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Pia has always known her destiny. She is meant to start a new race, a line of descendants who will bring an end to death. She has been bred for no other purpose, genetically engineered to be immortal and raised by a team of scientists in a secret compound hidden deep in the Amazon rainforest. Now those scientists have begun to challenge her, with the goal of training her t...more
Kindle Edition, 399 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Razorbill
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Steph Sinclair

There are a lot of things I expected from Origin. Mystery, a jungle backdrop and even a bit of romance. But, wow. I did not expect to be grabbing the edge of my seat, turning page after page in anticipation. However, this novel is not for the faint of heart due to a few shocking scenes. But carefully placed gentler moments are woven in with the call of the jungle. Between the bitter-sweet blossom of first love and the nail-biting storyline, I was robbed of precious sleep... I was captivated.

The...more
Colleen Houck
I had the opportunity to blurb this book. Here it is.

ORIGIN is a startling mystery played out in the vivid and lush Amazon jungle. In this deadly clash of science and nature, a heroine emerges. Pia clawed her way through the pages and left her mark on the landscape of my imagination as the almost tangible danger left me breathless.
Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)
It's done? It's finally fucking done?

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Thank god.


Now, die book.

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Wanna know why I despised this book so much? Check my status updates below for more info. Nearly everything that I hated about it is there.
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Liked this one overall, though I wish some things had been fleshed out a little better. Also, if you're going to have a pet jaguar, I think you should at least ride him at some point. I would!

Review to come.
Giselle
Reminiscent of Lost, Origin takes place in the Amazon Rainforest where scientists are experimenting, and Pia is their most prized subject. Born and raised in a small secret village, Pia has never left the compound, has never seen anything other than the same old faces, the same old sterile labs and homes... until now.

Fascinating in itself, this story is told in a wonderfully vivid setting that sets the perfect mood for the reclusiveness of this secret scientific project. I can't say that I'm ve...more
Sonali
I was lucky to read an ARC of "Origin" but am unable to recommend this book.

Pia, a generically beautiful and "perfect" immortal has been raised in a science lab hidden in the Amazon jungle. She hopes to one day create her own race of immortal beings and have lifetime-long companions. When a hole in her electric fence appears, Pia enters the jungle for the first time and meets Eio, a beautiful indigenous teen who is the first person Pia has met who is her own age. While "Origin" has elements tha...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally reviewed on A Reader of Fictions.

You guys, I have been so excited to read Origin. Unfortunately, just because I think a book sounds awesome does not mean that it actually will be. Sadly, I found Origin to be an entirely disappointing read for me, full of mistreatment of animal, bitching, and unsurprising plot twists.

Origin kicks off with animal torture. Yup. They believe in animal testing in Little Cam, the scientific community where Pia has lived all of her life. In the first chapter...more
Yael Itamar
Other than the prose, there is only one element of the book that was well-done: Pia. Her thoughts and emotions came across as very real, and never once did her actions feel forced.

But as for everything else? Ugh, where to begin? We'll start with Eio--a romantic hunk and too stupid to live. Sure, I get that he's in love, but some of his actions are just bona fide idiotic. (view spoiler)...more
Phoebe
Full review (and giveaway!) at the Intergalactic Academy.

There are books you respect for how well they’re crafted–their pace, strong voice and vivid characters. There are novels with themes you believe in, which expand your thinking on a subject in a new and thrilling way. And then there are certain books that do one, or the other, but not both; there are novels you admire, but don’t very well like because what they say about the world is abhorrent to you. For me, Origin is one of those novels.

F...more
Elle (Ligia)
Goodness! This was… Whoa!

Rating: 4.5 stars

Origin was… pretty spectacular!

