Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.
After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he's facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.
All Katy can do is survive.
Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don't seem entirely crazy, but the group's goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?
Together, they can face anything.
But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?
And will they even be together?
Me to Ally: What. The. Fuck?
So the synopsis's last sentence seriously had me on edge- I mean, they're gonna get back together in this book only to be separated agan?! But I read it. And.... wow. It's a +/- wow for me.
Katy is with Daedalus, and they've transported her to Nevada. Can you guess where?
She's with the guys who took Daemon's twin brother and his girlfriend, the group who tortured other Luxen for sick experiments. And when she gets there, they make her go through tests. And stress routines. Blake, the double-triple-quadruple agent, is with Daedalus (big shocker there). They're testing her to see if she's a perfect hybrid... or an unstable one that could combust under the pressure.
Meanwhile on the other side of the country, Daemon's going apeshit after he wakes up and is blasting through rooms of onyx and other Luxen in his race's community. One of the Luxen Elders, Ethan White, warns him that the earth won't belong to the humans for long. (HINT HINT) Daemon says goodbye to his family and meets up with Luc, intending to kick his ass if he did cause Katy to get captured. This is also where Daemon meets Hunter, the Arum. :3 There's a side story for Hunter that I haven't read yet, but I'll be looking into it after this lol. Anyways, the kid hadn't been involved, and tells Daemon he'll help him get out of the government joint he's about to go into if he does one thing for him- bring him the LH-11. Later on he meets Nancy, the head of DOD, and agrees to do anything in exchange for seeing Katy. Before he sees her, though, she shows him videos of what Katy went through. And boy, does that piss him off. She's been hosed, in constant battle with other hybrids. And she killed Blake.
Katy is slowly beginning to feel the weight of every dark and negative thing that's appeared since she was introduced to the clinical Hell that is Area 51. She lives through it, though, because it means Daemon will never have to go through what his twin did, and if he can be spared, she can endure what they throw at her. And then she wakes up, and Daemon is by her bed, as beautiful as a dream could ever be. She's both relieved and horrified at his presence. How will he look at her now, with the blood of Blake on her hands? He was a part of her stress routine and had been egging her on, but was her killing blow out of anger really justified? She thinks not, but Daemon thinks the guy had it coming. And now Daemon is right in the smack of Daedalus's hands!
He helps her cope with the things that have happened, but now Daemon and Katy are together. It's what Daedalus has always wanted. D and K are the perfect couple, their hearts in perfect sync, her mutation on a cellular level: perfection. And when he heals a cut on her hand, and then later a wound on her back (looked like fucking Freddy Cru was there, ugh) the healing and transformation of other hybrids begin. Now, Dawson took it hard when he couldn't heal the humans they gave him, but this is Daemon we're talking about; he was gonna burn the whole fucking world down to find Katy. So when they constantly give him humans "who volunteered" to heal after they shank/inject them with illnesses, some go crazy, some live for days- but it always ends bad. One of the hybrids would've survived if Daedalus hadn't then injected him with a new drug they're trying out; Prometheus, aka: the new strand of LH-11.
Skipping parts... blah blah... In another building of the whole facility are a group of kids called origins. They're powerful beings and, as Daedalus stated, "The beginning of a new and better race." They're also the offspring of hybrids and Luxen who are in perfect sync. Like Daemon and Katy. (O.O) Archer, the guy who's been guarding Katy, turns out to be an origin and Luc's inside guy, and when they get the LH-11, they set the origins free as a distraction while they escape. Archer has them meet him in Ash Springs, and later on, they meet up with Luc (who they realize is an origin, too) and his pal Paris, who then take them to a house with those kryptonite rocks for Arum. But wait, the reunion isn't done, yet! Dee is there, and Dawson, Beth, Ash, Andrew and Matthew, all who were intending to rescue them.
It's a happy reunion after being gone for four months, and for a moment, everything is great. They're laughing again in this newfound haven, the families are together again. Even Daemon is returning to normal, especially when he notices how Dee is looking at Archer. XD
And then Archer and Luc find out that Matthew and their host contacted Daedalus. The host's excuse? She didn't have a choice. Matthew's? The man who was like a father to Dee them? It was a sacrifice of one (Dawson and Beth, Daemon and Katy) to spare the rest. That's a hard pill for them to swallow, especially after the host and Matthew die, and now they're on the run.
