The Darkest Star (Origin, #1)
When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is 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...#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.

The Darkest Star (Origin, #1) Details

TitleThe Darkest Star (Origin, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 30th, 2018
PublisherTor Teen
ISBN-139781250175731
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Romance

The Darkest Star (Origin, #1) Review

  • Phire
    January 1, 1970
    OMFGOH MY FUCKING GODASDFGHJKLCXVSUJDG CFWAKYFUKwahgsdfihIAVISOGOOD LORD ALMIGHTY YES BITCH YESMY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!!SWEET LUXEN/ORIGIN ASSGIRL I WANNA GET HIT IN THE FACE BY THIS BOOK SO HARD. HIT MEDear Jennifer,I HOPE YOU ARE DONE WITH THIS BOOK ASAP, IT BETTER BE A FUCKING MASTERPIECE LIKE ALL OF THE LUXEN BOOKS, FOR YOUR OWN HEALTH. OR ELSE I'LL DO SOMETHING REALLY MEAN, like write a negative review (that's as far as I'll go xD).BUT GIRL, MY HEART TRUSTS YOU SO MUCH I KNOW YOU WILL OMFGOH MY FUCKING GODASDFGHJKLCXVSUJDG CFWAKYFUKwahgsdfihIAVISOGOOD LORD ALMIGHTY YES BITCH YESMY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!!SWEET LUXEN/ORIGIN ASSGIRL I WANNA GET HIT IN THE FACE BY THIS BOOK SO HARD. HIT MEDear Jennifer,I HOPE YOU ARE DONE WITH THIS BOOK ASAP, IT BETTER BE A FUCKING MASTERPIECE LIKE ALL OF THE LUXEN BOOKS, FOR YOUR OWN HEALTH. OR ELSE I'LL DO SOMETHING REALLY MEAN, like write a negative review (that's as far as I'll go xD).BUT GIRL, MY HEART TRUSTS YOU SO MUCH I KNOW YOU WILL NOT SCREW UP, INSTEAD YOU WILL TEAR MY HEART INTO TINY LITTLE PIECES AND TWIST MY INSIDES UNTIL THEY BECOME A FUCKED UP MAZE, AND I JUST KNOW I WILL LOVE IT BECAUSE I LIKE PAINNNNNNN.PLEASE LET THIS BOOK BE NEW ADULT, CAUSE I NEED THE ALIEN SMUT.(please read this as if I am screaming, because I am. Seriously.)thanks for reading, I will now try to pretend my life has a meaning besides waiting for this book to come out.UPDATE:PEOPLE OF THE WORLD, THERE'S A BOOK TITLE, THERE IS A SYNOPSIS, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, THERE'S A RELEASE DATE!!!Now, please help me out, how am I supposed to live until the 30th of October? The year has barely begun and I'm already in this state of a mental mess. Apparently, Wendy Higgins, also of my fav authors has already had the honor of reading The Darkest Star. I want to know her secret, pls tell me how to become JLA's bff so I can have early access to all of her books, ok? I swear I am a good, honest, and mentally sane person - as you can see.
