appreciate the epic-ness!!

  • Kataya: she’s a little girl that Asha looks after in the hospitable and just the sweetest thing ever *smushes with hugs*
  • Rhys Lindstrom: hmm this guy, he’s obviously not my favourite of the guys. He’s fine?? Not much too him, unfortunately.
  • Asha Grant: I really loved Kady’s cousin, but I did find her a bit whiny at times?? I still liked her character and how she was so protective of Kataya but yeah I wasn’t as connected to these characters as the rest.
  • Aidan: welp we still have mixed feelings gahhh
  • Winifred McCall: I loved the captain so much (she was the captain right, she was something okay) and I loved her swearing soo much!! Great, we loved her!!
  • Ella Malikov: this girl still slays and I ADORE HER!! GIVE ME MORE BANTER WITH NIK AND KADY!! LOOOOVEEEE HER!!!
  • Hanna Donelly: I feel like she wasn’t in the book A LOT like she was still a large presence, especially towards the end but not at the beginning. But this girl still is awesome and trying to deal with all this trauma. She’s so strong and an I-C-O-N!
  • Nik Malikov: we!! love!! him!! CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!!! Nik is still the sass pants we love and I connected to him so much in this book. The feisty smol gangster whom we all love.
  • Ezra Mason: still my fave, I adore this man SO!! MUCH!! Ya’ll can obsess over Nik (i also do) but Ezra is just my favourite. He’s just the best and I’m… trash
  • Kady Grant: this girl continues to save the day and WOW SHE’S JUST THE MOST AMAZING BADASS!! DESERVES MORE CREDIT TBH!! I wish I could be as cool as Kady freaking Grant. I’m also her #1 stan behind Ezra ha!!

*searches brain to try and remember specific plot points to talk about*


We also just need to point out how many Isaac Grant would say LANGUAGE I WAS DYING!! So funny omgggg!!!

Also need to obsess over Ezra’s nickname by none other than Nik: BABYFACE. Like WOW, ICONIC. Speaking of these two I DIED when I found out they were forming a lil team. LIKE HECK YES!! Everything I ever wanted and more. My life is complete. The best cinnamon rolls working together?!?! Still not over this. Okay, fangirling over. Not really

And the Kady-Hanna-Ella trio also GAVE ME LIFE. I can’t get over how brilliant they are. My life was truly made.

There’s A LOT of surveillance footage in this book. And then also chats Asha had with the other rebels (?) was interesting but as I said I did just want to skip to other parts. Not that it was bad, I was just more interested in the characters we’d already met.

I love the footage when I knew Nik was narrating because YES!!! He was the actual best!! I loved SPIDER-MONKEY!!


I had a miniature heart attack when Kataya was shot DUDE STOP!

And Nik and Hanna’s discussion in the Betty was so sad and I just really love these lovesick idiots.


I’ve mentioned this but when Nik and Ezra’s shuttle explodes I LOST MY DAMN MIND OH HECK!! I still have not survived that haunting experience. Like here’s the thing, I KNEW Nik’s parachute would be of some help BUT I was like no, would they really bring them back to life again??!! And then also the two of them were not in the beginning sequence and I AM DECEASED. Thank GOD they survived. I sure didn’t.

Yeah, this discussion is NOT over. Like howwww??? Whyyyyy??? My grave was dug that day.

And that whole showdown with Kady and Hanna and McCall!!! Hanna literally also “died” too right?!?!? KILL ME, MURDER ME!! And when the two found out about Ezra and Nik LITERALLY I DIED. How many times did this book kill me? 615 times is how many!!

Oh and THE ACTION SCENES!! SO GOOD!! They’re always good and make my brain explode. I don’t understand half of what’s happening but we still appreciate the epic-ness!!

And then… the ending. This bish was still having a panic attack. Losing her mind. Internally screaming. #funtimes

The end scene at the diner though? P-E-R-F-E-C-T-I-O-N!! I just love them all so much. I love the group banter. And just ALL OF IT!!! Somebody murder me. Wait the book already did. Welp so much for that.

My life is still over. What else can you even say?

Watch me go reread like a million times.

“Live a life worth dying for.” – Kady Grant

“It is entirely possible to be alone in a crowded room.  Your solitude only compounded by the faces around you.  The presence of others serving only to remind you of how lonely you truly are.”

“Good luck, everyone.
Good luck to us all.
And may we meet again on distant shores.
Some place fine and far from here.”

“They look at one another again. And this time, they smile. These seven little pebbles who started an avalanche heard all the way around the universe.”

“Nik, are you still wearing that ****ing parachute?”
“You know you’re going to be flying in space, right…?”

“Kady Grant,” supplies Grant Jr. “Child prodigy and occasional criminal.”

“A billion light-years from here, back when nothing and no one else mattered to them. When they were each other’s everything. And he pulls her close and her mouth finds his, her fingers running through his hair as she kisses him like he’s the only thing she can remember in all the universe. As if they’re kissing for the very first and very last time.”

“Oh Captain, my Captain

Am I not merciful?” – Aidan


Here’s the end of this review. Just like this series ended me. And how the book ended. Just like that.

Also, I do really need to read Aurora Rising sometime. I’ve heard mixed reviews BUT like a ragtag group of space misfits? Sign me up!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this lil series of reviews. Let’s hope I don’t take this long again. Emphasis on the word hope.









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