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?
Let’s make sure everyone is clear before diving into this review: I love this series. I love Katy, I love Daemon, I love the cheesy phrasing and the book blogging, I even love the creeptastic US government as the villain. The whole thing just works for me and I think Jennifer Armentrout is pretty much brilliant for creating this world and sustaining the story perfectly over so many books. That being said, as my three year-old would say, Origin was not my favorite.
After the gut-wrenching cliffhanger in Opal, I was dying to find out what was going to happen next. I could so clearly see in my mind the doors in Mt. Weather closing between Daemon and Katy and I just knew it wasn’t going to end well. Armentrout starts us off right after that moment. Katy is being held captive by Daedalus and Daemon is plotting how to save her, ready to take down the whole world if he needs to. We learn a ton more about Daedalus and what their motives are and what they think the ultimate outcomes will be between humans and Luxen, which begins to plant little seeds in the reader’s head about what might come in the finale.
Any more plot would be spoilers, so that’s all you get from me. Let’s start with what I didn’t care for. This book is way more action-packed than the previous three. I can get down with a good action scene, but too many and you lose me. This is a personal preference – most other reader don’t seem to have an issue with it though. The book is also very long and meanders in places, particularly the first half. We get a good deal of information, canon if you will, and while it isn’t a giant info-dump, it didn’t hold my interest as it probably should have. The setting of the first portion changes the characters – as it should have, I’m not complaining about that at all – but it made me miss their old selves. We get introduced to a new character, Archer, who I would have liked more development for, but I’m guessing that’s coming in Opposition.
On to the positives! This is where Armentrout takes the story up a notch. We’re no longer dealing with something weird in small-town West Virginia. She brought in the big guns. It goes from a fun story to a fun AND serious story very quickly. I loved the development of Katy and Daemon’s relationship and seeing how it continued to evolve over time and with circumstances. I was touched by their unfailing devotion to each other, while still maintaining the witty banter and, um, spice. Though we don’t see nearly as much of the other Luxen I’ve come to know and adore as I would have liked, they’re key to the story and as great as ever. There were some bits that I felt were predictable – especially the even bigger cliffhanger at the end (I can’t be the only one that saw that coming, can I?) – but everything plot-wise really worked. A lot of the character actions happen in Origin because the characters are up against the wall, without another choice, and the reader could very much feel that tension as the decisions were made.
My very favorite part of this series, always has been, is the characters. Even the small ones are unique and fresh and funny and they never fail to keep me engaged. As mentioned above, some of them are different when placed in new, difficult situations, but that’s to be expected. Now that the gauntlet has been thrown and Katy and Daemon and crew are going to be faced with the ultimate test, I can’t wait to see what happens!
3.5 – my least favorite of the series, but still great and definitely worth reading. If you’re a fan, you’ll be satisfied, and if you haven’t read this series yet, why the heck not??
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