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  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest🦇 Read for the Unapologetic Romance Readers Halloween 2018 Reading Challenge for the category of: A romance about aliens 🦇This author's Lux series is basically what launched her from quiet indie author cult status to mainstream publication fame. A lot of my friends enjoy both her young adult paranormal romances and her contemporary new adult romances, so I was curious to pick something of hers up and see if I liked it. After picking up THE Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest🦇 Read for the Unapologetic Romance Readers Halloween 2018 Reading Challenge for the category of: A romance about aliens 🦇This author's Lux series is basically what launched her from quiet indie author cult status to mainstream publication fame. A lot of my friends enjoy both her young adult paranormal romances and her contemporary new adult romances, so I was curious to pick something of hers up and see if I liked it. After picking up THE DARKEST STAR as an ARC, I'm no longer quite as curious. If this book is representative of her other works, we have some problems.THE DARKEST STAR is basically like if you took the plot of TWILIGHT and injected it with more violence and sex, and tried to instill a bit of superficial commentary about illegal immigration and ICE through the use of aliens, a la District 9. Evie is an Ordinary High School Girl™ who lives in a world where aliens, called "Luxen," have made contact. They are called Luxen because they have magic light powers and usually that just makes them Groin-Meltingly Hot™ but sometimes if they are evil, they zap humans' eyeballs out.Evie meets the Luxen while out with her Token Lesbian Friend™ and they go to the forbidden alien night club to meet her best friend's girlfriend, who is also a Luxen. It's super obvious that this is what she is, so I had a HI-larious moment later when Evie finds this out and is shocked. Anyway, that's when she meets the Pecs-and-Abs™ love interest, Luc, who is basically Edward Cullen with even more personal space issues. Also, he can read minds and finds Evie so fascinating. His personality can be summed up in one word: abs. In two words? Low-riding jeans. "Wait, Nenia," you're saying, "that's not a personality." Correct, friend. Because he doesn't have one - unless you consider being a possessive, lamely sarcastic alphahole a personality, in which case, that is his.At Evie's school, the Luxen sit at their own Groin-Meltingly Hot™ cafeteria table, but unfortunately an evil Luxen is going around zapping humans' eyeballs out. This causes the kids to wantonly discriminate against the Luxen students against their school and say that they should basically be deported. One of Evie's ex-friends is the ringleader for this movement and Evie thinks she is so lame, but doesn't really do anything to stop her except saying, "Hey, not cool." Evie's ex-best-friend responds the way all bigots do - by flipping the verbal middle finger and then spending all night posting on message boards about how much they admire President Trump. In a word: Evie does jack shit. Unless you count agonizing over whether to bang or not to bang Pecs-and-Abs™, in which case she does that thing. Many, many times! But he's an evil alien, oh noes! But oh, she's not a bigot.The story continues with a vain attempt at a mystery subplot, with Evie discovering that she's not an Ordinary High School Girl™ after all (what a shock! a young adult paranormal romance where the heroine *isn't* ordinary?), Luc trying to figure out who the evil Luxen who's zapping out humans' eyeballs is while also Hiding Potentially Existential Crisis-Causing Information from the Heroine for the Heroine's Own Good™ while also mooning over his Pure and Long Lost First Love™, much to Evie's admiration and jealousy (guys who moon over dead girls are so romantic - oh wait).There are a lot of similarities to TWILIGHT, between the mind-reading and the evil human-hunting Luxen who wants to kill the heroine, the popular Luxen table at the school, and the way that Evie gets involved with Luc's whole "immortal" family (except they're not exactly his family, just friends and associates - so actually maybe they are his family after all, but in the Italian mob sense). Evie was especially unlikable as a heroine because she had no personality. I heard the heroine in the original Lux series was a book blogger, but this heroine has no interests and nothing about her was interesting. I also thought the twist about her was super lame and a cheap excuse to legitimize Insta Love™.I feel like this book tried to do many things, and it did almost all of them badly.Thanks to Netgalley/the publisher for the review copy! 2 to 2.5 stars
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  • Wendy Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    Two thumbs up and all the stars - I can't wait for all of the Lux Army to be back in this story world!
  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    When I heard one of my favorite side characters ever, Luc, was getting a spinoff series I was so freaking ecstatic. He was just so weirdly awesome in the Lux series.As with any Armentrout book, there was incredible angst, swoon, and action. But what I loved here was the story. There were some great twists. One I knew super early on, and I was so excited about it!Luc is seriously the best character. His shirts are awesome, his attitude is awesome, and his fight for things he loves is awesome! The When I heard one of my favorite side characters ever, Luc, was getting a spinoff series I was so freaking ecstatic. He was just so weirdly awesome in the Lux series.As with any Armentrout book, there was incredible angst, swoon, and action. But what I loved here was the story. There were some great twists. One I knew super early on, and I was so excited about it!Luc is seriously the best character. His shirts are awesome, his attitude is awesome, and his fight for things he loves is awesome! There were moments where I wanted to shake Evie, but I understood a lot of her feelings and why. Also we get to see some characters from the Lux series!!The ending was perfect. It isn't a cliffhanger, but there are still questions that I can't wait to be answered in book 2! I'm seriously fangirling over this one!!
