author : jessica khory
pages : [hardcover] 394
favorite characters: eio & pia
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.
I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a few months now and was very excited to see that my library had it! Origin is a story like no other I’ve ever read. Pia was created within a compound and has lived her entire life there. She isn’t allowed to learn about the outside world. And, most importantly, she’s the only immortal human being ever created. She can feel pain but has never bled. She can recite the scientific names of all of the plants and animals in the surrounding jungle but can’t name a single country. The idea of being raised in such ignorance by everyone around her made me anxious while reading. I hate the thought of people being purposefully kept in the dark like that.
Eio . . . oh, Eio. The first time she found him in the jungle he’d stolen my heart as well. He was just so sweet to her . . Well, usually. She needed someone to act normal around her after being surrounded by scientists who call her nothing but perfect, always. Eio is a sort of balance to that as he tries to show her that there is more to life and more that she can appreciate. I loved how he was one with the jungle.
The entire conspiracy around the place was amazingly captivating. I never guessed where it was going, either, and was figuring it all out right alongside Pia. I loved that; I couldn’t even expect when the answers were coming.
I’d recommend this book even for people who aren’t typically into things like this! It’s a great YA read.