Brightest Night, The

Jennifer L. Armentrout
#1New York Times,USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with this steamy, shocking third installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling. The hardcover edition ofThe Brightest Night includes a bonus short story, and the first printing will be signed by the author. He is the darkest star. She is the burning shadow. And together, they will bring about the brightest night. Less than a year ago, Evelyn Dasher was a normal girl, living a safe, rather unremarkable life--a life that was a total lie. Now she's learned the truth about who she was and what she is. Hidden within Zone 3, she knows that if she loses control of her dangerous abilities again, she not only puts everyone in the secret community at risk, but also the beautiful, deadly inhuman Luc. He will do anything to keep her safe. Lie. Barter. Beg. Kill. But there are truths that not even Luc can prepare for, and as Evie's abilities evolve, the consequences of everything he's done turn devastating. Luc is stepping into the darkness. But Evie might already be lost to the shadows.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2020-10-31

First Impressions

This review will definitely contain spoilers for the previous books!

I've been incredibly excited to read The Brightest Night ever since I finished The Burning Shadow last year. In general, Jennifer L. Armentrout is an auto-buy author for me, and this series is no exception! The book did start a little slow, but once I got into it, I devoured it in an afternoon!

Characters

The main POV character is Evie, or as we know from previous books, Nadia. She has discovered that she was experimented on by the evil government group The Daedalus, which featured heavily in the original Lux series. The various experiments gave her major alien powers, and as of the start of the book, she has no idea how to control them. They only time they've manifested, she almost killed people she cares about (like Luc). A lot of this book is about character development for Evie. She really comes into her powers while also connecting with who she was before her memories were taken from her. I liked to see her growth and how her relationship with Luc developed.

Speaking of Luc and Evie's relationship... Things get hot and heavy for these two lovebirds! Jennifer's books fall into the category of upper YA, and that's definitely the case for The Brightest Night. While not as graphic as say a romance novel, it's pretty clear what's going on when Luc and Evie get romantic. I really liked how the characters grew together besides just romantically. They really trusted each other more and more, and I got the sense that there were finally no secrets between them.

World Building

At the end of The Burning Shadow Evie and Luc arrive at the secret hideout of humans, Luxen, and others in Houston. A lot of the book is spent exploring this community and how it works. It was really fun to reconnect with characters from the previous series who were also living there. That said, we only really met a couple of the many people living in the community.

Despite the limited travel of the book, there are hints given about the hell that the rest of the world is going to. Like what's happening in real life, there is a pandemic happening in the book. Unlike ours, it is one that has been engineered by The Daedalus to have alien DNA and either kill or mutate the humans it infects. It was kinda weird to read about a pandemic happening given what's happening in our world. I get expecting the characters to put on a mask and keep six feet apart. We'll almost definitely see the effects of this in the next book, and I look forward to discovering what happens, even if I dread all the crap the characters will probably go through.

Final Thoughts

This is a solid edition to the Jennifer L. Armentrout library! It's very similar in style to her other books, but that can be a nice relief to fall back into an old favorite. If you've read the previous books you should definitely pick this one up! And if aliens falling in love sounds up your alley, then there are plenty of books to catch up on!

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