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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Origin by Jessica Khoury

Look at that cover!? Interesting, huh? Jessica Khoury is going to be at Austin Teen Book Festival next weekend, so I picked this one up as soon as I could, so I'd be ready. Little did I know how easily I'd get swept away in this story!

Here's the summary 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.

What I Liked: 1) First and foremost I liked the details. It was so easily to get lost in the jungle with Pia and Co because of how detailed the descriptions were. I seriously wanted to know if Miz Khoury was just sitting in the jungle describing what she saw because it seemed so accurate. At the same time, I didn't feel like there were too many details. You know what I mean, where every other word is an adjective? It was perfectly balanced on that line, and put you firmly in this vivid world. 2) Pia. Pia was an awesome character to get to know. Her development was very easy to follow, particularly because when you come into the story, she's really just begun to understand that she can develop her own thoughts and opinions, and not just fall subject to the scientists that are "raising" her. And you'll have to read it to find out why "raising" is in quotes. 3) The unexpected. There were some great plot twists in this book, but I didn't see any of them coming. Even of the mysteries that I knew Pia (and I) were working to solve didn't present very clear answers until I was right up on them. There was a new discovery to make on every page, so I was hooked from the very beginning. 4) The concept. Immortality is a topic that I think is broached in a lot of stories, but in so many different ways. This one takes a very scientific approach, but not in a way that is hard to understand. The summary of this book from Goodreads is pretty good, but the story is so much more than what you get there!

What I Didn't Like: This book pulled me out of a slump I've been in for a while. I was just kind of coasting through stuff, but this one just got me really excited. And I didn't find anything that I didn't like.

Overall Thoughts: Origin is a new kind of story with vivid details, loveable characters, and a completely unique concept that anyone will enjoy. There are exciting plot events on each page, and the ending will leave you very satisfied. I'm already ready to dive into this book again!

My Rating: 5 shots

6 comments:

  1. oh wow I LOVE your review!! and I love how you explained how yes there are details that pull you in but not over the limit so you would become disconnected from the plot. And I am really excited to start this!!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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    1. Oh, thank you! It's definitely a fabulous read, and I think there is really something for everyone in it. I hope you love it!

      Courtney

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  2. I NEED this book! I didn't even know what it was about, just knew that the cover was awesome.. but wow. Sounds interesting and sort of sci-fi which I am into :)

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    1. Oh, if that's what you're into, then for sure! This book is for you! I hope you get to it soon!

      Courtney

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  3. I really want to read this book, but I have too many others to get to. It sounds really awesome though.

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    1. Oh, you have to get to it sometime, Amy! It was THAT good.

      Courtney

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