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The Darkest Star


The Darkest Star

People who know me will know that I absolutely adore Jennifer L. Armentrout. I will read anything she writes, and THE DARKEST STAR was no exception. It’s the first book in a spin-off series of the Lux series, which she wrote early in her career. Her other books include the Covenant series, The Dark Elements series, THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER, DON’T LOOK BACK and IF THERE’S NO TOMORROW.

While THE DARKEST STAR can probably stand alone, you will have a much stronger reading experience if you read the Lux series first. It will also spoil the Lux series if you haven’t read it yet and are planning to. This review will also contain spoilers for the Lux series as basic events in THE DARKEST STAR are major events in the Lux series. So this is your warning.

"If you’ve read the Lux series I highly recommend reading this one as well. It does a good job of remaining a part of the world while also building on it."

THE DARKEST STAR takes place a few years after the end of the Lux series. The whole world knows how the Lux tried to invade earth. And while the invasion failed, there are a number of Luxen living on earth. They are supposed to be registered with the government --- but we all know how that goes.

The main character Evie is your regular high school senior, besides the fact that she goes to school with aliens. The book begins with Evie going to Foretoken. While there she meets someone named Luc. If you’ve read the Lux series, you’ll know who he is. He’s a Luxen, but not quite. I really liked Evie. Armentrout’s heroines tend to have a similar vibe, but they’re each their own character. Evie has a lot of spunk, and even though she doesn’t know much about the world of the Luxen she’s ready to put up a fight. She won’t let anyone, alien or human, get the better of her.

I want to talk about Luc for a hot second. I really like his and Evie’s relationship, but he also makes me want to bang my head against the wall. He’s super cagey with information and I’m just like “Tell her already!” Luc has the arrogant swagger that all of Armentrout’s heroes have, but once we see the more human side of him I think the annoying part of that swagger will mellow out.

An odd thing about THE DARKEST STAR is that, if you’ve read the Lux series, you know more than Evie for a large portion of the book. It felt a little frustrating to know things she doesn’t, but I think that issue will be resolved by the second book. This definitely felt like a first book, with a clueless main character slowly learning the ropes. I think once she and Luc are on a more equal ground of information, the series will feel more balanced.

One fun thing about the book was the cameos. A lot of characters from the Lux series popped up here and there. I’m sure hoping that will continue in book two. After all, Luc himself is kind of like one giant cameo. That said, this first book definitely felt like it was a little stuck in the original series, but I think that was mostly because it was a first book. Hopefully by book two this will really start to stand on its own.

If you’ve read the Lux series I highly recommend reading this one as well. It does a good job of remaining a part of the world while also building on it. I recently read ZERO REPEAT FOREVER and I think it would pair well with THE DARKEST STAR. If you like Armentrout’s other works or are just itching for some paranormal, this book is for you! And I know I will definitely be reading book two when it comes out!

Reviewed by Isabel C., Teen Board Member on November 13, 2018

The Darkest Star
by Jennifer L. Armentrout