In the world of the Lux, secrets thrive, lies shatter, and love is undeniable.
#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 series with The Darkest Star. A girl pulled into in a world she doesn't understand finds herself confronted by long buried secrets, 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...
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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If Mom ever found out I was sitting outside of Foretoken, she would kill me. Like, legit hide-my-body-in-a-deep-dark-grave kind of kill me. And my mom totally had the means to do so.
When she went from Momma baking brownies in the kitchen to Colonel Sylvia Dasher, she put the fear of God and then some in me.
But knowing just how much trouble I'd be in if I got caught obviously hadn't stopped me, because here I was, sitting in Heidi's car, applying yet another coat of lipstick with a shaky hand. Shoving the lipstick wand back into its tube, I watched fat raindrops bomb the windshield. My heart threw itself against my ribs as if it were determined to punch its way out.
I couldn't believe I was here.
I'd rather be home, finding random things in my house to take pictures of and posting them on Instagram. Like those new gray-and-white vintage candleholders Mom had bought. They'd look amazing paired with the pale blue and pink pillows I had in my bedroom.
From the driver's seat, Heidi Stein sighed heavily. "You're second-guessing this."
"Nuh-uh." I eyed my final results in the little mirror in the visor. My lips were so red, it looked like I'd French-kissed an overripe strawberry.
And my brown eyes were way too big for my roundish, freckled face. I looked scared, like I was about to walk naked into class twenty minutes late.
"Yeah, you are, Evie. I can see it etched into the five hundred coats of lipstick you just applied."
Wincing, I glanced over at her. Heidi looked completely at ease in her strapless black dress and dark eye makeup. She had that cat-eye thing down, something I couldn't re-create without looking like an abused raccoon. Heidi had done an amazing job on my eyes before we'd left her house, though, giving them a smoky, mysterious look. I thought I actually looked pretty good. Well, except for the whole looking-scared part, but ...
"Is the red lipstick too much?" I asked. "Do I look bad?"
"I'd be into you if I liked blondes." She grinned when I rolled my eyes. "Are you sure you want to do this?"
I peeked out the window at the dark, windowless building squeezed in between a closed boutique shop and a cigar store. My breath hitched in my throat.
FORETOKEN was written in black paint above the red double doors. I squinted. On second thought, the name of the club looked like it had been spray-painted on the gray cement. Classy.
Everyone who went to Centennial High knew of Foretoken, a club that was packed every night, even on Sundays, and was notorious for allowing outrageously fake IDs to slide by.
And Heidi and I were most definitely seventeen and 100 percent in possession of some fake-as-hell driver's licenses that no one in their right mind would believe were real.
"Because I'm worried you're not going to have fun." Heidi poked my arm, drawing my attention. "Like you'll get freaked out and call Zoe. And you know you can't call April to come get you either. That girl is not allowed within a ten-block radius of this place."
I drew in a shallow breath that felt like it went nowhere. "I'll have fun. I swear. It's just ... I've never done this before."
"Done what? Gone somewhere you weren't supposed to? Because I know that's not true." She held up a finger, and the nail looked like it had been dipped in black ink. "You have no problem breaking and entering when it comes to climbing around abandoned buildings to take pictures."
"That's different." I dropped the lipstick into my little wristlet. "You sure these IDs are going to work?"
She shot me a bland look. "Do you know how many times I've been here and had no problems? Yes, you do. You're stalling."
I was totally stalling.
Looking out the window again, I could barely suppress the shiver tiptoeing down my spine. Puddles were forming in the vacant street and there was no one on the sidewalks. It was like once the sun went down and Foretoken unlocked its doors, the streets emptied of everyone who exhibited an ounce of common sense.
Foretoken also had the reputation for something entirely different than allowing fake IDs.
Aliens were known to hang out here.
Like legit extraterrestrial beings that had come from trillions of light-years away. They called themselves the Luxen, and they looked like us — well, a better version of most of us. Their bone structure was often perfect, their skin airbrush-smooth, and their eye colors were shades that we humans couldn't achieve without contacts.
And not all of them had come in peace.
Four years ago, we'd been invaded, totally Hollywood movie–level invaded, and we'd almost lost the war — almost lost the entire planet to them. I'd never forget the statistic that had dominated the news once the TVs starting broadcasting again: 3 percent of the world's population. That was 220 million people lost in the war, and my father had been one of them.
