She deserves a medal, the woman. Seriously. I’m talking about JLA. I don’t think I’ve encountered an author that writes so much (do you sleep, Jen? Eat? Go to the bathroom?) as much as she does, and pretty much all her words are awesome. Whether they’re fantasy, alien, romance, adult or even her grocery list.
Opal kinda ended with what many people thought is their lives ending. Katy was captured by the Daedalus and Daemon as expected wanted to tear the world apart.
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?
So as if it wasn’t obvious the entire Lux fandom was on pins and needles for this book, let me expand on that: the pins were very pointy and the needles so sharp, I felt like a pin cushion and a strainer rolled into one.
The book alternates between Katy’s and Daemon’s POVs.
Daemon is restrained in the community by the elders (evils, the lot of them, that’s my stand and I’m sticking with it) in what could only be described as a prison. After a while he manages to escape and all but runs to Katy. Ok, so he makes a pitstop at Luc’s club and gets a little bit of help (or guidance) and also meets Hunter. Remember him? From Obsession? Noms.
Pretty much walking into the DOD facility where Katy was captured, he bargains with the Daedalus that he’ll cooperate if they take him to Katy. And so we find ourselves in Area 51, Nevada, a.k.a. Extraterrestrial Zone. Nothing but desert and hidden aliens, a little like Vegas.
Anyway, upon arrival in the facility Katy is put through the ringer with tests, She’s beaten up and mentally abused (and we also find out what’s going on with Blake the bastard who betrayed them and got Katy captured) and all of that in the guise of helping humanity. Chyeah!! She’s shown a few groups in the facility, volunteers of both human and Luxen kind, that are practically medical guinea pigs. And she’s always escorted by Archer. A hottie of a bodyguard. Kinda. Just remember – The Olive Garden.
When Daemon arrives and sees Katy (cue tears of joy from me) he is tested right along with her, to verify they are connected on a molecular level. And to do that, the most horrific scenario is executed. All, of course, in the name of humanity. Once confirmed they are, in fact, share the best possible bond of the hybrid-luxen kind, they are shown something else. The babies. <— SCREAMS!!!
And that’s when all hell breaks loose.
The Daedalus fills their minds with stories that may or may not have truth in them, and that’s something both Katy and Daemon need to decide what to do with. Question is: will they do the right thing? Will they trust someone other than themselves? Will we ever find out what Luc is? Hmm….
Something happens that I’ve been waiting for since Obsidian. Just take it from me – if you have a bad feeling about a character, or you dislike it for some reason – well… the reason is revealed at some point. Vague, I know *evil cackle*
The first half of the book deals with Katy and Daemon in the hands of the Daedalus, which is no small feat. The second half of the book… oh my god – just buckle up and enjoy the ride; it’s filled with loops and sharp turns.
I’m saying nothing more since this whole book is one GIANT spoiler, but take my word for it, it’s awesome.
This world created by JLA is pure brilliance and she just knows how to tell a story. The story is coming to its conclusion with the next and final book, Opposition, which will be released in 2014. CANNOT. WAIT.
This is one messy review, but my mind is so jumbled…. I just realized I didn’t say anything about Daemon. DAEMON BLACK is everything one wants in an alien. His character has developed so much since Obsidian, it’s pretty amazing when you think about it. He’s just perfect with his arrogance and general hotness.
In short… this book gets from me:
# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.
All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.
Well, mostly. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.
She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.
Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.