Obsidio was OUT OF THIS WORLD!

obsidioI don’t get that many new books- but I simply *had to* have this one. I mean, you guys know how much I adored Illuminae and Gemina (although I know a fair number of you are new here- in which case welcome! And just to get you up to date at the speed of light: hi, I’m the Orangutan Librarian and I *love* these books!). I mean what’s not to love about a space adventure told in a “found files” kind of way?

I will admit that every time I start one of these books, I do have some trouble getting into the format. Don’t get me wrong- I think it’s phenomenally unique and different- only that sort of thing is always a double edged sword for me, because it takes a while to get used to. That said, each book has been inventive in its own way and I always end up completely immersed in the experience.

More importantly, as a conclusion this was devastatingly emotional. Unlike the first two, there wasn’t the entire universe on the line, but in a way that made it more poignant. Instead of floating around in the vast hypothetical territory of the previous books, this was more grounded and focused on individuals. While it was action packed and explosive like its predecessors, what gave me goosebumps was feeling closer to the people whose lives were on the line.

All the characters felt so real to me- I was on-the-edge-of-my-seat terrified of what might happen to them. The cast was expanded here, which meant we had less time to spend with some of the favourites we’d met in the last two books. But never fear- everyone still got space to breathe and the finale they deserved! Plus, I found the new characters added to the plot in a significant way and were a sympathetic link to the drama going down.

And boy was there drama! The *evil corporation* was upto no good and there was mischief a-foot closer to home as well. Speaking of which, spoilers for the first two books, who knew a murderous AI could be so hysterical?

Overall, this was an entertaining and gripping series- and the only reason it’s not getting a full feast of bananas is cos I’m nitpicky about how long it took to get into it and one grammatical question mark.

Rating: 4½/5 bananas

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So have you read this series? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

50 thoughts on “Obsidio was OUT OF THIS WORLD!

  1. YES. I absolutely ADORE this series! I don’t own many physical books, but I own all three of these in hardcover. They are amazing. Personally, I don’t find the format challenging to get into. I find it incredibly immersive. Sometimes when new formats are introduced, like the message board on Kerenza, I struggle to interpret it right away. But I like how jarring that can be.
    The ending TOTALLY devastated me. But without spoilers… I felt like some of the emotional aspects were cheapened. Not the ones I could predict, but the ones which left me ugly crying. I know this is YA. But come ON.

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    1. Ah I’m glad!! I also own all of them (in paperback though- still awesome 😉 ) And that’s fair- I don’t know why but it took me a bit for each of them. But once I’m into it I also found it really immersive and liked the parts where I had to figure out what was going on.
      Ah yeah I can understand that (trying to not do spoilers lol) it felt like it was very YA (and I could see people going either way in how much they liked it)

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  2. I haven’t read any of these books yet but heard great things about them. Glad they didn’t disappoint you! They will definitely make my TBR list, great review! 😊

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  3. Great review for this book, and I’m so glad you loved Obsidio as well. I love the point you made about how in this one there wasn’t the whole universe at stake here, just the small corner of it Kerenza seems to be, but that didn’t make it any less tense of edge-of-the-seat gripping.
    Also yes I LOVED AIDAN in this book, and in the other two as well. Definitely a favourite character of mine. 😀
    Again great review. 🙂 ❤

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  4. Ooh, I’m so intrigued! I rarely find series that ends in a conclusive or even remotely satisfying way, so to hear it’s “devastatingly emotional” makes me very happy; I really need some guaranteed reads for reading slumps, so I’ll be adding this to the list. 😉 Terrific review!

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  5. I love that you found a grammatical question mark! I love when I find one too! Fab review of this! I am pretty certain the first one in the series is languishing on my Kindle…need to remedy that and get with it! 😊

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  6. I’ve not heard of this series before but I’m now intrigued enough to check it out – so thanks for the the review 🙂

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  7. I haven’t read this series!! If I’m being honest, I’m not entirely sure exactly what it’s about, even after having read the synopsis on Goodreads multiple times 😅 been hearing the absolute best things about it though, and I read some other thoughts that also said the format was a little overwhelming but I guess it’s manageable if so many people love it 😱

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  8. This trilogy is on my list since I read your review for Illuminae! Now that I got my library card it makes it that much easier to get to, lol. Great review on this book as well and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint!

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  9. Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed this last book so much! I enjoyed Illuminae and Gemina a lot, even if they were quite… creepy at times haha, I still am impatient to know what happens next in the series. Can’t wait to read it 😀
    Lovely review! ❤

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  10. I still need to get to this one myself but it’s definitely on my list. When first picking up Illuminae my mind went what the heck is this stuff…??? It didn’t take long to completely get into it and enjoy it and marvel at the originality though. 🙂

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  11. I just posted my review for the book and then saw that you had put up yours this week as well 😀 great minds think alike and all that jazz! I really did like Obsidio as well and I gave it the same rating you did. However, I think I gave it less than 5 stars because I thought that Asha and Rhys didn’t get the same treatment as the other couples and weren’t fully developed and I maaaaaybe (and this could totally be my dark soul speaking here) wanted more lasting consequences for the core four characters. I agree that it felt a lot more personal without that huge and not quite graspable concept of an entire universe being at stake. Those moments really hit hard at times.

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  12. I don’t know when I will get to this because I want to read other Jay Kristoff first BUT I just realized (I’m terrible lol) that Amie Kaufman cowrote These Broken Stars which I quite liked (such a good twist in it omg). Thanks for your thoughts! I’m glad you loved the conclusion to this series 😀

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  13. I’ve been meaning to get to this book FOREVER and I still haven’t even bought it! (Bangs head against wall.) It will happen, I promise, especially now since you’ve given it such a glowing review!

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  14. I see these books all the time, in this series and have yet to pick one up. You’ve sold me. 😉 I’m getting the first one the next time I go to the bookstore.

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  15. I am about 200 pages into Illuminae right now and the significant dork just finished it on audio, we are both enjoying it so far. Have you read sleeping giants? Formatting is similar, but I devoured sleeping giants:)

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