The Darkest Star

The Darkest Star

by Jennifer L. Armentrout


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#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout brings her trademark drama and intrigue to a new romantic YA science fiction Origin series with The Darkest Star.

In the world of the Lux, secrets thrive, lies shatter, and love is undeniable.

Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity’s war with the Luxen. She was just a kid when it tore her world, and family, apart. Now seventeen, Evie is thrown back into a conflict she wants no part of—and into the path of Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she assumes is a Luxen, but is in fact something much more secret—and much more dangerous.

Her growing attraction to Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, revealing secrets long buried, a life-shattering betrayal, and a romance that just might make it all worth it.

"Highly Anticipated."—Entertainment Weekly


“A Must."—Booklist



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250175717
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Series: Origin Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 192,073
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Lux series and other books for teens and adults. She is a #1 bestseller in Germany and Italy, and a top seller in markets around the world.

Her young adult novels have sold over a million copies since 2011 in the US alone, and have been finalists for the Goodreads Choice Awards and many others. Jennifer lives in West Virginia with her husband and dogs.

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The Darkest Star (Lux: Origin Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the first Lux series and was excited to read this book and continue on to the next journey. However, The Darkest Star did not deliver and seemed to only try and capitalize on the success of the first series. I could not warm up to the main character, Evie. Evie behaved like a spoiled 10 year old and her favorite word “creepy” came to mean more as the story went on. (Seriously, she said it three times on one page and untold numbers throughout the book). I did think it was creepy the way worldly Luc cared for her and wanted to be with her when she seemed so very immature and infantile. Sorry, I wanted to love this book but ended up skimming through to the end because I just wanted it to be over.
CJONES More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved, loved stepping back into the Lux world. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of the previous Lux series. It is a must read. Jennifer hit this one out of the universe. Luc and Evie's story is like crack--you know, if crack was safe and readable. I loved all the new characters. I also loved seeing some beloved old characters make an appearance. I have to admit though that Luc stole the show. His character is charming, brilliant, sarcastic, snarky and just all around awesome (Luc would approve of that description). I found myself just waiting for him to make an appearance when he wasn't around. And he never disappointed. I can't wait for the next installment. Like really, I want it now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything just ends up making sense and love that I got to see evelyn's point of view about Luc but would have loved to see Lucs point of view, But OMG that twist was amazing I ended up laughing as soon as I realized it I am definitely reading the book again with the knowledge I have now!. I need more of luc I hope there's another book coming soon because this was amazing!
alishaluvsdaemon More than 1 year ago
Luc is EVERYTHING! ❤❤❤ I am rating this SUPER high. 10+++++ stars! Maybe I'm biased when it comes to JLA? Because I freaking ADORE the Lux world? These characters? Guilty as charged to all of the above! If you haven't read the Lux series are seriously missing out & what are you waiting for?? Read that series first! Then you'll be able to appreciate ALL that is Luc*-* This book was fan-freaking-tastic! LOVE LOVE LOVE! It was so much fun to read! There are plenty of CUTE CUTE moments! *sighs* Drama, Fun times, LUC & some of our favorite characters from the 'Lux series' *gasps...Daemon* JLA knows how to make us readers have a good time. & make us CRAVE more & LOATHE the wait till the next one ....basically she's Phenomenal! Wrap up: Read this book! (& be prepared to rock in a corner until the next one) Read the Lux series Read ALL her books...
Anonymous 18 days ago
3.5 After loving the Lux series, I decided to give The Darkest Star a go. While I enjoyed Evie, I felt that she was kind of boring and interchangeable with any YA female character. Her banter with Luc was cute, but I kept comparing this book to the Lux series, and I kept finding myself not liking this book as much. The story was kind of slow, and even though stuff happened, it felt like the middle part dragged on a lot. Also, the plot twist was really predictable and I guessed it around page 50. I did like this book enough this book enough to pick the sequel up when it comes out. Getting to know more about Luc was fun, and I loved the little tidbits when characters from the Lux series were in this book, like Katy and Daemon.
HugsandKissesforBooks 3 months ago
