Publisher: Entangled Teen, 2013
It’s finally here! I swear I’ve been waiting decades to find out what happened to Katy and Daemon after the cliffhanger ending of Opal. Before I start I just want to remind everyone that there will be SPOILERS from books 1-3, but I’ll try to keep them to a minimum for this one.
Plot: At the end of Opal, Katy was captured by Daedalus when she, Daemon, and crew broke into Mount Weather to save Bethany. Origin starts out not long after that, with Katy trying to survive the tortures Daedalus has in store for her, and Daemon determined to find a way to save her. Which of course he does, but that’s not where the action stops. Oh, no. There’s a wedding, a baby, a HUGE betrayal (I’m still insanely upset about that one), fight scenes, the discovery of alien/hybrid babies, major character deaths, and even some sexy times. My head is still spinning.
Review: I have to admit that before reading I had my worries but I should have known that, like the other books in the series, Origin would be amazing. I loved the change in narration from only Katy’s perspective to a split between her and Daemon. It makes sense since they’re separated for quite a bit at the beginning of the book, and while I had worried it would take away from the plot or seem redundant, it only enhanced the story. My favorite parts were getting insight into Daemon’s feelings for Kat; sure we knew he loved her but he never said it until she was taken and it was so nice to read about the strength of his feelings.
After Opal I was also concerned that this book would be two completely separate plot lines: 1) Daemon trying to get Katy back, 2) Katy being tortured in gruesome ways. I’m happy to say this is not at all what happens. While they are separated at the beginning, Jennifer didn’t draw that out and they are together for over half the book. As for the torture scenes, there are a few that were difficult to read but nothing overly disgusting (I’d been picturing Theon Greyjoy’s recent torture in GoT. Thank goodness this was nowhere close. Ick.). That being said, I do have one major pet peeve with this series: why does the bad stuff always happen to the girls, specifically Katy and Bethany? Thus far Katy has been shot, almost died, kidnapped, and now tortured. Can’t a girl get a break?
Oh and can I just say this whole Daedalus thing creeps me the heck out. Did anyone else get a total Dr. Mengele vibe when they kept telling Katy that what they were doing was for the good of all humans, and doesn’t she want to help? Doesn’t she care about the human race? Does she want others to suffer the way her father suffered? Totally manipulative and creepster city right there. The only good thing that came out of that stuff was Archer. SA-WOON!
Rather than becoming stagnant after they escape Daedalus, the action continues throughout the remainder of the book. I loved the quiet moments between Katy and Daemon, as well as the shared time with their friends. Seeing Katy and Dee reconnect made me incredibly happy since I was less than pleased with Dee in the last book. But of course it can’t all be hearts and flowers, and the betrayal the group suffers completely shocked me. I think I yelled out loud. And then the battle scene toward the end and the loss of so many of the people we’ve grown to know…wow. There’s never a dull moment, that’s for sure.
I’m interested to see where this origin stuff is headed in terms of the larger picture, especially in light of the complete shock at the end of this book. OH! And yesterday Jennifer released the name of the next and final book in the series – Opposition. But we have to wait a whole year! This is awful. I have some guesses as to what the plot may be but please share your ideas!
In the end I’m going to give this one a 10 out of 10.
Based on the following criteria:
How much did I like the heroine: 10. Is it even fair to ask me this? Everyone and their mother knows I love Katy and want her to be my bff. This book just cements my love. Despite the awful situations she finds herself in she’s always strong and keeps her wits about her. She’s resilient enough to take part in a gun fight one day and yet have the ability to get excited about visiting a new city the next. I loved how she and Daemon leaned on each other so much in this book, the progression of their relationship has been so wonderful to read. I also felt like she made fewer spontaneous decisions that left me shaking my head, she and Daemon waited for the right opportunities and actually discussed things before they acted. Nice change.
How much did I like the love interest: 10. While Daemon has always been mega hot and you can tell he loves Katy, being able to read his perspective only increased my infatuation. He really does care about her and wants to protect her, but in this book I also felt like he realizes what a strong woman she is and that she can take care of herself. Which isn’t to say that “I’m going to stomp around all sexy and save Katy” Daemon isn’t hot – because it is – but it’s nice to see that he believes in her abilities. And I will never not internally squee whenever he calls her “Kitten”. Just typing that makes me squee!
How believable is the plot: 10. Often as a series grows the plot holes become more obvious or the alternate reality becomes less believable. That could not be further from the truth with these books. They are so descriptive and well written, with just as much basis in truth as fiction, that I’m totally on board with it all. Heck, when Judith first begged me to read Onyx I told her no way because it sounded too far-fetched, and now I’m like “super powerful alien/hybrid babies? I can see it.”
How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 10. There were some editing errors but I’m not penalizing for that since I read an advanced copy. As previously stated the writing from this author, regardless of subject or type of book, is always excellent and enjoyable. It’s like that amazing djinn episode of Supernatural – the perfect blend of action and heartfelt scenes. (It just seemed wrong to write a JL review without a SPN reference!)
How much did I want to keep reading: 10. This was “don’t interrupt me on penalty of death” level interest. And waiting another year for the final book? I can’t! I just can’t make it. Sigh.
Final Score: 10/10. An excellent continuation of the series with lots of adventure and emotion. I loved the character growth, and can’t wait to see what’s in store next!
****Disclaimer: I got this book for free from the author. I swear I didn’t bribe her in any way, or get paid for my review. And we might not be legit enough to need this disclaimer but after working at a law firm for many years it’s better safe than sorry!****