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Friday, September 7, 2012

Origin by Jessica Khoury

by Jessica Khoury
Razorbill (Penguin)
ISBN: 978-1-59514-595-6
Suggested Ages: 12+
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Buy from Indigo

Description: Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile homeand sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pias origina truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost. This is a supremely compelling debut novel that blends the awakening romance of Matched with the mystery and jungle conspiracy of Lost

The Good Stuff
  • Fast paced and never boring. Got hooked into this one really quickly and didn't want to put it down (Yes I was up to midnight reading it!)
  • Intriguing heroine who develops beautifully
  • Sweet love story
  • Constantly had some movie quotes in my head while reading.  The good of the one outweigh the good of the many(Star Trek) & Just because they can doesn't mean they should (Jurassic Park)
  • Good moral commentary - done nicely so not in your face and obvious. Also a book that could lead to fascinating discussions about right and wrong & science vs nature
  • Kept me guessing on what the secret was -- not overly obvious - actually understands that her readers are intelligent
  • Loved the character of Aunt Harriet - would like to know more about her - her actions were very realistic
  • Richly drawn world - quite imaginative, yet very realistic
  • It's a standalone book -- sorry I am just so very very sick of trilogy's
  • Honestly guys just an entertaining read that makes you think - highly recommend - go forth and buy with my approval LOL!
The Not So Good Stuff
  • We get it she's perfect - says it so many times I was irritated
  • Didn't think the epilogue was really needed - unless its to leave things open for a sequel or a story about Harriet - which quite frankly I think I would probably read
  • Pia's mother is all kinds of awful & the scene with Sneeze broke my heart
  • Not a bad thing, but for sensitive souls like me, some of the scenes involving animal testing are very hard to read
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"We Ai'oans do things differently, yes, but in many ways we are just the same as you."
"He shrugs and picks a fern frond, pulling one tiny leaf off at a time and rolling back into little beads." We eat, we sleep, we breathe. We smile when we're happy, and we cry when we're sad. When we swim, we must come up for air. When we work all day, out backs get sore. When we get cut, we bleed."
I look at my pale wrist, Not all of us."

"You can't take someone's gods away. You can try, but they'll hide them and pray to them anyway."

"Everything he does, each movement, each word, is so vivid and strange. I feel like I've discovered some fascinating new species. Homo ferus: wild human. An unpredictable, nocturnal creature usually found in trees. Caution: may cause bewilderment and disorientation. Also, prone to teasing."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • If you like a fast paced intriguing story with heart - no matter if you are YA or Adult you will enjoy this one
  • Sensitive readers may be disturbed by the scenes involving animal testing
4.5 Dewey's

I picked up a copy of this at Book Expo America 2012


  1. Im really excited to read this one. I know what you mean about being sick of trilogys which is why I am so much more keen on reading a book that is a standalone. Cant wait to check this one out!

    1. It was so good, so creative and has an ending LOL! Hope you enjoy as much as I did