Release Date: September 4th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: REALLY LIKED
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 home—and 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 Pia’s origin—a 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.
Debut author, Jessica Khoury drops into the YA scene with a novel that defines unique. Set in the wilderness of the jungle, with the scientific promises of immortality, Origin is the epitome of uniqueness.
Pia, as headstrong as she is, has no idea how life is outside the glass walls of her home. And even if she had the urge to leave her glass home, she would never be able to leave the electrified perimeter surrounding the compound of Little Cam.
It takes a fiery new scientist for her to ponder the question: is the electrified fence meant to keep intruders from coming in? Or Pia from getting out?
Origin lacked in action until the last quarter of the book. Despite the lack, I was still captivated. I was flipping the pages, my breath held. There were countless times when I just had to set it down and wonder: how on Earth are they going to get past that?
Origin sets to blur the lines of science and folklore with its intricate plot. While the plot was unique, the characters weren’t forgotten. They are a mixture of people, attitudes, and emotions, all playing an important role in Pia’s life.
Origin puts a twist on the classic tale of the ultimate price of freedom. With the air of Ally Condie’s writing style in Matched and a whirlwind of a plot, Jessica Khoury’s breathtaking debut is just that – breathtaking.