Friday, 30 August 2013

Review: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Origin (Lux #4)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release date: August 27th 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Format: eBook
Pages: 311

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?

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?
"I'll burn the world down to save her."
I don't even know how to start. I was totally and utterly speechless after I finished this beauty of a book, and I'm not sure I'll ever have the right words to describe everything this book made me feel. Origin is by far one of the best books I've ever read, and that's saying something! The fact that I read this book within a few hours all in one go without any major breaks shows how drawn into this book I was. I loved every second of it. And do I regret spending my entire evening on this and not even giving my homework a glance? Definitely not!

Firstly I want to say that I now understand the change in the cover theme. At first I didn't like that it was different, but now it totally fits. The previous three books are in an entirely different league from this one. Even Opal is tame compared to Origin! If you've read Opal but not this one yet, you'll be like WHAAT. But it'll all make sense when you read this one, trust me.

So we all know where Opal left off. I mean, I'm pretty sure that moment has been ingrained in our brains forever as one of the cruelest cliffhangers in YA history! Origin starts off about a month after, and it's in dual POV. Daemon's fury knows no bounds, and we get to see the extent he'll go to, so he can save Kat. Katy, on the other hand, is with Daedalus, and she discovers so many secrets that she'd never dreamed of. And she's hurting like hell. She needs Daemon, and he needs her. But when they finally find each other, everything changes. I'm serious, Origin is a total game changer. I can't believe the amount of shocks and twists Jennifer put into this book, it's incredible!

I felt for Katy so, so much in this. She's being tortured, and I hate seeing that. The thing I love most about her is her strength and resilience, and I'm so glad that she hasn't lost that. Katy makes some big decisions in this - some thought out, some rash ones. I don't blame her for any of them, and I in fact agree whole-heartedly with most of them! Katy and Daemon's relationship clearly grows in this book, because for once they're really honest with each other. (Not completely, but they gotta keep at least some secrets, right?)

And Daemon. Oh my God. He's like a glowing embodiment of wrath itself when he's trying to find Katy. Nothing, and I mean nothing, can stand in his way. I found it so ironic how he and Katy have switched places with Dawson and Bethany. In this book, it's Dawson who's trying to stop Daemon from risking his life to go save Kat from Daedalus. But of course he can't stop Daemon. No one can. Daemon's so freaking amazing in this book, I can't even... He's just so perfect. He's fierce, protective, sweet, and oh so romantic. And of course, he hasn't lost his ginormous ego or his snark, which is awesome! But seriously, what surprised me most was how incredibly sweet he was. We get to see inside his head for half the book, and I loved everything I saw in there. Every time he tells Kat he loves her, my heart melted. He cares for Kat more than anything in the world, and his love for her brings tears to my eyes, it really does. You want proof? Chapter 24. That's all I'm going to say.

I'm so relieved that Dee is back. She's not exactly the same as before, but she's definitely back. I loved seeing her with Katy, because she's forgiven her, and they're back to being best friends. And I surprisingly liked Andrew in this one, too. Dawson's great, since he has Beth back, and seeing the two of them together is really sweet too. Beth isn't the same as she used to be, because of everything Daedalus has done to her. But I think she's getting there, and that's all that matters.

There's a new character introduced in this book, and he's already one of my favourites. Archer is fantastic! Right from the start, I knew I was going to like him, and over the course of the novel, I began to love him. He's quite an enigma, so I loved trying to figure him out. Archer's got quite a lot of talents. He's different, and you get to see the extent of that. I seriously cannot wait for more of Archer in the final book, Opposition

I will have to warn you, though. Jennifer definitely doesn't have any qualms about killing people off. Seriously. So many die in this one, and I can't say I liked that. I didn't want that many to die! I felt maybe a couple of them were unnecessary. But all of it probably has a role in the final book, so I'm looking forward to seeing that.

I really don't want to say much about the plot, because I don't want to give away even the tiniest thing about it. I'll just say that you find out what an Origin is, and there are like a gazillion plot twists in this. This is what I call a true book roller coaster! All the dynamics have changed by the end of Origin, and though the ending isn't what you'd call a cliffhanger, it's pretty damn huge. And it makes the wait for Opposition a real torture. I have absolutely no idea what to expect from the final book, because I didn't see any of this coming!

All in all, I freaking adored this book. It all changes here, all of it. Origin sets the stage for what I know will be an exceptionally climatic finale, and I can't wait to find out the endgame. Even though I'm scared for it all to end. Daemon and Katy have weaseled their way into my heart, and I desperately want them to have a happy ending. Please, Jennifer, make it happen!

Rating: 4.5/5


  1. I absolutely loved this book as well - I adored Archer and I was so shocked and saddened by the number of deaths :( I have no idea what the outcome will be at the end of it all.

    A wonderful review Richa! :)

  2. Completely agree with your thoughts on this book! For me, the series really started to pick up in Opal. I liked Obsidian and Onyx but Opal and Opposition were OMFG kinda good!!!! I've been browsing your reviews and we have very similar taste in books!

  3. Scratch that Opposition was 'Origin,' Opposition is the next book that comes out :P


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