Review * Origin by Jessica Khoury

August 27, 2012 Reviews 14 ★★★

Review * Origin by Jessica KhouryOrigin by Jessica Khoury
Published by Razorbill on September 4, 2012
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 394
Format: Paperback
Source: BEA
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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.

What I Thought…

  • One reason why I would want to be immortal – I would be able to read all the books. One reason why I would not want to be immortal – watching my family and friends die would suck.
  • I want to visit the rainforest someday so bad! It doesn’t matter what kind of book (or movie) I read it always makes me want to go there.
  • Pia is the lynchpin of a new immortal race. And this is all she knows.  Literally. In order to keep Pia in line they only teach her what she needs to know, which is everything about science and elysia (what gave her the immortality) and nothing about the real world. She’s never even seen a map of the world. Even though she doesn’t realize it she is a prisoner, she’s never left Little Cam.
  • While at times Pia could be a little annoying I did feel sorry for her.  Everyone at Little Cam kept calling her perfect. It would be enough to give anyone a complex.  Many of the scientists treated her like a god because of her immortality. It was nice to see her struggle with immortality and what it meant for her.
  • Uncle Paulo was the worst!  He was the super crazy scientist that let everything go way too far.  At one point in the book he even calls himself a god.  And you know what happens when people try to play God…
  • There were other crazy scientists too, though none as crazy as Uncle Paulo.  They were very dedicated to their cause and it was a little disconcerting.
  • Aunt Harriet was my favorite character.  She recently came from the outside and liked to do things her way. She was the one person who would be honest with Pia.
  • Eio was an Ai’oan, the indigenous people that lived near Little Cam. The Ai’oan’s were so much better than the scientists. I enjoyed reading about Pia’s adventures with them much more than what happened inside the compound.
  • The connection between Pia and Eio felt a little forced at times. There weren’t a whole lot of feelings in this book. It was more they met, they are going to be together, the end.
  • At times Origin was a little too sciency for me. A lot of science words were tossed around in the beginning.  The concept of how someone is made immortal is a little complex but not over the top.  How the elixir is made is a little over the top for me, but science lovers probably won’t think so.
  • There were some surprises along the way but the ending was a little obvious. There was really only two ways it could go and the probability was high that it would go the way it did. I might have actually liked it a little more if it would have gone the other way because it would have been different.


14 Responses to “Review * Origin by Jessica Khoury”

  1. Christina

    I did not feel sorry for Pia AT ALL. Definitely agree that there weren’t a lot of feelings in this book. Pia and Eio hadn’t really met anyone of their age group ever, so clearly they should be together. Sigh.

    I totally want to be immortal so I can read ALL THE BOOKS.

  2. Jenny

    I just can’t decide if I want to read this one. It sounds like there might be too many flaws that will bug me. And forced relationships are dreadful. I can’t take any more!

  3. fakesteph

    I have this one waiting for me, but the more reviews I see of it, the less I want to read it. I do like science fiction, though.

  4. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    I really want to read this! I’m sorry you didn’t love it. But I know you’re not a huge Sci-Fi fan. And I totally agree with you on the reasons to be and not to be immortal! Perfect reasons for both!

  5. Bittner

    I’m not big into sci-fan. If you had loved this one I might have given it a chance but it just doesn’t sound like me. I do think that when books take the less predictable way out, that they are being brave and clever, but I am also such a huge fan of happy endings that I don’t care if they are predictable or not.

  6. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    I need to read this, but some of the names are giving me a headache just looking at them. Maybe I’ll just do a book feature and giveaway? I don’t know. The cover is still awesome though!

  7. Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

    The names of the idigineous people are hard and I can understand them giving you a headache. They drove me a little nuts, but since they are indigineous people I think I would have been more bothered if they were Adam or Elizabeth.