Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout Book Review

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Blurb:

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?


Wow.  Although Origin in a literary sense may not be the best written book, Jennifer L. Armentrout has a talent for creating characters and plot twists that completely entice the reader.  This series is certainly a page turner, and I was constantly left in awe.  Since this book is the fourth instalment in the Lux series, I decided that once again I would have a two part review and Part I will be spoiler-free and explain the premise of the series, and part II will have spoilers and will directly dive into Origin.

Part I:  This series follows Katy Swartz.  Two years after her father died of cancer, Katy and her mother leave Florida for a small town in West Virginia. This town is home to aliens and seems to be the setting for one of the paranormal books Katy reviews on her own blog.  These Aliens are not repulsive, ugly, green creatures, but rather they are ridiculously attractive, like her neighbor/ hot alien, Daemon Black.  When Daemon Black was introduced to the story, I got a little bit weary because everything started to get really twilighty, but if you too get hesitant push through the similarities.  To cut it short, Daemon Black is an incredibly good-looking boy who is like Edward Cullen 2.0.  Not only is Daemon much moodier than Edward, but he also is a lot more hostile towards Katy.  However, while Katy thinks that Daemon is simply rude and arrogant, his outward hostility is just his attempt to protect his family from the dangers of interacting with humans… His attempts are futile.

Before she knows it, Katy becomes wrapped up in Daemon’s world because of her friendship with Dee, Daemon’s sister.  Although Daemon tries to ignore Katy, his action of saving her life results in her becoming lit up like a Christmas tree, for all the Arum to be attracted to.  Arum are also Aliens, but unlike Luxen which are beings of light, Arum are beings of darkness and shadows.  Now that Katy is susceptible to Arum attacks, she is launched into a new world of danger.  Arum are not the biggest of her worries though, Katy also faces the government who will do anything to get her. Katy and Daemon’s journey is one stained with adversity and hardship, but maybe with each other’s help, they can survive the mess they created.

Part II: (Beware of Spoilers:  If you haven’t read Origin leave and then come back after you read it and discuss it with us!)

I really enjoyed the dual point of view in this book.  This seems to be a new trend in YA, having later books in a series have more than one perspective, but I was a little weary of it at first.  Reading Allegiant by Veronica Roth has scarred me forever, and thus when I first saw this had Daemon’s perspective as well, I immediately got worried about another Tris situation happening. In reality, Daemon’s point of view was necessary because he and Katy were separated during the beginning of the book. I also really enjoyed reading about Katy from Daemon’s perspective because the audience got to see that under his hard exterior, he deeply loved and cared for Katy.

In Origin, we truly got to see Daedalus in all of its bright and dark moments.  When Sergeant Dasher explained to Katy that Daedalus was not the enemy, I responded exactly as Katy did by refusing to believe this.  However, when we discover that a Luxen prepared to kill thousands of humans on the golden gate bridge, and there are thousands of other Luxen who also want to take over Earth, my resolve started breaking.  I almost completely fell into Daedalus’ spell when they said that Luxen DNA was going to be used to fight deadly diseases.  However, the second they hurt Katy to see if Daemon could heal her I was whisked back to the reality of what that organization was; a corrupt justification for the government’s power-lust.  Furthermore, a twist I never saw coming was the government’s creation of Origins which are offspring of hybrids and Luxen.  After we learned about Origins so many small pieces started clicking into place, it explained Luc’s powers, and it explained why Archer was compassionate and sympathetic towards Daemon and Katy.

When Katy, Daemon, and Archer broke out of Area 51, I was literally on the edge of my seat, reading with super-human speed.  I thought it was so risky and rash when they set the younger Origins lose for a diversion, and while I can understand the necessity to escape, it was such a dangerous feat.  As Katy, Daemon, and Archer run from Area 51 and are met by Swat Teams, I was almost as horrified as Katy was by the carnage.  When she is forced to shoot the soldier, I was able to feel the guilt and horror of her actions with her, and I think this is a testament to Jennifer L. Armentrout’s amazing storytelling ability.

Something that really bothered me during the time in which Daemon and Katy are reunited with Daemon’s family at Matthew’s friend’s house was when Daemon and Katy decide to just run off and get married.  I guess that all of the threats of not knowing what tomorrow will hold, forced them to adopt a more intense approach to their relationship, but their decision to get married was a little off putting. This by no means killed the whole book for me, but I feel like they should have waited to ensure that they truly wanted to get married, because this decision could simply be due to the possibility that they could be separated from one another once again in the blink of an eye.

Matthew’s betrayal killed me a little bit.  Katy said earlier in the novel that she and Daemon keep trusting the wrong people, and it keeps blowing up in their faces, therefore, I was so upset that this happened yet again.  This wound left an even deeper scar than the others because Matthew was their family.  I wish I could say that I loathe Matthew, but I can understand why he betrayed Daemon and Katy; he just wanted to protect the majority of his family. Logically it makes sense that two individuals should not compromise the safety of a group… but still… they were family!!!

Similar to the scene in which Daemon, Katy, and Archer escape Area 51, the group’s fight with Daedalus was a nail-biting, on the edge of your seat read!  When Daemon suggested that they reveal to the normal humans that Aliens existed, I wasn’t sure that they would actually go through with it, but when they did it was so intense.  I was so shocked when Daedalus began incapacitating the  humans all in an endeavor to keep the knowledge that Aliens existed a secret because it truly revealed the twisted priorities of the government. While this fight scene was really enthralling I thought there were too many unnecessary deaths.  I honestly do not think Ashley’s, Paris’s, and Andrew’s demises added anything to the story.

The last thing I want to discuss is the cliffhanger and WHAT A CLIFFHANGER THIS WAS! Until all the Luxen started coming down from the sky, I didn’t exactly grasp that Daemon had essentially started a War between the Luxen and the humans! I am so excited to see what direction  Jennifer L Armentrout will take this cliffhanger, all while hopefully giving Katy and Daemon the happily ever after that they so justly deserve.

Overall I really LOVED Origin, and the Lux Series is well on its way to becoming my favorite sci-fi series of all time.  I am really excited for the fifth book Opposition to come out, and I can’t wait to see how it wraps up the series!

That is all for today! I would love to know your thoughts on Origin and the cliffhanger!

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