But over the last four years, the Luxen who hadn't been on Team Kill All the Humans and had helped fight their own kind had been slowly integrated into our world — into our schools and jobs, government and military. They were everywhere now. I'd met plenty of them, so I didn't know why coming here freaked me out so much.
But Foretoken wasn't school or an office building, where the Luxen were typically outnumbered and heavily monitored. I had a sinking suspicion that humans were the minority beyond those red doors.
Heidi poked my arm again. "If you don't want to do this, we don't have to."
I twisted in the seat toward her. One look at Heidi's face told me that she was being genuine. She would turn the car on and we'd go back to her place if that were what I wanted. Probably end the night gorging ourselves on those cupcakes her mom had picked up from the bakery. We'd watch really bad romantic comedies until we passed out from a ridiculously high caloric intake, and that sounded ... lovely.
But I didn't want to bail on her.
Coming here meant a lot to Heidi. She could be herself without worrying about people getting all up in her business about who she was dancing with or checking out, whether it be a boy or another girl.
There was a reason why the Luxen were comfortable coming here. Foretoken was welcoming to everyone, no matter their sexuality, gender, race, or ... species. They weren't a human-only establishment, which was rare nowadays when it came to privately owned businesses.
Tonight was special, though. There was this girl Heidi had been talking to, and she wanted me to meet her. And I wanted to meet her, so I needed to stop acting like a dork who'd never been to a club before.
I could totally do this.
Smiling at Heidi, I poked her back. "No. I'm fine. I'm just being stupid."
She stared at me a moment, cautious. "You sure?"
"Yes." I nodded for extra emphasis. "Let's do this."
Another moment passed and then Heidi broke out in a wide smile. She leaned over, throwing her arms around me. "You're the best." She squeezed me tight, causing me to giggle. "Seriously."
"I know." I patted her arm. "I put the awe in awesome."
She snort-laughed in my ear. "You are so weird."
"I told you I am." I untangled myself from her hug and then reached for the car door before I could chicken out. "Ready?"
"Yep," she chirped.
I climbed out and immediately shrieked as cold rain hit the bare skin of my arms. I slammed the door shut and then darted across the dark street, my hands forming the weakest shield ever over my hair. I'd spent way too much time curling the long strands into waves for the rain to ruin it.
Water splashed over my heels, and when I hopped up on the sidewalk, I was surprised I hadn't slipped and fallen face-first into the asphalt.
Heidi was right behind me, laughing as she rushed under the awning, shaking the mist of rain from her pin-straight crimson hair.
"Holy crap, this rain is cold," I gasped. It felt more like the rain that fell in October than in early September.
"My makeup isn't running down my face like I'm some chick about to be killed in a horror movie, is it?" she asked, reaching for the door.
Laughing, I tugged on the hem of my strappy blue dress I normally wore leggings under. One wrong move and everyone would see the skull design on my undies. "No. Everything is where it should be."
"Perfect." She pulled on the massive red door with a grunt.
Violet light spilled outside, along with the heavy thump of music. A small entryway appeared, leading to another door, this one a deep purple, but between that door and us was a man sitting on a stool.
A gigantic man.
A huge bald man wearing jean overalls and absolutely nothing else under them. Studs glinted from piercings all over his face — his eyebrows, under his eye, and his lips. A bolt went straight through his septum.
My eyes widened. Oh my word....
"Hey, Mr. Clyde." Heidi grinned, completely unfazed.
"Yo." He looked from her to me. His head cocked to the side as his eyes narrowed slightly. That couldn't be good. "IDs."
I didn't dare smile as I pulled my ID out of the little card slot on my wristlet. If I did smile, I would totally look like I was seventeen and close to peeing myself. So I didn't even blink.
Clyde glanced at the IDs and then nodded toward the purple door. I peeked at Heidi, and she winked.
That was all he was going to do?
Some of the tension leaked out of my neck and shoulders as I shoved my ID back into its slot. Well, that was exceptionally easy. I should do this more often.
"Thanks!" Heidi patted Clyde's big, bulky shoulder as she went for the door.
I was still standing in front of him, like an idiot. "Th-thank you."
Clyde raised a brow as he pinned me with a look that had me quickly wishing I'd just kept my mouth shut.
Heidi reached back, grabbed my hand, and yanked me forward as she opened the second door. I turned, and every one of my senses was immediately overwhelmed by, well, everything.
