Friday, 15 August 2014

BOOK REVIEW: OPPOSITION BY JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

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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.





"The blog was a big deal to me. It wasn't just pretending everything was fine or grasping at normalcy, but grabbing it by the ears and making it my bitch. Blogging about books was something I'd loved to do and missed fiercely. Books were a part of me."

And so ends the story of Katy, alien mutant and book blogger extraordinaire, and one of the most relatable protagonists to grace the pages of Young Adult literature in recent years. Katy's journey from gardener-and-book-blogger to a-force-to-be-reckoned-with was our journey. Her geeky ways were our geeky ways and her many struggles were our many struggles.

Why, oh why did it have to end?



Not to be mistaken, this was an ending worthy of the series. It did justice to its predecessors and in many ways it was well-worth the wait. Daemon, Katy, Dawson, Dee, Archer and company are back with a vengeance. Following the conclusion of an alien invasion on earth in "Origin", and with Beth's pregnancy being public knowledge, this final installment in the series gives a whole new meaning to the old and trusted "holy alien babies". But fear not. As our favorite glowing tandem races to save the world as they know it, the occasional segue into the signature-Jennifer-L-Armentrout humor is there to break up the drama and the tension. The reader is granted a breather (just long enough to take one deep breath, so make it count!), and then we're back in action.

This makes for a nice change from the first half of "Origin", which had many of its readers so tightly wound, it wouldn't have surprised us to see one snap from all the tension. The atmosphere was gloomy, the prospects were bleak, the situations Daemon and Katy found themselves in were oppressive and unyielding. And we wanted to cry just a little for them.

Not this time.

"Opposition" improves upon the pacing of the past four books and manages to balance out not only the dark and the light, but also the different various subplots which unravel seamlessly throughout the story without ever outshining one another. In a way, "Opposition" is a buffet, and if you're half as big of a fan of food as we are, you'll welcome the idea of a little bit of everything. The Luxen are invading the earth? Check. Daedalus are still out there? Check. Luc is plotting necessary countermeasures? Check. Beth is carrying an Origin? Check. The Arum are also out there? Check. All you can eat? Double check. And it is precisely this satisfactory conclusion to all the different subplots that makes "Opposition" a worthy conclusion to a highly entertaining series.

The only fault to be found is that - like in the previous novel - Katy and Daemon's narratives are virtually indistinguishable. Their voices are similar to the point of sameness. Is it a shortcoming? Is it an intentional way of reminding us just how deeply rooted their connection is? Our guess is as good as any. Ultimately, all it takes is some concentration and you shouldn't find yourself wondering why Daemon is admiring Daemon in this chapter. (After all, it's not unlike him.) No, wait, we're in Katy's head now...

Daemon and his Kitten have taken a turn for the reckless in this book. But when you consider the looming apocalypse ahead, it's a small wonder that they should. So when you find yourself arguing out loud with them that that isn't the best course of action at all and pleading with them to keep quiet for once in their life, in order to stay alive, we suggest you use this tip: remind yourself how you reacted that one time something jumped out at the screen in a scary movie. Now freeze that scene. In many ways, the events in "Opposition" are this exact moment in time, stretched over several weeks. That horrified silent scream on your face? That's you. The string of half-thought-out decisions with bad consequences? That's Katy and Daemon.

But balance is key, and Jennifer L. Armentrout was channeling it in any and all aspects of the novel. So if ever you catch yourself wondering where all this love for Archer comes from, ask yourself who it is that's perpetually telling Daemon to shut up when he takes things too far. And when you find yourself putting your faith in Luc against your better judgment, it's probably because he's the only thing stopping Katy from protracting her claws and sharpening them on, say, Nancy Husher's face.

Perspective is everything.

And so, in a whirlwind of many destinies colliding, one book nerd finds herself in a position to save the world. If this isn't inducement enough to pick up this final book in the series, nothing else will ever be. We are book nerds, hear us roar!

Highly recommended to book lovers between the ages of 14 and 114.






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