Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

origin, lux, jennifer armentroutSynopsis:  Daemon 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?

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?

Review:  After the cliffhanger of book 3 there was no way I couldn’t read this one right away. I whizzed through it too. This was easily the best book of the series.  I was genuinely put through the emotional wringer and there were some truly surprising developments.

Origin, the title, denotes a new race we learn about in this book.  Apparently Luxen and hybrids can procreate and they are the result, something great than its two parents.  Good thing Katy and Daemon use protection, eh?

This novel was different from the others in that we get alternating POVs of Daemon and Katy.  That was a nice workaround considering how long Katy’s held captive.  As the book explores the heart of Daedalus I really found myself wanting to give them the benefit of the doubt.  It really was as the synopsis said.  Even the Arum’s existence and purpose isn’t quite as black and white anymore. But that was clearly a mistake as one particular scene was so horrific and left me so angry and appalled I just wanted them all to die horrible painful deaths. It was absolutely infuriating and I’m upset all over again simply writing about it now.

There were other surprising twists, particularly on Katy’s part with her abilities and how far she’ll let her anger carry her.  Though I was completely fine with those developments.  I’ll just say that he had it coming, though the actual timing of it was unexpected.

Daemon and Katy….let’s just say that the angst factor is amped up to a 9/10 for these  two.  The devotion was nice, but I could have done without one decidedly annoying decision on their part.  It didn’t really add anything to the relationship and felt overly dramatic and somewhat out of character if anything. There’s a development with Dawson and Beth too, but I saw that one coming a mile away and it didn’t annoy me at all.

While new characters are introduced the lives of others are put into jeopardy, further proving this threat is very real. There’s yet another cliffhanger as well, but this time it’s one I actually could get behind.

If my understanding is correct, the next book is the last book of the series.  I’ve grown attached to the characters and will miss this world, but Armentrout has definitely proven herself to be a very capable author and if this book was this good, I think she has the goods to let this series go out with a bang.

I read  Shadows (Lux #0.5) and Obsession this week, so now I’m all caught up and the reviews shall soon follow.  This is the first series in a while where I’ve been motivated to catch up with all the books. Normally I might read a book or two of something and then move on to another series and come back to read more at a later time, but this has been good enough for me that I just can’t wait.  I am definitely a fan of Jennifer Armentrout’s writing.

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