I don’t read a lot of young adult books but The Illuminae Files have been one of the exceptions for me. These books are just fun and written in a documentary style with unique styles of getting the content across to the reader. There are portions that are describing a video feed, there are chat logs, there are just pictures at times, and even cartoony comic style drawings and words. Basically, Obsidio became one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 because this has just been a fun series that I’ve enjoyed reading.
Like the other books, this book introduces another couple into the mix. We get the life of two individuals on the surface of Kerenza, the planet that was attacked in Illuminae. Ashe is Kady’s cousin and she is a medic left after the invasion. Rhys is actually part of the BeiTech invasion fleet but he has a history with Ashe. These two must come to terms with their own standing in their respected organizations and also their former relationship. The other part of the book is all about what the survivors are going to do now after the events of Gemina.
This was an incredibly easy book to get into and enjoy. I think that what Kaufman and Kristoff have really accomplished in this series are stories that entertain throughout the entire reading. There is a good mixture of action, character building, and emotion. Sure, you have to suspend your disbelief a little bit when you realize that these are a bunch of teenagers doing the world saving, but that is one of the main themes of the entire series, that it isn’t about age but about ability. I was a little critical of Gemina, the second book in this series because I thought that introducing another couple, new main characters, wasn’t the best idea. Now after I’ve read all three, I can see why the authors wrote it the way they did. They really did a great job of connecting all the plot lines and characters.
Anyway, if you are looking for a light and fun YA book with sci-fi elements, this is a great series to give a try. I think this series is a great way to introduce new sci-fi readers to the genre. AIDEN is the best part of the whole series, he is definitely my bro.
16/25 Possible Score
4 – Plot
3 – Characters
3 – World Building
3 – Writing Style
3 – Heart & Mind Aspect