Hi everyone! Ash here. Origin, by Jessica Khoury, is a great, 10-pen book, for many reasons. Like Numbers, the cover seems a little odd, but hey–look past the cover. Look at the rating. Look at the review. Most of all, look at the inside of the book. Soon, you’ll get the cover, and it won’t be quite as disturbing.
First of all, there’s the plot line. The plot line in itself is amazing. A girl that can live forever? I know there’s probably a bunch of books about people who live forever, but this one trumps them all. (If I haven’t read any other books about people who live forever and I know this one is better than them, you’re definitely going to want to read this!) Anywho, like I was saying, this girl, Pia, is immortal, and she has always known what her destiny was–and start a new race, a line of people who will bring an end to the end: an end to death. She has been created for no other purpose, genetically engineered to be immortal and raised by a team of scientists hidden deep in the Amazon rainforest in a compound called Little Cam. These scientists have now begun to challenge her, so that they can train her to carry on her dangerous work.
Second of all, there’s the twist in the plot line. For the first 16 years of her life, Pia has wanted nothing other than carrying on that work and fulfill their expectations. But on the night she turns 17, she discovers a hole in the electric fence surrounding her home. She is free in the jungle for the first time in her life, and finds a boy named Eio (sorry, no idea how to pronounce that–maybe E • O? or E • I • O?), a boy from a nearby village. Unable to resist, Pia continues sneaking out to see him. As they fall in love, they start to learn the truth about Pia’s origin. This truth is not what Pia hoped. This truth has deadly consequences. This truth will change their lives forever.
Third, there’s the characters, the settings, and the amazing amount of detail in both! When you read this book, you feel as if this could have actually happened. Adding to that is the fact that it is set in a real place, and it seems scarily true.
Hope you like!