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  • ☽ TheBibliotheque
    January 1, 1970
    Going back to the Lux universe was like waking up to the smell of a pancake and waffle feast. With all the syrup, cinnamon, chocolate and fresh strawberries. And coffee. Don't forget the coffee.It was glorious.RTC closer to release date.*I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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  • Kat Valentine
    January 1, 1970
    What fabulously written tale!! This is such a beautiful story,when evie and her best friend heidi go to the night club foretoken her life and all she knows will change when she meets luc. At first evie thinks he's One of the luxen who are aliens who once tried to take over the world,but their's something more different about luc then just his purple eyes,theirs the feeling of a connection when their eyes meet and though evie is drawn to luc, something inside her is warning her to leave and forge What fabulously written tale!! This is such a beautiful story,when evie and her best friend heidi go to the night club foretoken her life and all she knows will change when she meets luc. At first evie thinks he's One of the luxen who are aliens who once tried to take over the world,but their's something more different about luc then just his purple eyes,theirs the feeling of a connection when their eyes meet and though evie is drawn to luc, something inside her is warning her to leave and forget about this strange and beautiful boy. So very well written,I enjoyed this book so much. Their was everything I love in a epic read,from romance to witty banter to funny great lines,dark secret's and even a few bad guy's!! The main characters are nicely layered and intriguing and even the secondary characters are interesting and great as well. I hope to read more about luc and evie they were great characters and want to see more of their story!!💖😉Thank you Bookish firsts for the arc! It did not influence my review😉
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    4-4,5 stars This was one of my highly anticipated books of the year.I was so excited to be back in this world, one of my favorite worlds from Jennifer L Armentrout.I really enjoyed The Darkest Star, it has a brilliant story line and the characters were lovable.“Sometimes the truth is worse than the lie.”So many thing happening in this story that you'll never get bored.It's fast paced,funny,sweet and there is a little bit mystery.I was intrigued from the beginning.I like the interactions between 4-4,5 stars This was one of my highly anticipated books of the year.I was so excited to be back in this world, one of my favorite worlds from Jennifer L Armentrout.I really enjoyed The Darkest Star, it has a brilliant story line and the characters were lovable.“Sometimes the truth is worse than the lie.”So many thing happening in this story that you'll never get bored.It's fast paced,funny,sweet and there is a little bit mystery.I was intrigued from the beginning.I like the interactions between Evie and Luc, I just wanted more.I'm curious and excited at the same time to see what will happen next!    
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  • Sheharzad ⚘
    January 1, 1970
    we have a cover! it's the quintessential YA cover plucked straight from the early 2010s, and i kind of dig it ツツツ----AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHDO YOU HEAR ME CRYING?!!SDKJHVSDDS OH MY GOODDD. NO ONE TOUCH ME.A. WHOLE. NEW. SERIES. BASED OFF THE LUX SERIES!!!!!!!JLA IS MY QUEEEEN™ I CAN'T WAAAAIT FOR THIS 💖💖 I literally have tears in my eyes 😭😭I better not die before this series ends bc 2018 never looked so. damn. good. KJAHSDGFDSJHG
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  • Nikki Poulos
    January 1, 1970
    21 Sept. 2018RTC (IT WAS V GOOD!! I CANT GIVE MY REVIEW YET BUT GO PREORDER IT!!!!! ITS WORTH IT)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Edit: 17th September 2018I GOT THE ARC, THANK YOU CROWLEY (I mean netgalley BUT LETS BE REAL HERE)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~28 June. 2018I WILL SELL MY SOUL RIGHT NOW FOR AN ARC PLEASE AND THANK YOU. CROWLEY WHERE U AT
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  • Rylee (Hermit Odysseus)
    January 1, 1970
    A good fluffy read; pairs well with chocolate!
  • Roobie
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐4 stars⭐RTC closer to release date★Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC of this book★ ⭐️4 stars⭐️RTC closer to release date★Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC of this book★
  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    (From: Book+Main)
  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    My October just got more interesting - ARC received!
