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?
It's no secret I absolutely love Jennifer's work, most especially her Lux series. After the way the last book ended, I was feeling a lot of things and to say I really wanted the next book is a huge understatement, I, therefore, had a lot of ideas on how Origin would go. Surprisingly enough pretty much everything I predicted never happened, and I'm beyond relieved because it was all bad case scenarios.
Throughout the Lux series I've always admired Kat for her strength, when faced with the unknown humans tend to freak out but she always took everything in stride. However it wasn't until reading Origin my admiration for Kat went above and beyond, as Jennifer takes us through the manner in which Daedalus use Luxens and Hybrids. After the way the last book ended I thought I was going to kill someone, or at least cause bodily harm because I couldn't comprehend how Jennifer could end it like that. Well played Miss Armentrout, well played. What Kat has to go thought had me in a mess of tears with each gut-wrenching scene that passed, and I really don't know how Kat did it, just when I thought she could endure no more she came out swinging. Most people would have long ago given up, but her strong will had her representing how when confronted with the wrong you should do all you can to fight for the right. I'm in awe of her. I also loved the fact that she was still herself, in the sense of the way her inner monologue ran, it made me smile and occasionally laugh.
Freaking out and getting pummeled with onyx wasn’t going to help me. Neither was breaking down in hysterics and finding a corner to rock in. It was hard— probably the hardest thing I’d ever done— but I pulled it together.
“What about school? You want an uneducated hybrid running amuck? What about my mom? My friends? What about my life? My blog?” Okay, my blog was seriously the least of my worries, but dammit, it was important to me.
“You’re more important.” The moment those words came out of my mouth, I knew they were true. Family had always come first for me, and Kat was a part of my family— a bigger part. She was my future.
I caught the tear with a kiss. “And I’m not going to let you do this by yourself. You’re my— you’re my everything, Kat.” At the sound of her soft inhale, I smiled again. “Come on, Kitten, did you really expect anything less from me? I love you.”
That's not to say there weren't some awesome parts in the book, like I said Jennifer surprises us at every turn and some of them are good. Real good. Like smiling so much your face aches good. The scenes between Kat and Daemon are where you'll feel this the most, I was jumping around, screaming, dancing and clapping like a complete loon. But seriously these good surprises overshadowed all the bad and sadness that had gone on. I loved those moments and craved more, they had me going all childish and squealing. I guess if Kat and Daemon are together, regardless of what happens I'll be happy.
“You’re mental.” My hands flattened against the small of her back, and I pulled her close.
“I have something really corny to say. Get ready for it.”
She traced the line of my jaw. “I’m ready.”
“I’m mental for you.”
I give this book 5 achingly well deserved stars, and recommend to all. Origin will have you on an emotional roller-coaster that will leave you with one heck of a book hangover, and questioning everything you thought you knew about the Luxen, Arum and Daedalus. Jennifer's writing flows effortlessly throughout the book, never giving you a moments break, keeping you on the edge of your seat, holding your breath with anticipation, swooning like a lovesick teen and falling hopelessly in love with the characters. Jennifer's cliffhanger ending will leave you an emotional wreck, and climbing the walls for the final book. Because nothing is for certain anymore.