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.
I’m really not sure of my rating on this. Was I just in the wrong mindset to read this book? Because that happens sometimes. I just wasn’t as sucked into Obsidio as I remember being with Illuminae and Gemina. Is that me? Is that the book? I don’t know. That being said, it wasn’t a bad book! There were a lot of things I really liked, and, by the third act, I was flipping pages, and I would love to see this adapted for the screen. But…
My issues were as follows:
1. I didn’t feel like the stakes were ever really there. I’m going to go into some vague spoilers for the previous two books, so if you haven’t read those, maybe do that. Anyway, my issue was that, in both previous books, there has been some twist where it looks like a major character died, and then at the very end of the book, it’s revealed that didn’t actually happen. In the first book, I was shooketh , in the second book I was skeptical, and, so, any time that any major character in the third book was in danger, I was just so sure that they would get out of it that I didn’t care. Whoops. The blurb said hearts would be broken, and… uh… no. (I know, I’m weird, but I want final installments to break me.)
2. It took me a while for this book to suck me in. I remember reading Illuminae way back in 2015 (oh my God, it’s been so long) and being a little apprehensive about the formatting, but ten pages in, and I was completely transported. I don’t know if it’s changing tastes or my mood, but there were a lot of times when I felt like I was forcing myself to get through this book, especially towards the beginning, and I did sometimes find the formatting a bit annoying. (Especially the way some of the messages were formatted. It was just little things like replacing you with u or see with c, but it just felt dated and pulled me out of the story.
3. Also, because of the formatting, I sometimes felt a little removed from the characters. And I don’t think that changed from the previous books, but I was so swept away by the plot that it was easier for me to ignore that.
But there were also things that I liked!
1. It can be very visual. There are a lot of times when I want to see this. Give me a summer popcorn flick! Give me a big-budget TV show! I can just see things in my head and I want them to be on a screen.
2. AIDAN. I love the whole murderous-AI thing, but I also feel <>he’s easily the most complex and nuanced character in the entire series. He’s no longer just a series of algorithms, he’s a conscious being still coming to terms with what that means. He’s not fully logical anymore, but there’s still a part of him that’s more machine, which lets him make terrible, necessary choices.
3. Around the halfway point, I finally did get into the book, and was interested in knowing what happened next. When the action was going down, it was a lot of fun, and I did not guess most of the Obsidio plan. Also, AIDAN playing God makes me want to cheer.
4. It was a satisfying conclusion to the series. Sometimes final installments just make me wish for just a little more, but Obsidio definitely did not do that. At the end of the book, I felt satisfied.
Maybe I’ll come back to this book and wonder why I ever rated this three stars, especially because everyone else seems to be raving about this. But, for now, I’ll say that there are some issues with it, especially the beginning, although it was still did a good job of wrapping this series up, the action, when I eventually got into it, was very entertaining, and AIDAN IS A TREASURE, OKAY? AND I WANT TO GIVE HIM A SPIN OFF.