Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Setting: Space, sometime in the future
My Copy Came From: I borrowed this from my local library.
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Review: I’m sorry to see this series end, as it introduced me to one of the most fascinating characters I’ve read in quite some time! Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, is the last book in The Illuminae Files, a science fiction / young adult series set in space. It’s told in a different format, in that it uses video surveillance footage (and someone’s transcription of that footage), instant messages, pictures, swirly shapes, black pages with white text, and various other ways to tell the story. The different format felt more toned down in this installment. I didn’t understand what was going on half the time, but that doesn’t matter. The format lends itself to a quick read where you really don’t need to know what’s happening. It moves so quickly that you’re soon involved in the next scene.
Along with Kady and Ezra from book one, Illuminae, and Hanna and Nik from book two, Gemina, we meet Kady’s cousin, Asha, and her love interest, Rhys. Neither Asha nor Rhys was terribly exciting, and I found myself skimming over their sections. I thought most of the characters were too melodramatic, and could’ve done without all the bad language.
The star of this book, and the entire series, is AIDAN, an artificial intelligence who is anything but boring and bland. He steals the show here, with his villain/hero persona; one where you were never quite sure what he was going to do. He’s one of the best characters I’ve read in quite some time, and I love how his story was handled here. It’s hard to imagine that an artificial intelligence can work it’s way into your heart, but he most certainly does, and in a big way. He is far and away the best thing about these books.
All in all, Obsidio is a good, satisfying conclusion to a fun series. I’d definitely recommend this series to those who enjoy reading fast-paced science fiction and those who enjoy books told in different formats.
Bottom Line: A satisfying conclusion to The Illuminae Files. AIDAN steals the show once again!