Review: Obsidio

5 out of 5 stars

One of the best sci-fi series I’ve ever read. One of the best YA series I’ve ever read. That both of those things are true about the same series is astonishing. Obsidio, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files #3)

IMG_0543Obsidio is the impossibly fantastic culmination of The Illuminae Files. In space, things are basically shit. A big, bad corporation called BeiTech has invaded a planet and enslaved its human settlement, in order to steal the precious fuel material being mined there. Never mind that the settlement was already illegal, and so actually stealing the fuel anyway. They’re people with families, trying to make a life. And now they’re either dead, or well on their way.

A glorious band of ragtag kids stands in their way, fomenting rebellion from every side. They’re allied even when they don’t know it. Kadi and Ezra (heroes of the first novel, Illuminae), join Hannah and Nik (plus Ella, of book two: Gemina), and now Asha and Rhys, to form an interstellar Goonies, outsmarting and out-clevering the bad guys at every turn. They’re a joyous mess – headstrong, stubborn, dangerous, and funny in a completely refreshing way. Among them is also AIDAN, a military grade artificial intelligence system that is part remorseless murderer, part plucky sidekick, and ever-so-slightly human.

IMG_0544Obsidio has every kind of sci-fi combat: hand-to-hand, surface-to-air, ship-to-ship, and, of course, technology being used – and technology using them. There’s a big cautionary tale here about reliance on computers, but sometimes in his simplicity, AIDAN has more common sense than his human counterparts.

This series is fun, funny, and devilishly clever. The writing is electric; whether people are speaking or texting, their individual personalities rocket off the page. I wish I had written this. I wish it would never end.  I made an audible noise of despair when I turned the last page, I was so sad to be finished.

Luckily, not one day after I was done, authors Aimee Kaufman and Jay Kristoff announced they will collaborate again. It’s called Aurora Rising. And it’s already the next best thing I’ve ever read.



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