Series: Lux, #5
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Summary: Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.
She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.
Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.
They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.
War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing. -Goodreads
rambling review will contain spoilers. It may also be jumbled, because I literally just finished the book. Mah feelz, man.**
I knew I would love this series when I read the first book, Obsidian. I read the book in about a day, as it was during a time when my internet access was very limited. But, man, that was a good book. And so were the books that came to follow.
I’ve been waiting for Opposition for a pretty long time. I was lucky enough to read the series when the first four books had been released, but I’ve been waiting since February for Opposition. That’s a long wait for a Jennifer L. Armentrout book.
Finding the book early, though? That just made me so freaking happy. So happy. Let’s just cut to the chase, though. This’ll be a gif-y review, which I haven’t done in a while…
Before I started reading the book, I decided to read the last chapter of Origin to refresh my memory on what had happened. And oh boy, was it chaos.
We were reminded of the deaths from the previous book, which was pretty hard to think about. We lost quite a few great characters. Gahh.
Beth reminded me of Bella from Breaking Dawn, all pregnant and scary. If you’ve read (or seen) Breaking Dawn, you know what I’m talking about. You know. That can’t go unseen. *shudder* Actually, I think JLA might have made a Breaking Dawn reference on page 345, which is toward the end of the book. I’m not sure, though, so check it out, and let me know. Beth and Dawson named their child after Ash, which was just incredible. I loved that. She kind of had Renesme qualities, so maybe it had been a BD reference.
Is it bad that I was kind of shipping Archer and Katy for a second? Don’t answer that, I know it was bad. I love Daemon, don’t get me wrong, but Archer and Katy are so freaking hilarious.
This is probably literally the only thing that annoys me about Armentrout’s writing: the constant description about how someone’s eyelashes lowered or lifted, rather than saying, “she looked up at me,” she would say, “her thick lashes lifted.” And that’s cool, nothing wrong with that. Unless you’re using the lashes thing throughout the entire series.
Something similar went on every time there was a description of Daemon smirking or something. “The corner of his lips kicked up,” or something similar to that description.
Okay, when Katy found Dawson, thinking he was Daemon, and then he attacked her, I was like, “OMG, WHAT’S GOING ON, WHAT DID HE DO TO HER, IS SHE DEAD?”
That last one was illogical, but this is why I needed to reread a bit of Origin, because I’d kind of forgotten some details.
I knew I didn’t like Sadi the sadist, and Rolland the moment we met them.
Especially when Sadi was all over Daemon.
When Daemon found Katy for the first time since leaving her… THE FEELS. And he was healing her and everything. *dreamy sigh*
KATY IS THE QUEEN OF COMEBACKS, I SWEAR, I WISH I HAD HER MOUTH.
I couldn’t believe what had happened to Dee. She was, like, taunting Katy about Sadi the sadist and Daemon, and I was like, “Nooo, what happened?!” But, when Katy and Dee were full on having a girl-fight, and Katy kept trying to talk to Dee (she made Harry Potter references, too—”Jesus. It’s like I’m a muggle to your pure-blood or something.”) and Dee snapped out of her evil trance, it was just so… so heartbreaking because of the way Dee felt, but Katy was such an amazing friend to put her life at risk so Daemon didn’t have to hurt his own sister, and so she could hopefully remind Dee of who she was. Amazing. (You can find this scene on pages 260-261.)
And when Katy called out to Daemon in the meeting room… and he ignored her. Like, no. Just—no.
So when Sadi the sadist had her hands all over Daemon, Katy was like, “Get your hands off him,” even though Daemon had “rejected” her seconds before. Okay, that was really heartbreaking, I don’t know about you…
I was so shocked when we found out that Sadi the sadist was an origin. Like, what?
Okay, so when Katy was in the limo with Sadi and Rolland, and she realized that her thoughts were being read… the twerking thing… I DIED. XD
When Luc (he was one of my favorite characters) said Nancy Husher had to tell Daemon and Katy something, I thought it was going to be that Katy might be pregnant, because there had been some speculation about that, especially since we found out that Beth was pregnant. But it turned out that instead of Katy dying when Daemon died (or vice versa), I think it was that even if one of them died, the other would still live. I’m not sure if I got that right though, as there were a few moments during the book when I was a bit confused.
I loved the squabbling that went on between Daemon and Archer. Daemon was obviously jealous of Archer (though he’d be jealous if Katy hugged a tree—’cause he’s needy like that. xD), but their conversations were so hilarious. They argued about The Walking Dead and all sorts of random stuff, and I loved it. Even Katy said Daemon and Archer had a bromance that would end all bromances (p. 269)! It totally lightened the mood of the book, despite the fact that their situation was grave. The book actually kind of reminded me of Angelfall, though Opposition isn’t futuristic. Throughout the book, it feels apocalyptic, but in the end, the conclusion I came to was that it wasn’t apocalyptic. It was like… the anti-apocalypse.
**Spoilers for The Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks… and a rant alert should be inserted here…*
“If we really are safe here, you’d leave this to go into a nest of vipers to get my sister out?”
“Do you really have to ask that question? You know I would.”
Daemon walked to where I sat. “I wouldn’t want you to put yourself in danger.”
