No spoilers in this Review of Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
I give it 4 stars.
Hats off to Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff for an awesome wrap-up to this truly unique series. I bought the audiobook because, well, it’s amazing, but I must confess that I also borrowed the paper copy from the library because I just couldn’t miss out. This has been HANDS DOWN my favorite series to listen to on audiobook. It is read by a full cast of characters and includes awesome sound effects. But the book is just so cool, I had to see every page of it too.
While Gemina is still my favorite of the series, I enjoyed Obsidio immensely. All of the major players plus a few more are brought together in this final fight against BeiTech–a foe that wants nothing more than to silence them for what they know.
Katy, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik travel to Kerenza, the small mining colony where this nightmare all began back in book one. To their surprise, Katy’s cousin Asha survived the attack on Kerenza and is now part of a rebel group on the ground. To mix things up, her ex-boyfriend, Rhys, now a BeiTech soldier, arrives with a shaky sense of loyalty. Together, this group of teens and their sometimes-psychotic AI must take over the only remaining BeiTech ship that still has the capability to jump back to the core. If they don’t, they will all be stranded in deep space indefinitely, and BeiTech will not answer for their heinous crimes.
I was again amazed at how a compilation of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, schematics, and yes, even comics could create a cohesive narrative. Brilliantly done guys. Oh, and I mentioned in my Rapid Review of Gemina that I loved one of the analysts that transcribes video footage. We find out who that person is in Obsido! Love it!
One of my few complaints would be that this book seemed to have twice as much bleeped-out language as the other books. It got annoying. I don’t wish it wasn’t bleeped-out, I wish there wasn’t as much. It was seriously over the top. They’re pushing the limits of the YA genre–but I suppose that’s pretty much on par with almost all YA books these days. Shame.
To sum up, I highly recommend this series and this book (if you can stomach the language), especially if you are looking for something that’s a little bit different. It is a fun change from the usual.
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