Saturday, January 12, 2013

Review of Origin by Jessica Khoury - 5 stars!

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Author: Jessica Khoury
Title: Origin
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Imprint: Razorbill
Publishing date: 4th of September 2012
Genre: YA: Science Fiction, Romance
Pages: 394 pages in paperpack ARC
Source: From BEA2012

Summary:

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.




My review:

I received Origin by Jessica Khoury at BEA2012 in June. I have been holding this book in my hands so many times with an intention to read it and finally got it read. You see, I am usually not a YA science fiction fan and that is the only reason few days ago, when I decided to go for it. I am glad, that I did, because I truly liked the book. It was thought wakening for me.

Plot:

The plot deals with  - can you create a perfect person? Or more precisely can you create a perfect immortal person?

Origin takes you to Amazon jungle, where Pia is bred. Pia is a teenager girl who does not know anything about the world outside of Little Cambridge scientific labs. Pia knows almost about everything what there is to know about science, but she has no idea what is New York.

Pia is an immortal created by scientists and she has always been told she is perfect - a beginning of a new race of immortals. She does believe she is perfect until the day she has her first contacts with world outside, firstly by a new woman entering the team of scientist in Little Cam - Dr Harriet Fields who manages to surprise Pia by honestly declaring, that she is not perfect. Nobody in Pia's life has ever told her about what is life outside and her curiosity grows together with Dr. fields' appearance and by the fact, that the fence around Little Cam is damaged and for the first time on her life, she can sneak out.

During her first trip to the jungle, Pia meets a young man Eio, who lives in the village nearby. Eio is not like all the other villagers, his mother was from village and his father is actually one of the scientists from Little Cam. Eio introduces her to his own world.

Step by step Pia starts asking questions about Little Cam, the scientists, about her own inheritage and starts doubting if she really should be happy of being perfect immortal or if there is more to life than just that.

What I liked about Origin was how the author built the tension and the story, how all your questions get answered and I also enjoyed how she decided to finish it. It's not so much about cloning or immortality as it is about moral and being either above or beneath it. What would you be willing to do to write the history?, is the question.

Characters:

Origin is filled with fascinating characters!

I was annoyed by Pia in the beginning, about her perfect world and perfect race she was going to develop. She was so sheltered and so very naive. Yes, nothing can penetrate her skin, she will never die, but she really knows so little... until her curiosity gets her better part. Pia grew on me while reading. She becomes a strong young woman, who finally starts asking questions and finding the answers.

I loved Eio who was so levelled and down to earth. I adored how he took Pia to the villagers and introduced her their way of living. He was kind, smart and had great instincts about people.

One of my favorite characters in Origin was Dr. Harriet Fields who is so feminine and smart and helpful. She does have skeletons in her closet, but so does everyone in Little Cam. The other scientists, who were interesting were Uncle Antonio and Uncle Paolo. Antonio is kind and gentle whereas Paolo is pure evil and willing to do anything needed for the cause and not being afraid choosing the means.

Generally:

I truly liked Origin by Jessica Khoury! Read it, even though you might not be a fan of science fiction, because it is worth of all the time it takes to read! I highly recommend it!

5 Flowers!
5 stars!

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Happy reading!

 

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