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 Kerenzabut 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 Rhysan old flame from Asha's pastreappears 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, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.
Praise for Gemina:
“The stakes only get higher in Gemina.”
“[A]n inventive, whip-smart story overflowing with heart. (And blood. And maybe a couple of explosions. All good things.)”
–Marie Lu, bestselling author of Warcross (Bustle.com)
“This series is kickass. It’s epic and unforgiving and it will make you cry.”
–USA Today/Happy Ever After
Praise for Illuminae:
“A truly interactive experience for the reader. . . . A fantastically fun ride.” –MTV.com
“A truly beautiful novel that redefines the form. I have never read anything like it.”
–Victoria Aveyard, bestselling author of Red Queen
“An edge of your seat thrill ride that left me breathless. Genre: Undefinable. Novel: Unforgettable.”
–Kami Garcia, bestselling co-author of Beautiful creatures and author of Unbreakable.
“Nervy chicks, cute fighter pilots, lots of heart, lots of heartbreak.”
–Laini Taylor, bestselling author of Daughter of Smoke & Bone
“An exuberant mix of space opera, romance, zombies, hackers, and political thrills, told with eccentric aplomb. “
–Scott Westerfeld, bestselling author of Uglies and Zeroes
“This is one of those rare books that will truly keep your heart pounding and the pages turning.“ –Beth Revis, bestselling author of Across the Universe.
“Stunningly creative. Smart, funny, and romantic.”
–Veronica Rossi, bestselling author of Under the Never Sky.
“An arresting visual experience . . .” –Booklist, starred
“Ambitious, heartbreaking, and out-of-this-world awesome.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred
“A stylistically mesmerizing tale.” –Publishers Weekly, starred
“[A] game-changer for its genre.” –Shelf Awareness, starred
About the Author
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, collectively, are 12.5" tall and live in Melbourne, Australia, with two long-suffering spouses, two rescue dogs, and a plentiful supply of caffeine. They met thanks to international taxation law, and stuck together due to a shared love of blowing things up and breaking hearts. You can learn more about Amie at amiekaufman.com or @AmieKaufman; Look for Jay at jaykristoff.com or @misterkristoff
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When are you going to fix thg is file, B&N? It's been over 6 months, and your epub version is still missing whole swathes of pages. I have reported this to your customer service department multiple times, and yet you still have a broken copy.
I know I describe books as beautiful a lot, but there is so much beauty in this book. Usually I'm just referring to the storyline or the characters, and trust me, those are gorgeous, but this book is also physically beautiful. The story is told through the design on the pages- through memos and chat logs and space battles and drawings (by the amazing [author:Marie Lu|4342215]) and so much more. We, the reader, are misdirected, deceived, and heartbroken... and you love every single minute of it. There are twists and turns built in from the beginning of the series. You think the book is done-- over-- and then it's not. You want to scream. To throw things. And you are thrilled to pieces by it. We need a word for that. For the amazing torture that is a book like this. One that rips your heart out and eats it in front of you but you're so very glad that it did.
If I had one criticism, I would say that Asha and Rhys, while definitely pivotal characters in this book, seemed to also be somewhat superfluous. I had been so caught up in both Katie/Ezra and Hannah/Nick’s stories that Asha and Rhys paled in comparison. However, the climax to this book was as powerful as it was because of those two characters so I’m a little conflicted and ultimately shrugged those feelings off. AIDAN also can’t be forgotten. Bei Tech was the evil villain but AIDAN was a close second and his emotional development was fascinating. Is this really the last Illuminae Files book? The ending seemed to leave a small opening for another novel or an offshoot of this series. I hope so, these books were so much fun to listen to and read, truly innovative!
