Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Review: Origin by Jessica Khoury


Meet Pia. No last name and isolated from the world, which is the entire globe, except for a small village, full of all kinds of scientists, called Little Cam. This facility is located in the Amazon jungle (she doesn't even know that). Did I mention she's immortal? Maybe not. She's the first of her kind. A five-generation work that finally sees the light. She can't bleed, she's immune to any kind of disease somebody could think of and she has an eternity to live.

She's perfect, or so everyone thought because she has one of the characteristics that make us human beings. Curiosity. And it will get the best of her…or the worst. When she notices a hole in the fence and finds herself watching the world she lived in for seventeen years from the outside, everything changes. For the first time she's free to wander the Amazon jungle, where she meets Eio, a local who belongs to the Ai’oa tribe. But the thing is, he doesn't look like anyone in his tribe. He looks like the male version of Pia.

"His eyes are startlingly blue and as wide as papayas. I have never seen such blue, blue eyes."

Eventually he falls for her and wants her out of Little Cam forever. But she wants to become the newest member of the Immortis team and create more of her kind. But in order to accomplish that, she has to pass one last test that is against everything she believes in.

"Go now or lose your chance forever, Wild Pia's voice whispers in my head"

And it's only the beginning…

After that, she discovers that she was raised by people who committed terrible crimes so that Pia could be created.

Personally, I'd prefer if there could be a sequel but the way the book ends, makes it difficult. But still, it is a book worth reading by a new and very promising author.

Goodreads synopsis:

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.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Hardcover, 372 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Razorbill
Kindle Edition, 399 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Razorbill


  1. great review! New follower, found you on goodreads *thanks for the add btw* ;P

  2. Thank you! Your blog is pretty cool!Good job:)

  3. Excellent Review.. Your blog is amazing! I have now officially followed you back :)

  4. Wow this book sounds great!
    I love this kind of book.
    I am so excited! :D

  5. I'm glad! It's a book worth reading ;)

  6. I reeeally want to read this book!

  7. I'm really interested in the novel, it just seems so interesting. Great review! Have followed :)
    Alex @ Possession of Books

  8. Thank you Alex! I already follow your blog :)

  9. I love the blog.

    I still have mixed feelings for Origin. It sounds good, but you said it should have a sequel the way it ends....that is my hesitation. Endings like that will irk me for days...

  10. Well,you'll never know until you read it! ;)