Review: Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“Katy can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.”

REVIEW:

I did it, I finished the Lux series!

I don’t quite know how to feel about this book.

Spoilers below for the whole series…

Things I really enjoyed about this book, I liked the continuation of dueling perspectives between Katy and Daemon. I also enjoyed the coming together of the Luxen and the Arum to battle the bigger evil. I also enjoyed the incorporation of the past classes of Origins into the alien invasion. Archer is great and I loved his dynamic with Katy and Daemon.

I have a big gripe with the last couple of books. Katy is assaulted multiple times, by different characters and her trauma is never really dealt with or truly discussed. Blake is introduced in Onyx and revealed to be a double agent by the end of the book. He is brought back again in Opal, and convinces the group that even though he was a double agent he’s there only hope of getting Beth back. By the end of the book, we find out that he has betrayed them again, but even more disturbing is that he has been disguising himself as Daemon and sneaking into Katy’s room at night and spooning with her. Genuinely and completely horrifying! Then Blake is back again in Origin, taunting and being his predatory self until he is killed in a fit of rage by Katy during one of her training sessions. Katy also has an unwanted full medical evaluation done to her while in the hands of the government. Then in Opposition, Katy is once again the target this time by Lotho, the head of the Arum. He says he will only help them if he gets to feed from Katy, ultimately revealing that he just wanted to see how much they were willing to sacrifice. However, after Lotho complements her, he kisses her. I just grew so frustrated because these actions are so completely horrendous, yet they are kind of brushed aside because “bigger” things are happening. I feel like these could have been handled so much better, even if it was just her talking to Daemon about it. I think it just hit a breaking point, for me personally, when the kiss with Lotho was played for laughs.

I felt like Daedalus kind of got the air taken out of their threat level. They were in the background of every book in this series, then the Luxen invade and just nothing. There was no build up for these Luxen invaders besides some throw away sentences, and its frustrating that this was what ended up being the big bad.

Overall, I am happy with the series conclusion. It does have a satisfying ending. I had to stick through it to finish out Katy and Daemon’s story. I’m going to take a bit of break before I start the Origin series. I just need a break from aliens.

RATING: 2.5/5

Have you read the Lux series? What are your thoughts on how it concludes? Did you have the same problems or am I just crazy?

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