Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a romance science fiction young adult book that was published on 8 May 2012. It is the first book in the Lux series of 5 books.
The novel follows Katy, who moves with her mother to West Virginia for the beginning of her senior year onto a street with only two houses. Next to her house live the Black family, consisting of Daemon and Dee, who are twins the same age as her. Daemon is harsh and unwelcoming when they meet, which puts Katy off, but she is not put off by Dee, who is the complete opposite to Daemon. Dee is friendly and sweet, and the two quickly become friends. Unfortunately for Katy, that means that Daemon and Katy have to see each other more than they would probably like.
Obsidian has a will-they or won’t-they type of romance between Katy and Daemon, where Katy is witty and sarcastic and does not appreciate Daemon’s rude behaviour. Her character was very likeable, probably more so than Daemon, as he was quite offputting in this book especially. As the story progresses, Katy learns a secret about the twins, a secret that involves Katy being linked to Daemon in a way that other people like Daemon and Dee can see – and take advantage of.
When I read the blurb of Obsidian, I found the linking part very strange. It makes sense once you understand the specifics of it, but overall it is a rather random plot idea. Although the alien part was sometimes difficult to grasp, the action and mystery was intriguing to read about.
What kept me reading the novel was the flirty and fun relationship between the main characters. It was the kind of chemistry that I like to see in a book, where the characters argue with each other in a humorous way.
It was a light-hearted read, and I enjoyed it enough to want to read the next. The writing was almost was like reading Katy’s diary, so it was very informal and chatty.
I recommend Obsidian to teenagers and adults who like reading young adult. The science fiction genre was not as evident in this book, so the romance is more predominant. However, it reads as more of a science fiction book once you read the rest of them, especially the final two. If you can handle the science fiction – or the romance – then give it a go!
Note: If you’re interested in buying this book, I would reccommend getting Lux: Beginnings, which is the first two books in one. It is virtually the same price as just getting the first one, but you get two in one!