Fun, intrigue, mystery, supernatural and sci-fi rolled into one! Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for the opportunity to read and review The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout! Two teenage girls, Evie and Heidi, go into an all-inclusive club and while one is having fun dancing the other one is being interrogated by Luc, who’s being extremely rude. Evie isn’t the least bit impressed with Luc and tells him so. The club gets raided and Luc takes Evie to hide inside a closet with him, claiming to be protecting her. She realizes the next day that she’s lost her phone and it’s probably at the club. She heads back to retrieve her phone, to no avail and from there, the acquaintance with Luc grows into more. In the meantime, the Luxen invasion is described and Origins are explained. Luc and Evie are fun characters, each with distinct personalities and I thoroughly enjoy their banter. This story contains several mysteries, which build then unfold throughout the book. I love the author’s writing and have devoured her realistic fiction novels, The Problem with Forever and If There’s No Tomorrow. The Darkest Star is the first supernatural novel of hers that I’ve read and it’s just as awesome, showing how talented Jennifer L. Armentrout is! Even though many mysteries come into the light, there are still unanswered questions at the ending which leads the reader into the next book, The Burning Shadow. Supernatural mystery earning a solid 5 stars! *I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
Ashes2ashes1189 7 months ago
This book was definitely worth the wait. My kid and I had just finished the lux series by this author and were left with the feeling “now what to read” it just so happened this books timing to be released was only a couple months later! The story was well written and it flowed to where once you started you did not want to stop reading. I finished reading in a couple days (work made it to where I unfortunately had to take breaks) and my kid whose in jr high finished it during the school work by reading any available time between classes and after done with work. We would both recommend this book to others and are super excited to read book two once it comes out later this year. This book can be read separately from the lux series but I would recommend them all!
Bookyogi 8 months ago
Interesting story. So I read this book first on November 30. I liked it so I thought I would give the earlier Lux books a try. Admittedly, I didn’t like books 1 and most of 2 but starting getting into it with book 3. By books 4 and 5 they really turned a corner for me and most all my issues were gone and I really liked them. So, with that, I decided to reread this book just a week later and am so glad I did! All the characters are so much more meaningful with the history and I loved seeing glimpses of Daemon, Archer and others. I recommend reading the Lux series from the beginning, and don’t give up, push through and you will be glad you did.
Cyn_Ayala23 More than 1 year ago
What an engrossing novel. The Darkest Star follows Evie Dasher as she is swept up in a world she doesn’t quite understand. The Darkest Star is a post-invasion lit story. The invasion has come and gone, and now the reader is following the aftermath, the way the world has found a way to move past it on fragile peace. It’s a fragile world that Evie lives in, one where her protective mother who happens to work for the Government, seeks to shield her from. However, for Evie, the past is coming back to haunt, and her connection to Luc is more than the typical young adult romance. That’s one of the effective elements that captivates the reader. Armentrout wrote the characters not only so that they jumped off the pages, but also so that they connect in a powerful even humorous way. The way their relationship unfolds is enjoyable because there’s so much chemistry between the two and their personalities balance each other out very well. As for the story, it’s interesting to see it how it unfolds and how Armentrout has decided to move the story past the invasion and show the aftermath years later. She takes on that genre and by focusing the novel towards a younger audience allows the pace of the book to unfold in a gripping way. At times the story is slow, but it does not feel that way. It moves gracefully, using those measured moments to build the tension as well as the character narratives. Things happen in the novel that Evie doesn’t understand, and despite herself, she is looking for answers. She knows the event somehow connect to her, but she doesn’t understand why. This almost haunting atmosphere lets the mystery and intrigue rise in the plot, creating a compelling plot. There’s also something to be said about the storytelling. Armentrout uses this foundation to address serious topics such as segregation and xenophobia. Using this medium and genre’s Armentrout highlights the dangers of spreading hate and fear and judging an entire culture by the awful actions of the few. The idea of forcing the Luxen into separate schools and separate living situations is dangerous because it breeds fear and hate instead of acceptance and peace. It’s a powerful underlining element that Armentrout has decided to include in her story and a powerful way to make it resonate with audiences regardless of race and culture.
ShakBlak More than 1 year ago
