Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files
Previous Books in the Series:
Date Started: July 16
Date Finished: July 19
Format: Hardcover from local library
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 will keep saying this with this series; the book design for this series is phenomenal. There is so much thought put into how these pages are displayed that I’m kind of in awe of it. I really loved the additions of the drawings too (by Marie Lu! Another author who has exceptional drawing skills) so it was almost like a comic book while also being a dossier of things that happened on the Mao and back on Kerenza IV. And while we’re on the subject, unlike the previous two novels Obsidio covers the characters from both Illuminae and Gemina, but we’re also introduced to two new characters who are back on Kerenza IV – Asha Grant (Kady’s cousin) and Rhys Lindstrom (Asha’s ex). And while I get that things were ‘happening’ in real time in the dossier, I would have preferred if what was going on with Kerenza IV’s characters happened first, and then they crossed over into what was going on on the Mao.
It got too confusing trying to figure out what each report was going through. And what was with all the vid cam summaries? I really would have liked more chat room scenarios.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. With all the characters combining, it got a little bit confusing – especially with the introduction of the new set of characters – but this story was still good. I liked that we came back to Kerenza IV and got to see what happened to the world after it got blasted to hell and back by BeiTech. It was also fun to figure out which swear word is this black box of text supposed to be? The conclusion was somewhat satisfying, but I kind of want to know what’s going on with AIDEN? I thought he
blew himself up?
Bookshelf worthy? If only I had the room!