The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars.
So much happened!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌎
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤
The setting: Earth
The Hero: Luc – One of the few “Origins” in existence. Origins are the result of a pregnancy between a Luxen (alien) and a mutated human. Humans become mutated with alien genetics after an alien heals them. Origins are stronger than Luxens.
The heroine: Evie/Nadia – Nadia and Luc were together until right after the Luxen invasion when Nadia was dying of cancer. The Daedalus project (experiments on Luxen, creating Origins, all kinds of bad things) came up with a cure, but along with the cure came a high fever that destroyed her memories. Luc got Nadia the cure but agreed not to see her unless she came to him, which she did in The Darkest Star. Though she was now known as Evie.
The Love Story: Luc has always loved Nadia and loves Evie. Evie has been falling for Luc despite the fact that he is an Origin but is afraid that Luc is in love with Nadia and she is no longer Nadia.
The story sort of started out slow with not much happening in the first 30% or so, but then it got very interesting. There was a lot of action and surprises revealed. There seems to be some kind of group (government or otherwise), that has an evil agenda for our couple and their friends. The world building continued to be great in this book as in the last. I really liked that Evie and Luc and the group of friends that they hang around. Some are Origin, some Luxen and some humans.
Then there is Evie/Nadia, we don’t know exactly what she is, just that her DNA changed when she was given the andromeda serum to cure her cancer and it had made her different. Aside from not having memories of when she was known as Nadia, she also doesn’t get a glow like regular humans after being healed by a Luxen or Origin.
The world is a strange one but is relevant, it is years after the war with the Luxen and there are things happening that are sort of like some of the things we see out in the world today with many of the protests against racism where we hear innuendo that the KKK or white supremacists might be involved in the protests, trying to turn them into riots. In the book, it seems there is some conspiracy involved trying to make the Luxen look responsible for horrible things while really it is some awful government agency trying to turn the humans against the Luxen. Luc and Evie are right in the middle of everything so I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book.
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