Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Young Adult / Science Fiction
#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout brings her trademark drama and intrigue to her new Origin series, featuring a girl caught up in a world she doesn't understand, secrets long buried, a betrayal that could tear her life apart...and Armentrout's most swoonworthy book boyfriend yet.
Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity's war with the aliens. When she's caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...
The Darkest Star is the first installment in a brand new series called Origin by author Jennifer L. Armentrout. This new series features 17-year old Evelyn (Evie) Dasher who lives in a world where 4 years ago, aliens invaded the planet and killed 3% of the world's population. Thanks to an Alien race called Luxen, the world was saved from complete extinction. Some of you already know this, but this is actually a spin-off from the authors Lux series. Does this mean you should that series first? I won't say no since there are some characters who do appear as much older versions of themselves, but I think you can get by without doing so.
So, Evie and her friend Heidi decide to go to this club called "Foretoken" where Heidi is supposed to meet a girl that she has fallen for. Evie is actually breaking all the rules since this club is known for having the sexy, gorgeous, beautiful aliens called Luxen hanging out there. Evie meets Luc, who like Daemon in the original series, is hot as sin, and as sarcastic as they come. He is also something that Daemon never was. an Origin. To say that he is rude from the moment that they meet, is mild. He is downright hostile and claims she is breaking an unsaid agreement.
When the club is raided by ART (Alien Response Task Force) and their drones, Evie and Luc are able to escape without getting caught. Evie doesn't know what unwritten rule she apparently broke by going to the club. She can't actually ask her mother or fear being grounded. Evie's world is turned upside down when things she thought she knew, are things that are far from the truth. As Evie struggles to keep her distance from Luc, girls from her school go missing & are found dead in and around the school.
Luc knows things about Evie, that is killing him in not bursting out and telling Evie about what he knows about her past. As the duo dances the tango around each other, and Luc does tell Evie about things her own mother hasn't told her, Evie is being stalked by someone extremely dangerous and it will only be a matter of time before things explode. Can Luc save Evie before it's late? When Evie learns the real truth about her past, will she run away, or stand and fight?
I have it on good authority that Luc was just a young boy in the original series, while in this story, he is 18, and not only running Foretoken, but also some other endeavors off the book. I will give one thing away, YES, a certain character does make a guest appearance in this book. ::lips are sealed:: I also have it on good authority that Evie was the ill girl from the original series which is why I suggest, but don't demand that you read the entire first series before jumping into this story.
One of the things that drove me nuts is the not knowing. The secrets that everyone seems to know, including Evie's mother Colonel Sylvia Dasher, about deals and the past and Evie's part in what happened 4 years ago. The relationship between Evie and Luc is a bit on the hot and cold side. Luc is also pretty darn funny at times especially when it comes to his teasing of Evie and his relationship with Sylvia. Meanwhile, Evie is pretty vanilla for a character. There's really nothing special about her. She's just a human. She's not a hybrid. She's not a Luxen. She's not a Luxen or worse, an Aren.
The best part of this story was the mystery. When the mystery is revealed, and the villain is named, readers of the original series will smirk knowing that he is very familiar. I think it's fair to say that there are a whole lot of questions that haven't been explained, and plot points that were intentionally left unsolved until the next installment in this series. So many questions about the villain of this books warning of things to come.