Hey, guys! Today I am very excited to discuss the final book in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s fantabulous Lux series! I really enjoyed this, even if it is not my absolute favorite finale I’ve ever read. It dealt with some cliches, though I did not mind them too much. I am very sad that this series is over, but I actually ended up picking up on some things I missed before in the thousand other times that I have read this book. It really surprised me with how much I enjoyed it this time around. But let’s go ahead and jump right into the review!
“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…”
In many ways, this could be considered a cliche end to the series, which mirrors that in television shows where the world ends up ending in the final season. That happened in the final season of H2O: Just Add Water, The Vampire Diaries, and many, many other shows. But the beauty of different shows and different books doing an explosive apocalyptic ending is they all seem to do it differently, and that was the beauty of Opposition, the final book in the Lux series. Some might say it was a cliche ending because this is a science fiction series about aliens, and there was an alien invasion at the end of this series. But I think Jennifer managed to make this alien invasion unique to this series, and it ended up being super interesting.
Speaking of the plot, I thought it was interesting how we got to see both sides of the war. We got to see the military/human side of it and the alien side. We really got to see the resilience of the humans and the psychopathic tendencies of the Luxen. That was something that particularly creeped me out. Just seeing how the Luxen who hadn’t been living on Earth just annihilated (or tried) the human populace with their malice, violence, and arrogance really made me want to run in cover, to be honest. I totally would not have survived the war. I would have been killed for something stupid if I am being honest. Like being sarcastic at the wrong time…
But anyway, regarding the human side, we saw the sacrifices they were willing to make to try and fight back against the Luxen. They really were willing to sacrifice the few to save the many, and Katy and Daemon and all of them knew that was wrong, so they decided to do something about it. Two warring species come together to end the war, and that just shows how resilient people can be. But these two species coming together really made me reminiscent of Twilight (because I am fairly certain this was at one time Twilight fanfiction) with the werewolves and the vampires. Also, there was at least one Twilight reference in this book, which I didn’t catch the first time I read it, and when I came across it this time, I burst out in uncontrollable laughter because it was the most relevant thing ever.
Our characters went through a tremendous amount of character development in this final book, as if they had not already gone through so much. We got to see how much Dawson really cares about Beth, and the sacrifices he is willing to make to ensure the safety of the girl he loves. I think we really get to see Beth more in this book and start to see the confident, beautiful girl that caught the heart of a Luxen in the first place. Just seeing their relationship with them together really solidifies their romance in the reader’s mind, and I just loved that.
We really get to see Katy and Daemon’s relationship develop as he finally stops trying to protect her from everything and really sees her as someone who can kick some ass. He doesn’t try to shield her from everything, which just shows so much development with his character. He shows even more development by not trying to like annihilate Archer for the way he looks at Dee, for even liking Dee. Because he protects Dee like nobody’s business, and to see him finally start to loosen the reigns a little bit was nice to see. Katy also goes through a lot of development. Katy just starts kicking ass and really shows how strong she is. She really shows how fucking brave she is. She just has grown so much from the character we meet way back in Obsidian. She just is not backing down, and I admire the shit out of that!
Okay, but we need to talk about something else in regards to Katy and Daemon. This is going to be a really awkward topic, but can we just talk about the fact that Jennifer put 10x more sexy scenes in this book than any other book in the series. I don’t know if it is because it’s the end of the world or the fact that it is just Daemon and Katy, but that was just something I noticed. That there were a lot of sexy times in this book, and one of those times was just so one of them would not have to think about what happened in the war. I don’t know; it was just something I noticed.
And that actually reminds me about this one really important event that happened in this novel. It is what really set off the waterworks for me. This event that happens really changes one of our characters. Forces this character to grow up in ways they should not have to. I think we all knew that this was a possibility, that this event could happen. But it almost seems cruel that it ended up being this way. But it didn’t become unrealistic in its cruelty. I think that to have this event not turn out this way would be the unrealistic thing, in my opinion. Not everything could turn out great and everything has its breaking point. These bastards just wanted to hurt a certain character as much as they possibly could, and they did.
I think that we just get to see the extremes that people will go to, whether that be born out of love, desperation, hatred or a combination of all three with this book, and that just made it very different to other books about alien invasions that I have read. I absolutely loved this explosive series finale, I loved the writing, the character development, the war and the different sides we got to see, and I just really loved seeing our characters come out the other side, though not without their share of scars. I just really thoroughly enjoyed my reread of the finale, and I think it was just the best way Jennifer could have ended the series.
And there you have it! That was my review of Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout. What is your current favorite science fiction novel? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!