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    “Sometimes the truth is worse than the lie.” It was so much fun being back in this world and getting to revisit some beloved characters and learning more about the Origins - who had always interested me. I knew I would enjoy the story because I already like a lot of the characters - and as a character driven read, half the battle was already won. Getting to see cameos from Daemon, Archer, and some other characters from the Lux series was a real treat. I loved that we really got to know Luc mo “Sometimes the truth is worse than the lie.” It was so much fun being back in this world and getting to revisit some beloved characters and learning more about the Origins - who had always interested me. I knew I would enjoy the story because I already like a lot of the characters - and as a character driven read, half the battle was already won. Getting to see cameos from Daemon, Archer, and some other characters from the Lux series was a real treat. I loved that we really got to know Luc more and see how he’s changed and hardened after the war. I loved seeing his relationship with Evie develop - it was filled with excellent banter and high-class flirting. I really liked Evie as a character as well. She’s resilient and brave, even she she’s scared out of her mind. She was an easy character to get behind and support. Some of the dialogue was so incredibly cheesy and cringey that I had to put the book down for a second. It was so extra and over-the-top, but I also think it’s part of the charm for this kind of story that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is honestly, just a good time. There was a lot of groundwork laid down for future books so I’m excited to see where the series takes us! (And hopefully we’ll get to see some more old favorites again soon.)I received a copy of the book from Tor Teen in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Maria...
    January 1, 1970
    ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME???Luc is getting his own book???Lux series is coming BACK with old and new characters???I’m losing my mind over here and we have a long time ahead for this book to come out!!!
  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really fun read! Classic JLA! Sexy guy, great MC, lots of swoons. I had so missed reading this type of paranormal book. I need more sort of light hearted, fun reads.
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Its been awhile since I've picked up a Armentrout young adult read, but immediately starting The Darkest Star I was reminded why I love her writing so much. Fast moving, action intense and packed with solid, believable and humanized characters that pull you into her storytelling...hook, line and sinker!We met the Origin before but now we are getting up close a personal with a new direction to these aliens that are cohabitating with us on earth. I can't wait to see where this will go. My only com Its been awhile since I've picked up a Armentrout young adult read, but immediately starting The Darkest Star I was reminded why I love her writing so much. Fast moving, action intense and packed with solid, believable and humanized characters that pull you into her storytelling...hook, line and sinker!We met the Origin before but now we are getting up close a personal with a new direction to these aliens that are cohabitating with us on earth. I can't wait to see where this will go. My only complaint, it ended way to soon! I wanted more!!!I received this ARC copy of The Darkest Star from Macmillan-Tor/Forge - Tor Teen. This is my honest and voluntary review. The Darkest Star is set for publication October 30, 2018.
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  • Shawna
    January 1, 1970
    A new book/spin-off in the Lux world? Oh hell YES!!!!
  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    is this a prequel or a sequel of Lux series, someone explain please.
  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 starsThe Darkest Star was definitely one of my most anticipated Fall releases and I’m so happy I got the opportunity to read it before its official release date.Being back in the Lux universe was great!RTC closer to the release date.
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  • melissasbookworld
    January 1, 1970
    3,75 Stars - I normally only give half and whole stars but I feel like 3,5 isn’t enough and 4 is just a bit too much, lol.Extended review will follow when we’re closer to release date!! *thanks to the publisher for sending me an arc, which I received in exchange for writing a review.
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    Review to be posted no sooner than 2 weeks prior to release per Publisher!I received a complimentary ARC edition from Macmillan-Tor/Forge!
  • Ada
    January 1, 1970
    OMG I'm freaking out, I'm hyperventilating!! So many feels, not only is Luc getting his own book, he's getting a whole trilogy...trilogy, YES!!! This is exactly what I wanted after I finished reading Opposition. JLA you have made me one happy reader, I'm so excited!!
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  • Monique V
    January 1, 1970
    OMG A COVER!I want this right now!! I want to know what happened to my babies!!update: WE GOT A TITLE!!I barely found out about this!! OMG I CANNOT WAIT!!
  • Sophia Triad
    January 1, 1970
    Luc! LUC!?! Yes, Luc will have a book :)
  • Donish Henry-Cole (BookItWithDon)
    January 1, 1970
    Bring me back to my Lux Univerise, I've missed terribly. I'm ready.."Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old." old.... old...??? BRING. ME. BACK. TO. MY. BABIES. DAEMON. KAT.