The thump of heavy drums poured from speakers, coming from every corner of a large room. The tempo was fast, the lyrics a blur as white light burst from the ceiling, shining over the dance floor for a few seconds before tossing it back into shadowy darkness.
People were everywhere, sitting at high, round tables and lounging on oversized couches and chairs under alcoves. The center of the floor was a mess of twisting, churning bodies, arms up and hair flying. Overlooking the throng of dancers was a raised stage shaped like a horseshoe. Rapidly flickering bulbs lit the edge of the stage, and dancers up there urged on the crowd below with their shouts and their hips.
"This place is pretty wild, isn't it?" Heidi curled her arm around mine.
My wide gaze bounced from person to person as the scent of perfume and cologne mingled. "Yeah."
"I so want to get on that stage." Heidi grinned when my eyes widened. "That is my goal for the night."
"Well, it's always good to have goals," I replied dryly. "But can't you just walk up there?"
Her brows lifted and she laughed. "No. You have to be invited up there."
"By who? God?"
She snorted. "Something like that —" She squeaked suddenly. "There she is."
"Where?" Eager to see this girl, I scanned the crowd.
Heidi stepped into my side and slowly turned so our bodies were angled toward one of the large shadowy recesses behind the tables. "There."
Soft candlelight lit the alcove, casting a glow over the area. I doubted candles were safe in a bar, but what did I know? More oversized chairs flanked a gold-trimmed, crushed red velvet couch that looked like an antique. Two of the chairs were occupied. I could see only profiles. One was a blond guy staring down at his phone. His jaw was clenched like he was trying to snap a walnut shell in two with his teeth.
Across from him was another guy with a shockingly blue Mohawk — like, Smurf blue. His head was thrown back, and even though I couldn't hear him, I could tell he was letting out a laugh of the deep-belly variety. My gaze shifted to his left.
I saw her then.
Good Lord, the girl was gorgeous.
Easily a head taller than Heidi and I, she had the most awesome haircut ever. Her dark hair was buzzed on one side and shoulder length on the other, showing off the sculpted angles of her face. I was so jealous of that haircut, because I didn't have the courage or the face to pull something like that off. She looked a little bored as she eyed the dance floor. I started to turn back to Heidi, but then a tall figure cut in front of the girl and sat on the couch.
It was a man with sandy-blond hair cropped close to the skull. The haircut reminded me of what you saw from guys in the military. From what I could see of his profile, he appeared to be older than we were. Maybe in his midtwenties? A little older? He didn't exactly look happy. His mouth was moving a mile a minute. My gaze shifted to who he'd sat down next to.
My lips parted on a soft inhale.
The reaction was startling and embarrassing. I sort of wanted to smack myself, but in my defense, the guy was stunning, the kind of beauty that almost didn't seem real at first.
Messy brown hair toppled over his forehead in waves and curls. Even from where I was standing, I could tell that his face knew no bad angle, the kind of face that needed no filter. Impossibly high and broad cheekbones were paired with a carved, square jaw. His mouth really was a work of art, full and tipped up on one corner, forming a rather impressive smirk as he eyed the man who'd sat next to him. I was too far to away to see his eyes, but I imagined they were just as striking as the rest of him.
But the allure went beyond the physical.
Power and authority radiated from him, sending an odd shiver curling down my spine. Nothing about what he was wearing stood out — just dark jeans and a gray shirt with something written on it. Maybe it was the way he was sitting, thighs spread and one arm tossed over the back of the couch. Everything about the lazy sprawl looked arrogant and somehow misleading. He appeared as if he were seconds away from taking a nap even as the man beside him became more animated, but there was the distinct impression in the way his fingers tapped along the gold trim that said he could spring into action at any given second.
"Do you see her?" Heidi asked, startling me.
Goodness, did I forget Heidi was there or something? I had, which meant I needed to get a grip. Dude was hot, but come on. I was here for Heidi.
I dragged my gaze from the guy and then nodded. None of these people, except for the blond guy and the one who'd just sat down, looked old enough to be anywhere near this club. Then again, neither did we. "Is that her?"
"Yes. That's Emery." She squeezed my arm. "What do you think?"
"She's really pretty." I glanced over at Heidi. "Are you going to go over and talk to her?"
"I don't know. I think I'm going to let her come to me."
