Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Format Read: Paperback
Published by Allen & Unwin on March 14th 2018
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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.
Obsidio is the epic conclusion to Amie and Jay’s science-fiction chronicle, which kicked off on with the mind-blowing Illuminae, follow by the riveting Gemina. The final novel in the series follows Asha (Kady’s cousin) and Rhys (a BeiTech IT guy), who has been stranded on Kerenza IV following the attack on the secret colony by BeiTech operatives.
Kerenza IV is running out of food, and BeiTech is running out of time. As Kady, Ezra, Hanna and Nik race to Kerenza to overtake the last jump portal out of this galaxy, Asha and her secret group of Kerenza locals are doing their best to ensure that they delay BeiTech’s ability to leave everyone on Kerenza for dead, once they have mined enough minerals to refuel their jump station.
It’s a race against the clock for every side of the story, and we get to revisit our old favourites as well as see the rapid destruction of the secret mining colony through the eyes of Asha and Rhys. The downfall of Kerenza is not pretty — through Asha and Rhys’ eyes, we see a planet that’s painted red by greed.
Obsidio continues the format that grew in popularity with the first book — a compiled series of video clips, notes, messages and so forth that make up the Illuminae files. In the concluding novel, we come to find out who exactly is behind the analysis of the files, and not sure about you, but I was pleasantly surprised!
And as with the previous books, we once again get to dive into the mind behind AIDAN, the artificial intelligence that has both saved and destroyed many lives along the way. I’ve said this once, and I will say this again — AIDAN is absolutely the shining star of this entire series. Who would have thought that I’d ever say this about an AI? AIDAN treads a fine line between morality; what’s right and wrong for one, may be defined differently by others. Throughout the series, AIDAN poses the same question — philosophically speaking, would you be willing to kill some, to save the majority? I still do not have an answer for this — philosophers have debated this question for a long time, and I doubt even they have a clear answer. It’s because the answer is different for everyone. And for an AI, they can only see the answer to the problem in the most basic mathematical sense. <erRoR> I’m going to miss AIDAN — like Kady, I’ve grown very fond of it.
Obsidio, aside from wanting more scenes with Asha and Rhys. All the other characters got their own book, and I felt like Obsidio did not fully do Asha and Rhys’ story justice. But that’s just the romantic in me speaking. Aside from that, it’s an amazing conclusion to a fantastic series by two heavyweight Australian authors. I for one cannot wait to see what their brilliant minds come up with next.
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