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  • Bella Carstairs
    January 1, 1970
    ¡FANS DE LA SAGA LUX! ¡¡¡¡¡¡TENÉIS QUE LEER ESTE LIBRO SÍ O SÍ!!!!!Y después de este arranque de locura, os explico un poco:He tenido la suerte de leer un ARC de la novela y, os puedo asegurar que ha sido un no parar. Vamos, que buscaba cualquier hueco en el trabajo para escaparme y leer un poco. Con eso os digo todo. The Darkest Star es el primer libro de la saga Origin (en español, Origen), que se sitúa 5 años después de los terribles eventos que sucedieron en Opposition, el último libro de la ¡FANS DE LA SAGA LUX! ¡¡¡¡¡¡TENÉIS QUE LEER ESTE LIBRO SÍ O SÍ!!!!!Y después de este arranque de locura, os explico un poco:He tenido la suerte de leer un ARC de la novela y, os puedo asegurar que ha sido un no parar. Vamos, que buscaba cualquier hueco en el trabajo para escaparme y leer un poco. Con eso os digo todo. The Darkest Star es el primer libro de la saga Origin (en español, Origen), que se sitúa 5 años después de los terribles eventos que sucedieron en Opposition, el último libro de la saga Lux. El mundo ya no es el mismo, la invasión Luxen lo cambió todo y ahora vivimos en un mundo donde alienígenas y humanos conviven en una calma y una paz muy frágiles y tensas. Los Luxen que permanecen en la Tierra son monitorizados y controlados y mucha gente vive llena de odio y desconfianza hacia ellos.The Darkest Star está protagonizada por Luc, un Original, personaje que ya conocíamos de la saga Lux; y por Evie, una humana cuyo padre era militar y murió durante la invasión Luxen. Las cosas, como decía, han cambiado y pronto empiezan de nuevo las desapariciones, con lo cual la gente empieza a sospechar, y la precaria calma en la que viven empieza a resquebrajarse. Evie empieza a darse cuenta de que su madre guarda muchos secretos y cuando su camino se cruza con el de Luc, todo su mundo se pone patas arriba. Nada es como ella pensaba y todo lo que ella cree saber empieza a desaparecer y tambalearse.Esta novela está llena de sorpresas, tiene un ritmo increíble y es casi imposible dejar de leer. Luc es alucinante y, como ahora está crecidito, podemos babear un poco por su culpa. Tiene esa inteligencia aguda y ese humor tan afilado que me encanta y que vuelve loca a Evie, ya que es un sinvergüenza redomado y un poco caradura. Pero es irresistible. Entre ellos hay una tensión innegable y una química explosiva. Evie es fuerte, tiene un gran corazón y es una muchacha con las ideas bastante claras, pero aún así es humana y comete errores. Luc la vuelve loca y cambia todo su mundo. Y me encanta la pareja que hacen, de verdad. Lo cierto es que hay muchas cosas de esta novela que ni me imaginaba ni me esperaba, y eso que me he leído la saga Lux al menos 4 veces ya. El final de la novela, aunque bien cerradito, obviamente te deja una puerta abierta que dará paso a lo que sucederá en el resto de los libros, lo cual, adivino, va a ser peligroso pero increíble. Tengo muchas ganas de seguir leyendo esta saga y me da rabia tener que esperar, pero siempre puedo releer la saga Lux y esperar a que Puck publique el 5 de noviembre La Estrella más oscura en español (porque así va a llamarse The Darkest Star). Y tengo ya unas ganas de volver a leer este libro, que no os hacéis una idea, en serio.Si os gustó la saga Lux y sois tan fan como lo soy yo, no os podéis perder este spin-off de la saga porque, no sólo está a la altura de su predecesora sino que se ha hecho un hueco a su lado y apunta muy alto!Impresionante y magnífica, de verdad.
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Got accepted for an ARC of this. So happy I could cry.
  • Cyn (semi-hiatus)
    January 1, 1970
    A YA Lux spin-off!(As much as I love Daemon, I'm hoping this love interest won't be as much of a douche as him)
  • Anna Serene
    January 1, 1970
    I saw this, and I am ashamed to admit that I literally squeed.I. Do not. Squee.(This dog cracks me up every time I see it. It doesn't matter how many times.)
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