Seven Reasons to Love OBSIDIO

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See my seven reasons to love the conclusion of this celebrated, best-selling trilogy under What’s Different and What’s Awesome, below.

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff with journal illustrations by Marie Lu

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, Nik, narrowly escaped 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?

Live a life worth dying for.

Inside jacket cover
Asha Grant came to Kerenza to escape her past. Too bad he just caught up with her.

Asha survived BeiTech’s initial assault and has been working undercover with the hopelessly outmatched resistance ever since. The last thing she expected to worry about was her ex-boyfriend, but Rhys Lindstrom just landed planetside, and 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.

The heart-stopping, heart-breaking finale in the triology that broke the mold and has been called “stylistically mesmerizing” and “out-of-this-world awesome.”

What’s Different
(1) A homicidal spaceship operating system (Artificial Intelligence Defense Analytics Network or AIDAN) who’s in love with the girl who rebooted him. (2) A wise-cracking teen computer genius battling a life-threatening illness. (3) Three pairs of teen boys and girls, each with their own special skills (and attitudes), who are forced to lead an insurrection and save what’s left of their population.

And it’s all in the future, in space.

Like the previous books in the trilogy, Illuminae and Gemina, Obsidio is an epistolary novel told through court transcriptions, texts, surveillance reports, illustrations, journal entries, and graphics.

What’s Awesome
(1) Complex, flawed characters, (2) humor, (3) high stakes, and (4) snappy dialogue.

Opening (from page 11)
One soldier stands out in the crowd. Quiet amid the familiar banter. He’s younger than the rest. Eighteen, maybe nineteen. His ATLAS [Armored Tactical Light Assault Suit] is showroom new; no dings or scuffs or scars, none of the hand-drawn decorations that distinguish one pounder’s faceless suit from another. He has a square jaw. Sharp gray eyes, just a touch too wide. Sandy blonde hair, styled into a quiff that, if it doesn’t violate regulations, damn well should. It sure as xxxx violates the laws of gravity…

The name LINDSTROM, RHYS is stenciled on his breastplate.

Pretty as the kid might be, when his fellow soldiers look at him at all, they do it with narrowed eyes.

Author Bios
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff feast upon your tears and relish your screams.

In addition to their international bestsellers Illuminae and Gemina, Amie is the co-author (with Megan Spooner) of the bestselling Starbound trilogy and its successor, Unearthed. She is also the author of Ice Wolves. Jay is the author of the award-winning Lotus War trilogy and the Nevernight Chronicles, as well as the forthcoming novel LIFEL1K3.

They live with their respective spouses in Melbourne, Australia. Find Amie and Jay at and

Read about the authors’ visit to Colorado last year here (blog post #1) and here (blog post #2).

Katherine Valdez is an award-winning microfiction author who writes at under the handle KatValdezWriter.

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