I’m not even sure where to start! We finally get Luc’s story! And it all starts with a broken promise… Evie Dasher is probably one of the best friends you can ever have. Not wanting to let her friend, Heidi, go clubbing alone. What she did not anticipate was the club getting raided and meeting Luc, the club owner. Evie can’t explain it, but she is drawn to Luc, not realizing there was something special about her. She makes all types of assumptions about Luc, some are close, but others are way more than even she can imagine. As she gets closer to Luc, danger lurks and she’s closer to finding out the truth. Is it a truth she can handle? OMG… I loved this story! You get updates from some of your favorite characters of the Luxen series, kinda like a “Where are they now?” situation. Luc is an awesome character. He’s witty, highly intelligent, literally has the best collection of t-shirts, and has a depth to him you don’t get in previous books. It’s interesting how close to reality some of the actions in this story are. You get to meet some interesting characters and some you will just out and out hate. The story doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, but I can’t wait for book 2!
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Sarah369 More than 1 year ago
Wow. I did not fully realize how much I missed the world this author has created, within the original Lux series, until I read this spin-off. Not a lot of authors continue to tell stories in the world they have created, after the primary series has ended, but I am happy that Armentrout did. From the first introduction of Luc in the Lux series, I knew that he was one of the more fascinating and complex and interesting characters, so I was thrilled to here that a new spin-off series would be centered around him. As for the book itself, I thought it was wonderfully put together. It was a good mix of character building, romantic tension, action, and self-growth. The story was very well paced and did not feel to fast or too slow in any spots. This book has reignited my interest in Armentrout’s writing, and I cannot wait for the next book in this new spin-off series!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will be honest- books about aliens and sci-fi romance type things aren't really my favorite. This book has just about changed my opinion on that though and now I'm obsessed! The Darkest Star is about Evie, a typical teenage girl living in a post-human vs alien war world. Now, aliens, known as the Lux, are living relatively peacefully amongst the population on Earth and things have been going pretty ok for a few years. The book opens with Evie and a friend sneaking into a club that is known to be a hangout for humans and Lux alike. It is there that Evie meets Luc, a gorgeous guy who isn't Lux....but also isn't human. From there, the book really gets going! It is intense! It is adorable! It is an amazing book and one that I have already recommended to about ten people in the thirty minutes since I finished it! Also, an important note, I HAVE NOT read the Lux series and I understood the book and plot just fine. With that said, I would probably read Lux first (and I am going to go back and read it now!)
reneewellwood More than 1 year ago
The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout Series: Origin Book #1 Publisher: Tor Teen Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Tor Teen for the ebook ARC of The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout in exchange for an honest review. Seventeen year old Evie Dasher gets caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can socialize 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 had only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head … I give this book a rating of 4 stars and I recommend reading it. This is the first book I have read by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It was really good and it kept me wanting to read more. It was a well written YA novel. I can’t wait to read book #2 in the series Origin. #TheDarkestStar #NetGalley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Armentrout is one of the best authors I’ve come across. Her style and technique are never disappointing and I always finish her books wanting more. This series is guaranteed to be just as mind blowing as the Lux series.
JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books, but I hadn’t read one before. Now I’m going to look for more of her books. This world was like ours, but there was an alien invasion. The aliens can take the form of humans, so it can be difficult to tell the difference, unless the Luxen (the aliens) wear a bracelet which signals what they are. The main character, Evie, becomes immersed in the Luxen world, after going to a Luxen club called Foretold. I guessed the twist in the story fairly early on. It was the same twist as another book I read recently, so I was able to figure it out. I won’t tell you which book it was, but if you have read both books, you will know what I’m talking about. I’m curious to see where this series goes, but I guess I’ll have to wait a while for the next book! I received a copy of this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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onemused More than 1 year ago
