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am 8. November 2014
"Opposition" by Jennifer L. Armentrout is the fifth and last book in the Lux Series. The intergalatic battle to the death finally takes place when Luxen from all over the universe decide to take down humanity the only way they know - bloody, that is.
I feel like this novel is utterly superfluos. The last novel of a series is supposed something special that ties all loose ends and leaves the reader completely satisfied. I dragged myself through this one and counted the pages that I still had to read, because I honestly didn't care about what was going on. Surely, an alien invasion is always a plot line that requires a lot of action scenes, but Armentrout can't write action scenes at all. What I've been already criticizing in the last two books didn't change. Her action scenes annoy me and are still all over the place. I found myself skimming page after page, which is something that should NEVER EVER happen.
Her writing is just so off in this one that I didn't even recognize her characters. The Lux Series is rooted in the relationship between Kat and Daemon and to me, that's the only reason I even continued after book three, which was just an overall catastrophe. I don't know why she started switchting the POVs mid-series and I still dont' like it. With YA that relies heavily on the love interest/protagonist relationship, you CAN'T JUST DO THIS. There has to be some mystery to it, what intrigues me in those romance subplots is that I don't know what the love interest is thinking and if you give me the same scene from his POV two pages later, yeah, I won't care about your love interest anymore. (Writing 2/5)
Daemon constantly calling Kat "baby" made me cringe. Their general lovey-dovey gooey gross conversations are even worse. What is - or rather what WAS so special about them was their whole "ugh, I hate you so much now kiss me" -thing they had going on. I fell in love with Kat because she was having none of his cocky attitude and I fell in love with Daemon because he was unreasonably inproppriate. In "Opposition" they're basically just making out like all immature, annoying teenagers in every YA novel ever and if there is a kissing/making out scene every 50 pages, every reader will eventually lose their mind.
The best thing is, JLA doesn't even go through with the scenes, she just leaves us hanging with a half-assed teasing scene and a shirtless Daemon. Also what's up with Kat suddenly stopping and reiniscing about how hot her boyfriend is? Am I mistaken or shouldn't they be way past that whole superficial thing? They're married for god's sake. You'd think they fell in love with each other's personalities - while I do believe that is true for Daemon, I'm pretty sure Kat is simply all over his hot exterior. Just the fact that she mistakes Dawson multiple times for him for a second says enough, doesn't it? Ugh.
With Archer and Dee we have a serious case of insta-love that just disappoints me. Both of them rose to be favourites of mine and were painfully neglected throughout the entire series. They were ignored so there could be very important, very relevant make out scenes between Daemon and Kat. Very important. Archer and Dee fell in love with each other ('s looks) on the spot and their ending is as obvious as it is cliché. Yawn. I am disappointed and pretty angry that they were used as lame side characters to a story that doesn't even have a plot. Like, come on, she could have at least focused on the characters!
In "Opposition", just like in every sequel to "Obsidian" before, a character or two that were presumably dead make a return only to reveal that they're bats*** insane/ evil now. Very original. I actually made a list in my mind of all characters that weren't dead yet and you can basically guess who's going to come back. JLA makes a beginner mistake by trying to throw in too many plot twists and too many characters with authority problems and misanthropic tendencies. At this point, after Blake, who probably turned badside twice or three times within one novel, I'm not even surprised anymore. I'm just rolling my eyes, thinking that she can't be serious. But sadly, she is. (Characters 2/5)
The plot itself is not worth mentioning. Actually, I already forgot half of it and had to flip through the pages again to remember. This is NOT a good sign. If your readers care so little they forget what's going on, you probably rethink what you're writing there. The Luxen are coming to earth to eradicate humanity and Kat & Co. hide in random houses 24/7. That's it. Literally. Also featuring random roadtrips with bad jokes and a cranky Daemon, cliché villains (Bleach blonde hair and leather pants? Really? Somebody watched too much Buffy there) and the most horrible, fan fiction-esque happy ending I have ever read about. I am so done with Daemon and Katy. (Plot 0/5)
Overall: Do I recommend?
Actually, I still think that "Obsidian" is a great book, but it should have been a stand-alone. "Opposition" is definitely the weakest book of the entire series. I have read the first novel a little over a month ago and here I am now, angry, frustrated and disappointed after having devoured the fifth. I had to keep myself going by force after novel three and it didn't get better. I didn't feel like I was learning anything new, and Daemon and Katy distorted more and more to be just like every other fictional YA couple there is.
The Lux Series has an interesting concept, but it is by no means developed enough to be stretched onto five (if you count the prequel novella, six) novels. I don't recommend going for the series. Just read "Obsidian", swoon over the great characters and pretend there are no sequels because all you're going to get from them is a headache.