Book Review: Obsidio

Title: Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Genre: Young adult sci-fi

Format: Audiobook

Published: By Listening Library on March 13th, 2018

ISBN13: 9780553499193 (Hardcover edition)

Grade: Outstanding

Obsidio

Synopsis

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, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Short Story Anthologies on My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for July 17th, 2018 is: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories. I haven’t read a lot of short stories or novellas, so I wanted to change the topic to suit my reading habits. Recently, I have been curious about short story anthologies as they are great to sample the writing of different authors to see if their other stories would be a good fit for me. If you’ve read my April-May wrap-up post, I had featured an anthology in the June Anticipated Releases section, which is what got me interested in these in the first place. I haven’t read any that I remember, so these are the ones on my TBR. I’ll talk about three of them that are on my priority list and give a quick mention of the others.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2018 (So Far) + Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for July 10th, 2018 is: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far). I decided to combine it with a tag today because I didn’t have a lot to say about my favourites other than I hope that everyone reads it and loves it as well because they’re SO GOOD! I had initially planned to do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag on a Saturday post but it just wouldn’t fit in the timeline for this month. Two things to note: nobody actually tagged me to do it (at least not to my knowledge) and although I’ve rated many more than 10 books 5 stars already this year, I wanted to feature some lesser-known but excellent stories so that they get more hype.

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Discussion Post: What do You Think of the Literature of Your Country?

I’ve been contemplating this for a while and what better time to talk about this than when the Indian Lit Readthon (hosted by me and 3 more blogging friends, if you didn’t know) is going on? This might be more applicable to international/non-English readers but I hope everyone can take away something from this. If I take a look at my ‘Read’ shelf on Goodreads, it is abundantly clear that my reading is almost 99% books written by non-Indian authors. While I have been trying to read diversely from last year, I haven’t actively reached for books published in my own country. In this post, I’d like to outline some reasons as to why and talk about my relationship with Indian literature.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Indian Flag Colours on My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for July 3rd, 2018 is: Books with Red, White, & Blue Covers (In honor of the 4th of July in the USA. Choose covers with your own country’s colours if you prefer!) I decided to go with the colours of my country as they are more challenging. If you’re not familiar with the flag, it has 3 equal bands of saffron, white and green from top to bottom with the blue Ashoka Chakra in the middle. However, the flag was not always like this and there is a rich history behind its design. You can check out some Indian non-fiction books discussing the events of the pre-Independence era to know more about that. I’ve decided to showcase 3 books from my TBR having orange, white and greenish hues on their covers each and one that has blue, rounding out the required 10 books for the list. Also, the books having the same colour all belong to the same genre.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Series I Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for June 26th, 2018 is: Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish. As I’ve already talked about similar topics in previous TTT posts, I thought I’d change the prompt to talk about some extremely well-known series that I just haven’t gotten around to. There was a period of around two years (2013-2014) where I just stopped reading fiction and lost touch with new releases. I also didn’t read the hottest new books till 2017 started. So, I’ve accumulated a backlog of famous series and I really want to get to them all some day. I know I’m going to get a lot of comments that will have reactions of shock and outrage, but I just want to tell you that I’m trying my best to have a mix of backlist books and new releases, so they have a solid place on my TBR. To make the post a bit more interesting, I’m going to state the reason why I want to read it (other than everyone I know raving about it of course) and what I will rate the series as a whole.

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Readathon Tips + July Readathons TBR

What’s more fun than locking yourself up in your room and reading for 2 days straight? Reading with more people locked up in their rooms and updating each other’s progress online of course! This is why some very intelligent people came up with the concept of readathons. If you’re a regular follower, I’m sure you are aware that I do quite a bit of them. In fact, I have planned to take part in three of them this July. I started only July last year with the Summer Biannual Bibliothon and it was such a fun experience that I’m doing it again this year. Some might even go so far as calling me a readathon veteran. Since I’m also organizing a 48-hour readathon in July along with my friends, I thought I would share some tips and tricks to help you have a successful readathon experience.

Readthon Tips and July TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish> in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for June 19th, 2018 is: Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach. As you all probably know by now, I live in India where the monsoon has set in and the warm summer days are long gone. So I changed up the prompt and decided to give you reading recommendations that go really well with a cup of tea and a warm, comfortable reading nook by the window when it is pouring outside. The feel I’m going for is something that is dark and hard-hitting like the violent thunderstorms but leave you feeling wholesome and good at the end just like the rain is good for the earth. ‘Read a book perfect for a rainy day‘ is one of the prompts of the Indian Lit Readathon that is being hosted by myself and three other Indian blogging friends, Shruti @ This is Lit, Charvi @ Not Just Fiction and Aditi @ Dreamy Reads, so you can add the ones written by an Indian author to your readathon TBR! For more details, check out the announcement post here.

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Reader Confessions Tag

It seems like the people of the book blogosphere have been noticing my existence off-late. I have been tagged by the lovely Kate from The Backwards Bookshelf for this tag. I would strongly encourage you to check out her blog because she’s an amazing blogger from Philippines who reads and reviews a lot of diverse and #ownvoices books. This tag features a bunch of questions where I reveal shocking truths about my bookish life and then tag my friends so I can get them to confess too. Since I’m an impatient person every time someone mentions the word ‘secrets’ around me, I’m going to spare you the wait and get right to it!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I’d DNF-ed

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for June 5th, 2018 was about DNF-ed books. DNF stands for Did Not Finish for those unfamiliar with this term. Since I have DNF-ed maybe a book or two in my entire life, I thought I’d change up the topic to talk about some of the books I wish I had stopped reading because they were either not worth my time or I ended up not liking as much as I would have if I had read it another time.

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