New books in worlds I loved always make me nervous, but luckily "The Darkest Star" expands the world we already know and love without taking anything away from the previous books. This book features Luc, who we know from the previous series, and a new character, Evie. Evie is drawn to Luxen and goes to a club where they typically mingle when she meets Luc- in a not-so-great way. As they then continue to run into each other, Evie cannot deny the attraction that is growing. However, Evie is beginning to learn that there is more to her family than she originally thought, and her mother has been keeping secrets from her. As she unravels the web of what is true and what is not and learns more about Luc, there are plenty of feels, swoons, and action/adventure that keep the book moving quickly. This book was a great new story that happens to take place in a world we already know. I really enjoyed the book. While I do think it's helpful to have the background of the previous series, I do not think it's necessary to enjoy this new one. I highly recommend to fans of YA sci-fi/romance, and I am really looking forward to rest of this new series!
ElleyKat More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and my first foray into the world of the Lux. I think I might have gotten more out of this if I'd read the other books in the Lux series, because The Darkest Star seems to be a book that took a previous series and escalated things to the next level. This reminded me of a cross between the TV show Roswell that was on in the late 90's/early 00's and a certain sparkly vampire series (you know the one). I really liked it (even if Luc was totally OP, and the majority of book was really just a whole lot of Luc and Evie trying to talk with lots of evasiveness and foreshadowing on Luc's part and then them getting interrupted over and over again...) and now I need to go read the Lux series so I can fully appreciate this book. It definitely reads as the first book in the series, and major parts of the story arc (including the Big Bad that's stalking Evie) are resolved, it also opens up a whole new story arc toward an even Bigger Bad that's coming (and scaring the pants off the Big Bad, BTW). I have definite plans to read the original series before more books in this follow up series come out. While The Darkest Star is the first in the Origin series and can be read on it's own, I think readers will enjoy it more if they read the Lux series before reading The Darkest Star.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jennifer L. Armentrout is a goddess among men (or women, I guess). I think I've read every books she's published, and I love them all. My favorites, though, will always be the Luxen. And now, another one! I'm can't wait. Evie and Luc are so perfectly suited; she is hot-headed and demanding and hysterical. He is protective and sweet (sometimes) and amazing. Their first meeting made me cry out in joy, and Luc makes me swoon every time he speaks. The writing is a little juvenile, but it's easy to read and funny, which I love. Evie is a tad annoying, but I think she'll mature at the books goes on. Luc is perfect, of course, and I can't wait to see how he cares for his girl. I am so excited for the full book to come out; please hurry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the original lux books, but unfortunately I did not enjoy this one nearly as much. (also I'm less of a fan of this cover. I'm not sure if I will end up reading the sequel either. I think I'm good just sticking with the memories of what I have read. I'm glad to have read this one for the fact that I like Luc, and it was rather emotional to see some of the characters from the Lux series, especially Daemon. That made me feel wonderfully nostalgic. However, there were many things that did not made me happy whilst reading The Darkest Star, though for brevity's sake, I won't detail them here except to say that Evie wasn't a very memorable main character. I actually had to look up her name unfortunately. I wish this had been kept just as the original series truthfully.
bjneary More than 1 year ago
Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge and Tor Teen for the advance reader copy, The Darkest Star by awesome author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, in exchange for an honest review. I am so happy Jennifer Armentrout is continuing the Lux series (if you have not read, YOU MUST!!!) with a new series, Origin, and The Darkest Star does not disappoint with Luc, an Origin (produced by a Lux and human mating) from the Lux series, who is young, powerful, and scary. Like the Lux, Luc is perfectly handsome, chiseled, and arrogant. But he is cares deeply for his Lux and Origin friends and will stop at nothing to help them. This NEW YA alien series brings back some favorite characters from Lux as the world has returned to normal (if humans accepting Lux as neighbors) and features Evie as a senior going to an underage club that is known to have both Lux and humans in attendance. When Evie meets Luc, he is arrogant and wants her to leave—but when a raid unexpectantly happens, Luc helps her escape—and the rest is oh so good! I could not put this fantasy/scifi book down, Armentrout’s delicious writing is spine tingling with mysteries galore. Teens will love this new series and race to read all other Armentrout books; verdict an epic read with humor and toe-curling romance.
bookscoffeeandrepeat More than 1 year ago
"More of a starter novel than a spin-off" Worth the read especially if you enjoyed The Lux series by the same author. And while this book was predictable and imperfect (does contain plot holes and it feels like something's missing), "The Darkest Star" was still a fun and entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m a Lux fan so re-visiting the world with this new beginning is exciting, and I can’t wait for the next installment, if there is one!