email BlogLovin RSS Instagram Pinterest Goodreads Facebook Twitter

Science and Folklore: A Review of ORIGIN by Jessica Khoury

Posted by on September 11, 2012

Jessica Khoury
372 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: September 4th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher

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.

Add ORIGIN to Goodreads
Find Jessica on Twitter | Website | Goodreads

The Icey Newsletter

Sign up for updates from IceyBooks and IceyDesigns, featuring books, blogging tips & tricks, design inspiration, exciting new happenings, and more!


  1. Glad you enjoyed it! I loved it, too, and felt it was a wonderful one-shot book. Don't get me wrong I enjoy many of the trilogies coming out, but a good single serving book can hit the spot and you don't have to wait for the seconds!

  2. I'm not dying to get my hands on Origin but the more reviews I read for it, the more intrigued I become. Electrified fence? Doesn't Delirium have one of those? Hmm. I love how unique this sounds, if I'm ever looking for something fresh and creative, I'll be sure to consider this one.

    Fabulous review!

  3. So, despite all the hoopla and hype surrounding Origin, I (believe it or not) haven't read a singly synopsis, blurb or review until just now. The synop makes it sounds really interesting and your review helps solidify that assumption. I dunno if I'll be rushing to the stands to get my hands on a copy but I'm definitely more intrigued now. Sciencey-brain of mine and all can't help but go “Hmm…”

    Great review!

  4. I definitely agree with you that it took a little while for the plot to pick up. The first couple of chapters for me actually took some time to get into it since I was kind of confused. But I really enjoyed the dynamics of the book. Especially with all the different relationships. Plus her “pet” fascinated me.

  5. “a novel that defines unique” – well, that has me hooked already!!! This sound SUPERB. Your review has be salivating for this book. It sounds just like the kind of book I enjoy reading. I'm very excited. I will add it to my TBR right now (if its not already there) and start looking for it in Kindle format.

  6. I was particularly bugged by the science vs. morality trope. I’m just so bored of it. Science and morality can and do co-exist hand in hand. I found myself slogging through at the end. Great Review :)

  7. I felt the same way! Usually I put the book down if I was promised action and didn't get at a fourth way in the book. But the storyline was so intense I kept reading and Iam happy I did! I wouldn't agree with you though comparing it to Matched. To me Origin was in a whole different ball game. The plot was orginial and it made me think. :) Anyways Im glad im not the only one who enjoyed this book; a few others arnt. :(

  8. I am really looking foward to reading this book! You had said that Despite the lack of action, you were still captivated, which to me means that it must be a really good book! thanks for the review! Cant wait to read it! Hopefully soon!

Post a new comment