“I’m sure as hell not staying behind if you run off to go find her.”
One side of his lips kicked up, and it was amazing how a simple half smile could twist my insides. “I didn’t think you would, and I wouldn’t leave you here. Where I go, you go, and vice versa. You’re not getting rid of me for any length of time that easily.”
“Glad we actually agree on that.” Not too long ago, Daemon would’ve tried to shelter me, but I think he’d learned that didn’t work out very well. -p. 141-142, Katy’s POV
In my review of Of Neptune, I talked about how I didn’t like the relationship between the main characters Emma and Galen. There are some similarities between that relationship and Katy and Daemon’s. The girls are very sassy (though I think Katy’s sassier), sarcastic, don’t take crap, etc. The guys are more on the possessive side. There are even some similarities about the characters in general: Emma and Katy both lost their fathers, Galen and Daemon are apart of entirely different races (to put it simply, fish and alien, respectively), and in the end, there’s a bit of hesitation about whose side they should stand on when the war comes along: their own people’s, or beside the girl they love.
Both Emma and Katy believe themselves to be “rare.” They’re not totally a different species, but they’re not entirely human, either. They both think they’re one of the few people like them, when in reality, there are a lot more than they think.
The difference between the romantic relationships of Emma and Galen and Katy and Daemon is that Galen saw and treated Emma like a “damsel in distress,” like she couldn’t take care of herself. This went on throughout the series.
Daemon did this, too, but he backed off tremendously as the series progressed. There are several times when Katy is fighting and Daemon stands back (or is doing his thing while fighting) in awe, Daemon is impressed, he recognizes that Katy is fully capable of doing a lot.
I appreciate that.
“You’re not weak, Kitten. You’ve never been weak, before or after the mutation.“ -p. 143
**End of spoilers for The Syrena Legacy**
LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT WHOLE SCENE WITH THE ARUM. THAT WAS FREAKING AWFUL.
Katy, Daemon, and Archer sought help to defeat the Luxen from the Arum leader, Lotho. He agreed to help, if he could feed on Katy. This is when Daemon got super possessive, and Katy wouldn’t have it. She wanted to save the world, and she was going to do nearly everything it took to get the Arums’ help.
So she was going to let Lotho feed on her. In the end, he didn’t actually do it, because apparently, he only feeds on Luxen, and Katy was just a hybrid. BUT THEN HE KISSED HER, AND I WAS LIKE, WHAT?
And then Katy was Fifty Shades of Freaking Disturbed.
And then literally right after that, they find out that Nancy went missing. UGH, WHEN DOES IT END?! But, in the end, Nancy was killed, THANK THE GODS… (**Spoilers for Allegiant by Veronica Roth**) but she did manage to get a shot a Daemon with a gun, and after Allegiant, when a main character gets shot, I FREAKING WORRY, MAN. But Daemon was okay, and I was okay, and everyone was okay. (**End of Allegiant spoilers**)
When Katy and Daemon went back to Katy’s house, and she saw the Amazon boxes with books… that hurt. But the mom thing… gods, that was just awful. So much emotion in the characters in this story. I was already sad when she was reunited with her mom, but then to find out she’d been assimilated… Geez, I hadn’t seen that coming. I mean, I had the awful feeling that her mom was going to die, which did, in fact, happen, but I didn’t actually think it would happen. It had been a passing thought in my mind, and for the first time, my assumption for a book was right. Kat had a total breakdown, and I just had to read it several times to let it sink in.
I felt like the final battle was a bit rushed… though that may have been because I stopped reading the book literally just before the battle began. I didn’t pick up the book for a few days because I didn’t want these books to end. We do get an epilogue, though, which was amazingderful and bittersweet and just—gah, so good.
In the end, Katy re-launched her book blog, which meant so much to her, just like my blog means a lot to me. I feel like a lot of bloggers can relate to this (especially if you’re a book blogger). I just love Katy’s character. She is like, the character for us book bloggers. Fantastic. Just awesome. 😀 I was very happy.
This book gets 5/5 stars, and I knew it would be awesome. It’s been ten days since it was released, though I was able to get it three days early. This series has been an amazing journey, and I wish I’d picked it up sooner, but I always seem to be late on the really good series bandwagon (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, all that good stuff). I’m just so glad to have read it and been part of the excitement.
I’ve not read the prequel novella yet, though it’s included in the back of my copy of Opposition. I think I just need some time to think. I need a cutsey contemporary (and Isla was released yesterday, so yay! Definitely getting my copy this Saturday!!) to read just to calm the feels.
I’m also sorry if this review was all mixed up and confusing. At one point, I had so much on my mind about this book, that I just started taking notes on my laptop in a WordPress post, which is this review. I figured, just type out what you want to say. It’ll take less time than writing it out with a pen.
This isn’t really a review, but it’s more of a way for me to release my feels, which is why it’s so long. Thank you for sticking around to read this, though, if you’ve come this far (if you skimmed, that’s cool too XD). Link me to your reviews of this book, because I want to know your thoughts!
Started series: November 16, 2013
Ended series: August 15, 2014
It’s been a long ride.
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P.S., I have a lot of favorite quotes, so I might just do a separate post for that, because my word count is, like… 2309 words, and still counting. Oookay, then. Bye, now!