Origin (Lux #4) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

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13644052Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? 

And will they even be together?

 

Last year, I became obsessed with the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. And if you’re a fan of the series, you remember how heartbreaking and startling the ending of Opal was. Just a refresher, the Luxen and Katy stormed Mount Weather and Katy ended up being captured. And of course, we were left with Daemon’s heartfelt and panicked three worded “I love you” to Katy. It was devastating.

Origin takes off a couple weeks after the ending of Opal. Daemon has been locked up by his fellow Luxen to prevent him from rescuing Katy, but of course Daemon breaks free and wrecks havoc on all of those involved in keeping him away from Katy. Now that Katy is with Daedalus, she is getting an inside look of what all is going down there and an idea of what their plans truly are.  I don’t want to say too much about what goes down in Daedalus because anything I say will be spoilerish, but I can say that just…..woah. There are a lot of unexpected twists and turns in this one.

I have to admit that Origin was my least favorite book in the Luxen series. It was a little bit of a snooze throughout most of the book. Not a lot happened until the last 50 pages! The time in Daedalus was very uneventful. Nothing really happened that blew me away or shocked me during that section of the book. Honestly, it was kind of repetitive. Go to cell. Refuse to fight. Go to doctor. Repeat. I expected the time in Daedalus to be more eventful and heart pounding.

Unlike the rest of the books in the series, Origin is split between both Katy and Daemon’s POV’s. I typically don’t care for books that have split POV’s, and I do think that it took away from this book. Split POV’s are tricky because the author has to do it just right or the book gets a bit choppy. I wouldn’t say that Origin got choppy, but I think that the story would have been stronger if it had just been Katy’s POV like normal. I often found myself forgetting who I was reading about, and it was really distracting to have my attention shifting direction every so many pages. It definitely took away from the story.

Even though I found Origin to be a little bit boring and not that exciting for the most part, I have to admit that this book was SHOCKING. To give you a non spoilery hint, I can tell you that 5 people die in this book. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out who those 5 people are. Each death was shocking and unexpected. It blew my mind every single time someone was blown to dust. It’s weird that I found a big chunk of this book boring when so much happened, but a lot of the shocking stuff really happened in the last 50-60 pages.

The ending of Origin reminded me a lot of the other books in the series. The last 50-60 pages weren’t amazing but they definitely blew my mind. And the ending?! HOLY SMOKES! I did not see that coming. Just…wow. WOW. It makes me really excited to figure out what is going to happen in the next book. Like….a year from now /=

 

This section contains spoilers. Nothing TOO major…but be warned.

Ok…so….anytime that an offer adds marriage or pregnancy to a book, it usually turns out to be a disaster. It’s a BAD IDEA. I don’t even know how to stress that. BAD. BAD.BAD. Don’t do it! Well…..Armentrout does both. I won’t say WHO gets married or WHO gets pregnant…but BOTH happen. It’s also not shocking when it does happen. I guessed it toward the beginning of the book. Both twists sort of ruined the book a little. I didn’t like it. I especially didn’t like it happening in a YA book. I know that those two twists are going to be even more enhanced in the next book, and I’m not looking forward to it.

Also….the wedding was stupid. You just learned that the people got married…we didn’t get to see any vows or anything. If you’re going to do something like a wedding…then I want it Twilight style. I WANT TO SEE THE DAMN VOWS. I was annoyed that I didn’t get to.

 

Ok…spoilers over!

 

Overall, I liked this book. Was I in love with it? No. Was it my favorite in the series? Not by a long shot. But will I read the next book? Hell to the yes. I’m invested in everything that Armentrout writes, and I would encourage everyone to go read this book!

 

Pages: 364

Publication Date: August 27th, 2013

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Source: Finished Ecopy

Rating: [rating: 3]

Teaser Quote: “I’ve been waiting a long time to run tests on someone like you, ” he said to Daemon, voice high-pitched.
Daemon arched a brow. “Another fanboy. I have them everywhere.”
I muttered, “Only you would see that as a good thing.”
He shot me a grin.” 

 

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