Young Delight: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Posted April 1, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews, Young Delight / 39 Comments

Young Delight: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Series: Illuminae Files #3
Genres: YA Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Knopf
Released on March 13, 2018
Pages: 615
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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The Delight

Well, all the gritty, desperate, struggle-for-survival excitement comes down to this third and final book of The Illuminae Files Young Adult Sci-Fi series.  Each book has kept the thriller action in space taunt with tension and desperation so that I was at near distraction waiting for my pre-ordered book arrive.


Obsidio, as book three, is not a good place to start.  This is a series that needs to be read in order for all the clues in the conspiracy and building series action to make sense.

Each book is presented as a case file documenting the extent of a travesty that various key players are trying to make known so that justice may be found for all the victims, dead and alive. The big picture is only fully revealed by this last book.

I went into Obsidio worried that it couldn’t live up to all the build up and promise of the first two books, but I soon learned to set that aside.  Things have come full circle and its for all the marbles as all the key players find themselves engaged in an epic battle for survival and if not survival, the opportunity to tell the true story of what happened when Bei Tech military attacked a civilian illegal mining colony to gain control of the mining resources and began a war between two big monopolies with the civilians caught in the middle.

Like the others before it, this book pulls no punches with catastrophic events and devastation.  It really does a good job of making one see what being in the middle of a war is really like particularly for non-combatants who must step up just to survive.  This is a young adult in that the main figures who are the movers and shakers are teens, but I think it is a series that is actually suited to adult readers maybe moreso.  There is a ruthless, dark and desperate quality to it.

But, like the first two books, a romance pair emerges.  Granted, they are living on the edge of life and death so its not a prime focus, but a second chance romance is there and I enjoyed seeing them worth through mistrust, assumptions, and their continued connection in spite of it all.

Now, what takes this beyond a typical sci-fi space adventure is the epistolary format of the book.  It’s told in security feeds, messages, memos, graphic art, and more.  My only niggles is that at times the lighter shaded script was hard to read. The security feeds are told in an omniscient observer narrator who quips and comments on what he or she is observing.  One might think this would make it hard to engage with the story, but in truth, I had no trouble getting emotionally involved and teared up or laughed out more than once.  I found the notes Isaac left all those teen heroes on the eve of battle poignant, Nic’s crazy need to go around with a spacesuit and parachute with it was whimsical, Ella’s snark or Aidan (my bittersweet homicidal favorite AI)’s thoughts were also hits.

I have book hangover now and really don’t want to leave this series behind.  It was stellar all around and I will definitely be going for a re-read at some point.  For sci-fi lovers, this one is a must.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • oh a book hangover is bad, quick get another book

    • Great advice! Thanks, Ailyn! I’m listening to a good one now.

  • I have listened to this whole series – it took me ten days, and I just loved it all! The narrators are nothing short of amazing. And I really loved the whole story, the plot, and all that ruthlessness! Plus, those teens were SMART! And they communicated. But they still acted like teens a lot of the time.
    Great review!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    • Yes, they were amazing. I loved getting all their stories.

  • I had thought about getting this series. Good to know to start from the beginning.

    • Yes, definitely get the beginning book first. Hope you get the chance, Mary. 🙂

  • I really enjoyed Illuminuae and I still need to read the others but I really can’t wait!

  • Greg Hill

    This was good and yes I thought the same thing- it’s perfect for adults even though it’s got YA protagonists. Just good science fiction all the way around. And the way it showed how brutal war can be to the non- combatants ws quite powerful too.

    Great review!

    • Oh man, I should have never worried. I was in good hands with this book. So much to love and to engage a reader!

  • I cannot wait to get back to this series. It has been so long since I read Illuminae that I really need to re-read that one before reading Gemina and Obsidio. I am so happy to see that you enjoyed this one!

    • I think I’d go for the re-read, too. Because of the cover up and how things build on what came before, its a good idea to have a fresh memory of the events from book one.

  • Nice, 5 stars! I knew this would be a good one. I have to get this series going! Great review!

    • Yes, you do, Mary! LOL You’ve got some riveting reading in store for you. 🙂

  • Dang a 5?! I remember seeing book one but it didn’t catch my eye all that much since I’m not a huge YA reader (though I do like some like Caine). Sounds like I’ve definitely missed out on these so I appreciate the heads up 🙂

    • Yeah, I was blown away as I have been with all three of them. These are an interesting YA. There are moments when it leans toward the YA, but then most of the time it feels very adult. There is so much going on and it gets so breath-taking with tension and excitement that its the last thing on your mind. 🙂

  • I just checked out the first book and I’ve seen good things about this series. I can’t wait to dive in and join you in a book hangover. 🙂

    • So good, Cricket. If you like sci-fi, these are a must. But make sure you give yourself a few hours of free time b/c you won’t want to put the books down once you get going. 🙂

  • shootingstarsmag

    Yay, I’m so glad you loved this one. I’m not a big sci-fi reader but I LOVE this series. I really want to re-read the first two before reading this one though so I’ve got it all in the front of my mind and can follow along better.


    • That’s actually a really good plan. There were times that I knew things were referencing what went on before particularly from Illuminae, but I only had hazy memories. You’re going to love it, Lauren. 🙂

  • Karen

    I tried this series but it wasn’t’ for me but I’m happy you loved the conclusion. It seems most people did. There’s nothing worse than a dud of an ending in a series.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • You said it! I get all nerved up when I’m at the last book and that is one of the reasons. Thanks, Karen!

  • It is a big book. LOL. It reads fast in the exciting parts- all of it then. LOL

  • Skimmed! I got this on release day, and need to devour. Someone on Twitter said they were bored so I am thrilled by your rating 🙂

    • Wow, what a disparity, right? Goes to show the diversity of taste. Oh man, I practically devoured this one once I got started so give yourself plenty of time. 🙂

  • I’ve been seeing this series all over the internet and it really got me curious. And wow, I’m glad that even if you’re already in book 3 you’re still enjoying it Sophia Rose 🙂

    • It some pretty intense reading and very unique in the format. Hope you get the chance, Vanessa!

  • Uggh, yes the book hangover after this one! I’m so sad it’s over but what a crazy adventure it was! Glad you loved it too! Awesome review, Sophia Rose!

    • Commiserations, my book friend! The struggle is real. 🙂

  • Glad to hear this holds up. I need to do a binge with this series as I’ve only read the first and have to refresh my memory.

    • Oh yes! This one series that just held strong straight through. I think the re-read is a good idea since details from book one affect events here in book three. Besides, I know how you love your zombies. 🙂

  • I keep seeing this everywhere but had no clue what it was! This has helped to answer a lot of questions. 🙂

    • Yay, glad that I could un-confuse you. 🙂 It’s a great series.

  • I heard so many good things about this series. Maybe I’ll pick it up eventually, not sure yet. Glad to hear book 3 was such a good ending to the trilogy. It sure sounds like it deals with some tough subjects. Nice each book has a bit of romance as well. It sounds impressive how the book can pull you in and make you feel emotionally connected even with the unique way the story is told. Great review!

    • The style of telling the story through all those media types was neat. I really was surprised when I found myself just as into the story as if it was regular narrative. It’s pretty intense and gritty, but I did like them.

  • I’m so glad this series didn’t lost steam for you, Sophia. I am hoping to fit it in (via audio,) this summer.

    Great review!

    • Oh no, it kept the tension taunt and didn’t have any lagging moments. You’ll have a treat in store for this summer, Angie. 🙂