Heidi nodded as she sucked her bottom lip between her teeth. "The last three times, I approached her. I think I'm going to let her find her way to me this time. Like, to see if it's just a one-sided interest or not, you know?"
My brows rose as I stared at my friend. Heidi was not shy or patient, nor did she get nervous. That could only mean one thing. I clasped my hands together. "You're really into her, aren't you?"
"I like her," Heidi said after a moment. A small grin appeared. "I just want to make sure she likes me." She lifted a shoulder. "We've talked a little and danced, but she hasn't asked for my number or asked to meet up outside of here."
"Have you asked for hers?"
"Hoping she'll make that move." Heidi exhaled loudly. "I'm being stupid. I should just ask for hers and get it over with."
"You're not being stupid. I would be doing the same thing, but I think you should at least ask for her number tonight. That should be your goal."
"True," she replied, forehead creasing. "But that stage ..."
"Stop with the stage." I laughed.
The truth was, I wasn't the best person to be dispensing relationship advice. I'd only ever been in one somewhat serious relationship, and Brandon and I had lasted a whopping three months, ending right before summer.
I broke up with him over text.
I was that person.
As awful as it was to admit to even myself, I'd only gone out with Brandon because all my friends had been coupling off and, well, peer pressure was a bitch and I wanted to feel whatever it was they kept going on and on about every time they posted online or in their snaps. I wanted to be ... I wanted to know what that felt like. I wanted to fall in love.
And all I did was fall into boredom.(Continues…)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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 ballpark...er 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.
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 yet...you 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...
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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!)
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
"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.
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!
There is really only one word you need to know in order for you to read The Darkest Star - LUC!!!!! If like myself, you are a huge fan of the Lux series (Daemon and Kat will always hold a special place in my heart) then I am sure you were also chomping for further information about our intrepid youthful leader of the resistance - Luc. Did you wonder what happened after the invasion? How did humans and luxen cope with the sudden integration of their species? What happened to Daedalus? How did the Origin children grow-up? These were just some of the questions that wandered my mind before I opened the pages of The Darkest Star. While these questions were answered in the story, there were plenty more questions that arose as a result opening up a whole new can of worms so to speak. What I didn't expect from the narrative was how much I would empathise with Luc, how his loneliness would permeate through the pages and straight into my heart. In all honesty, I cannot give details of the plot because it is so cleverly interwoven even the smallest detail may spoil the whole thing. While I adored getting to know Luc and the events that shaped his identity, I will say the surprising undercurrent of the story was unsettling - a harsh reflection of the hate-driven society we currently occupy. It was a very poignant representation of the political climate especially that within the United States As I have already stated The Darkest Star opens up a new line of questions that we have to wait an entire year to have answered - hence the deduction of half a point in my rating I only hope I remember the questions by the time I get to read The Burning Shadow.
Evie Dasher lives in a world balanced on a precarious peace between humans and the alien race, Luxen, that have invaded them. Trying to be adventurous, Evie witnesses this balance first hand at the local night club where many Luxen are known to hang out. It's there that she meets Luc, a dangerous Luxen who is about to turn her world on its head. As new information about her past filters in, Evie has to re-learn who she really is. Jennifer L. Armentrout has crafted an exhilarating romance that brings its readers on a twisting roller coaster ride of emotions. Much like Evie, we're kept in the dark for most of the novel of what's actually happening between the Luxen and the American government, but there's a lot that the government is covering up (unsurprisingly). In what YA dystopia does the government not know more than its population? Answer: none. While I would not 100% place this into the dystopia category, there are elements of this genre that creep up throughout the story. Mainly: we've been invaded by an alien race that's way more powerful than we are. But, plot twist! Humans are the ones that are in control in the story, not the aliens. In fact, we get to witness the deep prejudice that a lot of the humans have against the aliens throughout the story, from the way their treated on the streets to the protests that are launched right in Evie's school. I thoroughly enjoyed the power dynamic between the two species here; it made commentary about our own society that isn't too direct. Evie could be a bit whiny at times, but I guess we'll cut her some slack because basically everyone in her life was hiding a massive secret from her. The relationship between her and Luc definitely drives the entire story froward; why does Luc take such an interest to her? What is he, really? Why isn't he registered with the government? So many questions--all mostly answered by the end of the story. I think this is the start to a new series, so I'm interested in seeing where the series goes next!
It's intriguing, earth shattering, and leaves you desperate for the next book