Obsidio is the third and final book in the Illuminae Files. After the thrilling events of Gemina, Obsidio jumps directly into the story and action. Be sure to read the first two books in the series, Illuminae and Obsidio before this review. We are introduced to two new main characters in Asha and Rhys. They are both planet-side on Kerenza IV, so we finally get to see what that side of the story is and how the people have been coping since the attack. Now that our time is split between our original duo of Kady and Ezra, the two from Gemina Hanna and Nik (plus Ella) and our characters on Kerenza, I feel that Asha and Rhys have less time to develop. As a result, they're definitely my least favourite pair. Asha was training to be a pharmacist but finds herself dealing with more medical issues than she ever expected. After watching the brilliant Kady hack her way into anything and everything, or Hanna take down trained soldiers with her martial arts skills and strategic mind - Asha is underwhelming. She is average, likely very similar to most readers if they were to find themselves in this series. There is nothing wrong with that but I feel it makes her a little forgettable. Rhys gives us an alternative perspective as he finds himself on the side of BeiTech and wholly unaware of what has happened the last seven months. He must come to term with the events and decide where his loyalties lie. I think the most memorable part about him was his gravity-defying hair. Although I loved seeing what was happening on Kerenza, I am partial to the scenes on the Mau as they featured my favourite characters. Despite the split focus, I never felt that the pacing lagged or could have been done better. I was completely engrossed in the story the entire time. There are not enough positive family dynamics in YA literature and despite the fact that many of the characters in the series have lost family members I feel that there is one stand out in the final book of the series. I absolutely love how Isaac Grant took on the mantle of the parental figure for our main characters in a tumultuous time and just supported them through everything. No questions. The ending almost seemed to come too quickly and there was not as much emotional impact as I wanted there to be. I wish a little more time had been dedicated to the trial. That and the lack of connection that I generally felt for Asha and Rhys leads me to take a half a star away from an otherwise fantastic book. I still highly recommend this series and cannot sing the praises of the audiobooks enough. They are absolutely fantastic performances that completely immerse you in the experience and world.
Words do not do this series justice. If escapism is what you are looking for, you’ve found the right place.
“Mason, E: Just once I wish someone would say, “I have good news and —-ing awesome news.” Mason,E: Like, “hey, we found a big crate full of malt liquor, oh, and by the way, you are the Son of the One True King,” or something.” In this final installment of the Illumae Files, all of my favorite character, along with some new favorites work together to take down Beitech Industries and try to rescue to civilians left on Kerenza IV. This book was perfect. I LOVED every single page. So much happened that I will be reeling for a while from this story. Having all of the information, I now definitely want to go back and reread the entire series together. There is just so much detail and so much to put together from this story. The uniqueness of how this story is presented cannot not be out done and I think this book took it even farther. I cannot recommend this series enough and I of course give this book 5 stars.
I feel like the Illuminae Files have been a long and arduous journey for me. Three years of pearl-clutching and waiting with bated breath, devouring each book as they arrived into the world and immediately regretting the fervor in which I read them, usually ignoring my more important Uni assignments in favor of revisiting this world that I hold so dear. Every second was a question of who would live and who would die, every second was a new moral quandary to puzzle over beside the ever present and conflicting AI, AIDAN. Every second was an adventure following our leads Kady, Ezra, Nik, Hanna, and Rhys and Asha in this installment. And I don't regret a single second I have spent on this series or a single penny I have traded for these beautiful words. This is a series more than deserving of it's hype. In three books, it did not for one second flag or fail in telling one of the best stories I've ever read in my life (and I've read a whole lot of stories). Kaufman and Kristoff never shy away from the hard truths--instead, they shine lights on them. Some are ugly enough to make you want to turn away, but all of them are important, all of it is meaningful, and I'll carry all of it with me for the rest of my life. This conclusion was...magnificent. I thought saying goodbye would feel broken, choppy, like a wire cut in two or a frayed rope finally ceding to pressure, leaving me to flail all alone. It doesn't. I feel...well, I won't say I'm happy this series is over, but the ending felt like closure. Like I've been living these last three years constantly waiting and wondering, full of fear and hope to see how this would end, and now I'm content. Content and so happy that I've had the privilege of reading this series and experiencing the amazing stories within (even with the agonizing waits in between. Though, sometimes the wait makes the satisfaction of the next book all the better). So, do yourself a favor. If you haven't read Illuminae (book 1), go do it. And if you're worried about Obsidio, don't be. Amie and Jay have got you. The absolute last thing you're going to be is let down.
This is a masterpiece and even though I knew knew knew I would love it, I wasn’t quite prepared for the amount of emotions. I'm in awe of the layers and the way things wrapped up. This story is a roller coaster and Amie and Jay are geniuses. **Huge thanks to Knopf for providing an early finished copy free of charge**