Book Review: Origin by Jessica Khoury

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Following the age-old adage “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”, Origin is a unique story that proves our most basic instincts of survival, love and compassion are worth fighting for.

From Goodreads:
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.

This unique story was so much fun to read! Set in the jungle, the small scientific community of Little Cam gives birth to Pia, a perfect immortal girl. On the cusp of her 17th birthday, Pia’s life is forever changed by a boy names Eio and the freedom he represents.

Pia is a typical teenager in so many ways. Curious and always questioning, Pia places her trust in the community that has raised her. She has no access to the outside world and doesn’t know what exists outside the electric fence that fortifies her prison. When her inquiries lead to more questions than answers she finds out that things aren’t what they appear to be.

Unable to resist the temptation of the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a native villager who has ties to Little Cam. Eio is not the Mr. Perfect Pia had in mind but love isn’t about to let these two go. It’s their sweet first love that really gives the book an endearing quality. Eio’s Tarzan to Pia’s Jane.

Pia has to learn some hard lessons and heartbreak becomes inevitable. The author poses some real ethical dilemmas between science and morality and it definitely makes you think. Her descriptions bring the jungle to life.

Movie rights have already been picked up for the book. I think this would make a great movie!

If you looking for something YA that’s outside the box and not the typical dystopian theme, this one is a great one! Much better than Matched!

I won an ARC copy through a giveaway sponsored by Penguin Group and would like to thank them for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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2 responses to “Book Review: Origin by Jessica Khoury

  • Brittany

    I’m still in the middle of it, but I’m actually not enjoying it as much as I hoped! I think it’d make a BETTER movie for me than a book. I feel like it’s something I need to see and on paper, I’m just not connecting with Pia. She’s still sort of flat to me, but maybe as it picks up, I’ll be able to see more depth to her character.

  • lonelyowlbooks

    Pia does really grow in the last half of the book. Remember, she’s never been past her backyard. How terrible would that be? ugh!

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