Review | Origin by Jennifer L Armentrout

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?


I really don't know how to start off this review. I'm truly and utterly disappointed. If you read my reviews for the previous three books, I loved them. They truly were the best of everything. Origin, for some reason, falls completely off the rails for everything that I did like about them.

Firstly, this book was boring. I said it. I went there. About 90% of this book is switched unnecessarily between Katy and Daemon when they're in the same place, doing the same stuff, even in the same scene and they switch POV. I feel like this POV switch is what really let this book down. I'm not a big fan of changing a books structure in this way, but I'm not opposed. Here, I'm opposed.

There was never a real need for Daemon's POV unless you liked to know that our supposed hot head is more like a marsh mellow. Crunchy on the outside, mushy on the in. It was... boring. I'm sorry, but it truly was. I skimmed a lot of it, particularly either the possessive or lovey-dovey parts (which made up about 98% of his portion). 

Katy, sadly was no better. I feel like Armentrout really missed a part where she could have developed Katy and shown her vulnerable and building herself back up to truly be independent and strong. Katy went through some serious moments, and yet it was like the moment Daemon turned up everything was peachy. It shouldn't have been. If you've read the book, I'm referring to the "test" of all tests. You don't do that and come out of it okay. 

The second thing that extremely bothered were two things: marriage and pregnancy.

I had the biggest suspicion of pregnancy when the product of a human and Luxen were explained. In short: Origins, who are even better than Luxen. 

I just feel like those are two things that were completely and utterly thrown into the mix unnecessarily. This book was a light sci-fi romance. Not YA with NA issues. That's what NA is for (at least that's my opinion).

And you know what? I'm so over cliffhangers! 

I don't mean to sound so negative, but book was a major let down. No plot, no character development, romance that made my eyes roll, and topics to make this book seem "heavier" that really just weren't necessary.

I'll probably read the next book, just to see what happens though.


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