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?
I’m not going to beat around the bush, but I definitely should have read this book when it came out. Unfortunately I was really nervous because well…the ending of Opal was like being sucker punched in the heart. Reading Origin…well, I would equate that to a slow descent into a swimming pool. I know that’s a strange analogy but bear with me. When I first started reading Origin I started slowly, I mean, Opal took a completely different direction than it’s predecessors. The first two books spent a lot of time focused on Katy and Daemon (and their families/friends/etc) developing a relationship beyond total distaste towards one another. It was a cute boy-girl next door story. Opal blew the lid right off that. It was obvious that the government controlled much of the Luxens’ lives but Opal went above and beyond conspiracy theories to some really heavy issues. Once I got about 50 pages in I pretty much jumped right in.
***IF YOU HAVE NOT READ OPAL TURN BACK NOW. You have been warned.***
Katy’s been taken and Daemon has vowed to literally “burn the world down to save her.” I don’t blame him one bit. If someone stole the person I loved most in the world you better believe I’d do whatever it took to get him back. Granted, I’m not an alien with some seriously awesome abilities but still. And Katy, she’s just struggling to survive and hold onto her humanity. I felt really bad for Daemon but I felt worse for Katy. I couldn’t believe the things she was forced to endure and participate in. And when certain incidents occur she blames herself but I don’t blame her at ALL. That might make me seem a little cold hearted but seriously, the things they did to her were horrible. But as always, Katy is a survivor. She is strong and brave and is one of the few female heroines who doesn’t sink into a pit of self-pity when things don’t go her way.
While Katy is inside she sort of befriends (to the extent she can since trust isn’t going to be easily gained) Archer, her escort and security guard, and I have to say he may very well be one of my favorite characters in this whole series. He’s so funny and a bit clueless about the world since he’s been in Area 51 (teehee, the irony of aliens being kept in Roswell is not lost on me) pretty much his entire life. Archer is a mystery, he’s not exactly nice to Katy but he’s not cruel like the others. He’s also really quick-witted which is pretty entertaining, especially when he meets Daemon. For example:
“As close as you’re riding me, man, I feel like I need to take you out to dinner or something. At least, I should get your name.” He punched in a floor number, smirking.
“People call me Archer.”
I loved the reunion between Katy and Daemon, it was full of emotion and I’m getting a little teary-eyed just thinking about it. I love them. I even loved the alternating POV between them throughout the book, something I’m not always a fan of. Katy’s snark and wit held true, even when she was under extreme duress and it was nice to see Daemon’s vulnerability for once. It’s always been apparent in the previous books but I loved being inside his head for once and seeing what he thinks and how he feels from his perspective. But don’t worry, Origin is full of the usual Daemon snark, witty one-liners, and occasional cheesy remarks.
I have to say, I couldn’t believe the ending Opal. I expected something really catastrophic to happen but honestly, I thought Daemon would be the one captured. I didn’t think JLA could surprise me anymore than she did with that ending. I was SO WRONG. I don’t know why I expected less. JLA is phenomenal at writing YA PNR/Sci-Fi. I’m always on the edge of my seat, furiously flipping pages, and literally gasping and laughing out loud. Origin surprised me in so many ways – the good, the bad, and the ugly. I laughed, I cried, I said “awww” a lot. It was a wonderful story from start to finish. I think Origin could have been a real let-down and I’m glad it wasn’t. I highly recommend it and the entire Lux series. It is one of my FAVORITES.
Some favorite lines:
“I want a years-worth of seconds and minutes with you. I want a decade’s worth of hours, so many that I can’t add them up.”
“Oh shit. ET just phoned home.”
“ Jesus H. Mary mother of Christ in crutches, came Daemon’s voice.
I’m not sure that’s how it goes, I told him.”