This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: YA Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Tor
Released on October 30, 2018
When an author writes a spin-off of a favorite series, I am so on it. I didn’t expect her to write this, and I think I might have even squealed out loud when I found out about this book. I don’t squeal as a rule, but I did. Lux readers are so in for a treat.
Back in 2014, I found a young adult series named, Lux. I spent just a few days reading all of them back to back. They were so well written and full of action and romance that I literally could not put them down. I hated to see them end.
Evie is seventeen and lives alone with her widowed mother. Widowed due to the war with the Luxen, four years previously. It’s a whole new world now, one with aliens living among humans. They’ve lived among them for a long time, but now humankind knows about it, when before it was secretive. Of course, the government has known about it for a long time and government being what it is, had been using Luxen for their own nefarious purposes for years. Luc was part of the experiments that were done before the war. Now eighteen, he has come into his own and is more powerful than any other alien. When Evie goes to a nightclub and meets Luc one night, it sets in motion events that will change her life.
Luc was actually a big part of the Lux books, so I was beyond happy that he was going to be in this spin-off series. Back then, he was a young teen, but still someone older than his years. His intelligence is off the charts, as is his many supernatural gifts. Even back then he was dangerous to know or be around. Now on his own and undocumented, he not only owns the nightclub, but also helps other undocumented Luxen. When Evie meets Luc, she really wants nothing to do with him and can’t understand why Luc apparently wants everything to do with her. Evie has secrets inside of her and Luc knows all of them, much to Evie’s dismay. And that’s because Luc knows things that even Evie doesn’t. I thoroughly enjoyed both of the characters. There were important side characters as well, most notably, Heidi, Evie’s best friend, Zoe, another good friend, and her mother, Sylvia.
Yes, this was a romance or truthfully, at least the beginning of one. Since it’s a series, I am looking forward to how it all progresses. This was also a book full of mystery, intrigue, murder and a downright pretty horrible villain. I think it would be more for older young adults as was the Lux series. That being said, some of the book does take place in high school, but not so much that it took away from the heart of the story. The heart being Luc and Evie and all the secrets and lies that surround them. I also loved seeing Daemon from the Lux series show up more than once, but really missed that Kat, while mentioned, didn’t show up in the book. Hopefully, she’ll be in the next one.
This is, of course, science fiction, something that I don’t read much of truthfully. However, since it’s such a good story and the series that came before it was a favorite of mine, I would tell anyone to read it-regardless if it’s a genre not usually read. I would have really missed out if I hadn’t strayed out of my usual go to genres.
Due to spoilers, I don’t want to say much more about the actual story, but I highly recommend this 5 star read! I also recommend the Lux series as well.