They get into the Strip but with the bad traffic, they realize it's Daedalus, searching for them. They're cornered, there's nowhere to go. So Daemon comes up with a plan, something that was said earlier by Luc. Their secret existence is their greatest advantage. If they reveal themselves, Daedalus will have the panicking public to deal with, and won't have time to go after them. After a quick debate, they decide to light up everyone's night in Vegas. Andrew is the first to shift into their real forms of six-foot awesome ligtbulbs, and at first everyone thinks it's a show. But then Archer joins him, and then Dee, and Dawson, and then Daemon. Now everyone is beginning to wary, and when one of them takes out the Treasure Island sign, people start to panic. A news copter shows up, and for a moment, it really dawns on Daemon that they've let the worms out of the can. There is no going back now.
Minutes after seeing the news crew, they see the government plane blow the news crew out of the sky! Now it's war, and soldiers are aiming at them with their new PED weapons made to kill Luxen and Arum. Paris shoves Luc out of the way and dies, leaving Luc to go crazy and use his origin powers on the soldiers. Then the Arum come, and Andrew gets sucked dry. A shot from the PED weapon would've hit Katy if Archer hadn't pulled her out of the way, and instead, it goes for Ash and Beth. Ash curls herself over Dawson's girlfriend and gets hit. She dies.
Three deaths. Three of everyone's loved ones died in Vegas, and after being forced to leave the bodies and retreat, they head over to Idaho, where Luc has one of his safe houses. Everyone is coping over the new loss, and Katy helps Daemon accept that it wasn't his fault. One night, Dawson tells Daemon that he and Beth are having a baby, and despite how shocked and happy he is for his brother, Daemon can't tell him yet that their baby is going to be a mini Luc or Archer soon. He goes over to Katy where he sees her sleeping on the couch, and sleeps with her.
Katy wakes up with Daemon glowing in his true form. He startles awake, and moments later, everyone is downstairs, reporting that the same thing happened to them, as if someone were calling to them. Then it happens again, and now Luc feels it. They head outside, and a second before Beth and Katy finally feel something, a light appears in the sky and falls down to the mountains. Then another falls. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. .........
Daemon knows what it is, but he isn't sure. And then light forms appear from out of the trees.
Dee and Dawson shift into their true forms. Katy feels Daemon stiffen behind her and turn into his true form. And then he lets her go. The triplets stand together, leaving the others on their own.
Katy can't help but think, as the others' lights swallow up Daemon's, about the sides she and her lover would be on if the Luxen ever did take over the world. Or if either one would have a choice in where they stood. And it ends. Like that.
I love this series (and Daemon Black, holy fuck, right Allycat?) and I love aliens and the fact that D&K didn't just fall all over each other as soon as they met. Not that that is bad, but it needs to be delivered a certain way, and there aren't a lot of good delivery-boys, if you know what I mean.
My favorite scene was when they revealed themselves- I always wanted to read something like that, and now I have! It makes me a happy camper. I also loved how Archer and Dee might get together, hehe. And D&K got MARRIED! :D And Dee chose their new identities- it's Anna Whitt and Kaidan Rowe. XD!!!! Sound familiar? It's one of Katy's favorite books by Wendy Higgins:
(I reviewed this baby, too. OMG *_____*)
The reveal on Daedalus was interesting in how they were kidnapping and blackmailing aliens to preform miracles for human illnesses, but it still made me feel ashamed to be a human. And they weren't just curing illnesses, they were also trying to create a new and better race. They were torturing Katy to get Daemon to give them hybrids. They were messing with nature. (Gee, that sounds familiar!) They had some good intentions while using horrible, unspeakable methods for selfish reasons. And that's not cool.
And of course I loved this book because Daemon and Katy are back together- ugh, or might be, after the ending I just read. T_T But yes, I loved this book. It's funny how everyone still kept to their own character and didn't change much (in the bad way), and it was great reading how funny everyone was, whether or not they were doing it on purpose. X) Armentrout is such a genius for making this up, I love her for it. <3 The only alien books that I've read and thoroughly enjoyed are this series and The Host (UGH THAT MOVIE TOTALLY RUINED THE STORY)- *cough*.
Overall, this is a recommendation to this awesomely awesome series. :) It's got a cocky hot alien who's head over heals (and out of his mind) in love for a hybrid girl with a book blog. There's action, romance, other YA jazz (and maybe some NA)... did I mention the hot and cocky alien? I think I did. Anywho, this just came out, so hurry up and get caught up before the next installment comes out!
Happy Reading :)