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Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufmann - 2.5 Stars

This pains me more than it pains you. Trust me on that.

I LOVED Illuminae and Gemina. Could not stop raving about it! Obsidio however? nope. Can't say I loved it. The book was predictable from beginning to end and more than once I considered putting it aside and reading something else. Why did I carry on? Because I still love Kady, Hannah, Nik, Ezra, and Ella. Because I needed to know how their stories ended. It was worth it, but gosh it was painful at times!
If you haven't read the blurb yet, here it goes before the full review:
Obsidio, Jay Kristoff-Amie Kaufman

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.
 


Let's start with the good things!! Our beloved characters from Illuminae and Gemina were just as phenomenal and although I clearly did not like the book as a whole our old crew deserves some love. Kady was just as brilliant, Ezra just as brave and full of swagger, Ella just as funny and lovable, Nik and Hannah just as sweet and perfect for each other. They were brilliant! They just, sadly, didn't have enough page time.

Aidan... I didn't understand until this book why people like him. I do now. This was the best version of Aidan yet and I thoroughly enjoy him. I love my anti-heroes and he is the perfect representation of that. He is bad. He murders. He has very little to no conscience. And yet... even though he is an AI, he loves... He is a monster that is very hard not to care for.

Now for the bad... nothing happened for the first 150 pages or so. You get a lot of the new characters and they are very boring. What I remember about Asha now that I am done with the book? that she was working at the hospital. What I remember about Rhys? hum.... he is/was Asha's ex?! these two are forgettable. There was no character building. I just wanted more of the characters we have come to love and found zero need to be introduced to new ones. If at least they were interesting I guess it would have been ok, but no dice. There were many times I considered not continuing and all of those times were on Asha's and/or Rhys' chapters.

Omg the plot 🤦🤦🤦 *face palm* Go back, read Illuminae and Gemina. Are you done? Ok, you than know the plot. Different couple, same/similar background story. So very predictable it hurts. 
The fake deaths will be the death of me.... again? really? On a book where thousands die, where the atrocities of war are shoved on your face every few pages, somehow all 7 teens live against all odds (without a scratch or broken bone may I add). You can shoot them out of the bloody sky and they will still survive. I mean...I am glad they lived, but so so predictable. 

The Illuminae files will have a special place in my heart forever and ever. But sadly what started on a very high note, ended on a very low one for me. 

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