My Review of Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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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! Just wow! Just when I thought Jen couldn’t be more of an outstanding author, she goes and writes something like Origin and simply blows me away with the sheer awesomeness of it. Is it possible to love every line, no every sentence, no every WORD, that is in this book?! Because I did! SO much happens in this book, it just blows your mind. I’ll say it, it’s definitely *bookishly* life-changing! Origin is a heart-stopping, breathtaking, action-packed bundle of EPIC all rolled into about 400 pages, with a captivating cover, to boot! An unputdownable book at its finest!
Oh, those first few chapters, really got me going. I swear, I usually don’t get all choked up and feeling all “the feels”, but Jen had me feeling the whole rainbow of emotions, back and forth, as I read this book. Jen really makes you feel everything that Katy goes through while stuck in Daedalus. A lot of the questions you’ve had about this organization and the Luxen are answered in this book and you get to see all the sides to this inevitable showdown that will beg the question – What side are you on? Sure, there were parts that I saw coming a mile away, but they were parts that I knew just HAD TO happen to make the story great and I was so happy to see Jen lay it all out there in this installment. There were some minor surprises throughout the book and I have to say, Jen seriously didn’t hold anything back here. Be forewarned, there are a LOT of deaths and dark stuff that happens in this book, but Jen adds her touch of humor and lightness when needed to keep you feeling all the emotions like I did. Although there are some new characters, and a few from the past, that make appearances, for the most part, you get a TON of Daemon and Katy in this book, which I definitely won’t complain about.
Without a doubt, my favorite part of this book was Daemon and Katy’s relationship. Or, more importantly, all of Daemon’s POVs. It’s pretty much why we’re all here, am I right?! Getting to be in his head for more than a moment here and there was absolute bliss! I loved seeing his anguish and pain while he was separated from Katy. I reveled in his joy when they were reunited. I laughed my ass off at his insane jokes and thoughts regarding his surroundings and situations. But more than that, I really loved how their relationship grew and developed in this book. They go through a crapload of crazy in Origin, which truly tests the depths of their love and, with the good and bad parts, I’m so insanely ecstatic with how Jen handled it all. There were just so many touching and heartfelt moments between these two crazy characters, and one scene that really tore at my heart a little, I just loved every minute of them together. Hands down, one of my favorite YA couples ever!
Origin is truly a knock-out, keep you at the edge of your seat, leaves you holding you breath in excitement, and has you cemented to the each and every page kind of book! It is all that, and more! Without a doubt, the best book I’ve read from Jen so far, and easily my favorite in the series to date. I literally ate, slept, and breathed Origin for the short amount of time I read it, because let’s face it, you know damn well I couldn’t put this book down. I did my best to savor every last word in this book, but really, it was just too good not to devour whole. If there’s only ONE book you even consider reading this year, it HAS TO be Origin!