Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
ABOUT THE BOOK
Published: Aug 5th, 2014
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Length: 500 pgs.
Series: Lux, Book 5
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Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.
She 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.
War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.
I really enjoyed this book. That was both welcoming and surprising, especially since I had quite a few issues with the last book. The thing is, though, that I had quite a few issues with this book too but because it’s the final goodbye, I couldn’t help but enjoy it despite the issues.
I really liked Katy and Daemon in this one. Sometimes I would get irritated that they have to keep thanking each other for protecting and loving each other but they still make a really cute couple. I felt like if you love someone, have been through as much as they have, “thank you’s” should not be required at this point so their constant gratification for support kept irking me. But the reason why I think most people like them in the first place is because they are the corniest and yet the hottest couple written in YA books. And also, Katy is a book blogger. I think we can all relate to that.
There are, however, a couple of things that were left unsaid and unclear which really bothered me but to be honest, I never expected these books to be as good as or match up to higher literary standards so it’s OK I suppose. That’s why this book is a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s a lot better than a chick-lit but it sometimes does leave a lot to be desired.
One thing, for example, was the injustice done to Katy’s mom in this book. This is a major spoiler so I am not going to mention anything but if you read this book, you’ll be sad. And you’ll be pissed. I did not like easy it felt to write such a plot twist into the story. It felt like a kick in the gut and my heart reaches out to Katy.
I kind of wished more thing happened with Dawson and Beth. They seem to have a blooming problem of their own and I thought that would become one of the issues discussed but the author just sets it aside after making it such a large cliffhanger in the last book. Beth, in particular, I never really get to know (unless you read Shadows I suppose—which I have not) and that’s sad because Ash got a chance to blabber around so why wasn’t Beth given a voice? I liked the justice done to Dee’s love life. She deserved to have someone, after all the crap Dawson and Katy put her through, and Archer couldn’t have been more perfect. The “bromance” between Daemon and him was a nice little cherry on top. (I love bromances, so much better and hassle-free than romances, in my opinion.) I was sad about Luc but Katy’s last thoughts in the book sums up my opinion on him too.
I was also quite satisfied with the plot. At one point in the book, the story is almost bordering at a dystopian and I am so glad we never got there. If you think hard enough, you’ll probably figure out what our main characters are going to do to stop all the Luxen invasion (it wasn’t all that surprising). But as for the characters, I could see why Katy and Daemon struggled with doing the right thing and I often found myself sympathizing with Daemon’s love for his sister. At the beginning of Opposition, Luxen invasion causes the newly arrived Luxen to invade the minds of every Luxen already on earth and because of this, Dee’s memories are replaced. So having to choose between protecting Dee from herself and the world from Luxen was really not a good place for Daemon to be in. This is a situation I wholly understood and supported in the first book and I still love that side of Daemon which is loyal to his family. Choosing between Katy and Dee wasn’t a choice I wanted to see him make and Katy’s support for him also left me a bit misty-eyed. Also, loved what happened with Nancy in this story—from beginning to end…from being Luc’s bitch to her ultimate end.
Overall, this book was all kind of fun. My excitement had definitely dulled from the last book but, nevertheless, I am still sad to see these characters go. Though five books is a pretty good run.
P. S. This book definitely ends on of the most corniest lines ever. Loved it. And wholly alien babies thank you Jennifer L. Armentrout for not making Katy as keen on popping babies as some of the other YA female protagonists usually are.
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