The Darkest Star by Jennifer Armentrout Book Review

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

The Darkest Star

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published by Tor Teen

Book #1 in The Origin Series (LUX series spin-off)

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. Set in the beloved world of the Lux, 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 swoon-worthy 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...

Welcome to the Origin series


Foul Language Young Adult Action

Some Steaminess Romance Feel Good

Okay, there are no words for how excited I was to start reading the spin off series. The LUX series is one of my favorite book series ... maybe even THE favorite. After I finished the series, I went through a few days of sadness that it was over.

Is that normal? Maybe not. Oh well.

So, imagine my happiness when I find out there is a spin-off! I was a little worried. I loved Luc's character in the the LUX series, but I really loved Katy and Daemon's story, and their dynamic. I was worried I wouldn't like The Darkest Star because it was missing that spark. While it was different, it wasn't in a bad way. And because Jennifer Armentrout loves her fans, she threw in a little bit of Daemon and Archer in the story, and a short story of Katy and Daemon at the end. Will get to that.

Let's start with Evie. From the start, I highly suspected that she was Nadia, so it wasn't a surprise when her "mom" finally sat her down and told her. Not just because there was a lot of signs pointing to that conclusion throughout the book, but it is never confirmed that Nadia died ... just that she was gone. I had a hard time warming up to her at first. I think it was because she just didn't seem to have the fire I typically expect from a female protagonists from this author. I wished she would have stuck up for the Luxen more. It's fair to assume that the fear mongering at the time, and her lack of memories of her knowledge of the Luxen and Origin, contributed to her reluctance. On top of the missing girls from her school who ended up murdered. It would be hard. At the end of the book I started liking Evie, and I look forward to getting to know her in future books. I am even more interested to find out if Daedalus did something else to her when they cured her. Will she ever get her memories back? I suspect she will.

I loved Luc. I love that even though he is a young adult now, he