It is hard to believe now, after I’m done, to think that I wasn’t even planning on reading it anytime soon. In fact I was completely skeptical towards it. I don’t know what it was, really, that made me hesitate. All I know is that after I saw the book trailer I thought: why not? I could give it a try. In fact, damn! It was a good book trailer, alright? It caught my attention and it got me to read the book, and I’m so very g...more
Beth
I loved Origin's action, romance, and mystery--and I couldn't stop thinking about the questions it raised.
Keertana
Rating: 2.5 Stars

I feel as if my journey with Origin has been a tough one. For starters, it took me nearly a week to finish, which may not seem very long, but for me it is looong. Not only that, but I was completely baffled and utterly torn over what rating I should ultimately bestow upon it. You see, Origin had a lot to love, but it had, in equal parts if not more, aspects of it which I didn’t enjoy. Unfortunately, I feel as if the negative aspects of this novel trumped the positive ones a...more
Jessi Larie
From my blog Auntie Spinelli Reads

DNF

**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD**
I usually hate to include spoilers in any review, but the reason I put this down is based off of a spoiler, so that's most of what this review will entail.


I think my hopes for this one were much too high before I picked it up. The story was decent. The originality was great. The characters...eh.
I love the premise, really I do. A flower that can make people immortal and a perfect being with impenetrable skin is awesome. There was a l...more
Luu
Občas premýšľam, či si nezaložiť poličku "hlúpe knihy." Pre knihy, nie sú až tak zle napísané, sú s dobrým nápadom, dobre sa čítajú... ale-sú-neskutočne-hlúpe.

Varovanie: sarkazmus.

Pia je výsledok piatich generácií genetických mutácií - dokáže bežať bez prestávky 30 minút, skákať 2 metre do výšky, nič na svete neprerazí jej kožu, je imúnna na všetky choroby, má perfektnú pamäť, perfektne presné zmysly, reflexy ako mačka, nikdy nezostarne a je nesmrteľná (chytáte sa už na to označenie "hlúpa?")....more
TheBookSmugglers
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

In the heart of the Amazon rainforest, there is a scientific lab and living compound called Little Cambridge. Little Cam houses some of the world's top scientific minds, including geneticists, biochemical engineers, botanists, and entomologists.

It also hides a girl named Pia - seventeen years old, immortal, and perfect.

The fruit of five generations of genetic experimentation and injection of a toxic, but immortality-giving extract from the rare bloom, e...more
Amanda
Read through it again! The final print version is so amazing! It is so much more than just a story about boy meets girl!
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I was lucky enough to be a BETA reader in the earlier stages of this book. Within the first few pages of the book I knew it was something special! I can't wait to read the final version of the book! This is going to be the next big thing in Young adult fiction!!! This book is truly original; you won't find any cliches here. Make sure you start reading when you can read th...more
Katherine
I had the good fortune to read an advanced copy of Origin, and I cannot wait until the actual release date so that I can point my friends toward this amazing book.

Let's be honest: young adult fiction has fallen into several rather large ruts recently (vampires, werewolves, and witches - oh, my!), and Origin is exactly what we've been waiting for to break the trend, a well-thought-out, vivid, original novel to remind everyone what it's like to be immersed in a truly good story.

Pia was born in Lit...more
Lexie
I wanted to love this, and there was a lot to love, but there was also a lot to stop me from really falling for this novel.

On the one hand, there are many things to commend:

It's clear Khoury did very extensive research; she didn't just decide, oh, well, I think a jungle would be all cool and mysterious. She researched it very thoroughly, and it shows.

As part of the Breathless Reads, this is labeled Breathless Beauty, and I can see why. At times, the writing was exceptionally beautiful; dramati...more
Rebecca ♥ Kishan & Warner ♥
I feel like I need to push this up to at least a 4.5/5, which is the same rating I gave Matched. Although this story is more well organized and fully developed compared to Matched, certain things in it made me too uneasy to fully enjoy myself. But then I remember Eio and I want to give it several more stars. :P Jessica Khoury is definitely an author I will be keeping an eye on.

I really enjoyed this book although a lot about it made me very uncomfortable. The lengths people would go for science....more
Karen
This book was AWESOME!! There's something truly captivating about this story, I was not able to put the book down! Origin is a fantastic YA debut by author Jessica Khoury that will keep you frantically flipping the pages until you reach the end... and thinking about it long after you've put the book down.

Origin introduces us to Pia, an immortal created at Little Cam, a scientific community hidden in the middle of the rainforest. Pia is perfect, and has been told so her entire existence. Her skin...more
Lauren
The two books I read immediately prior to this were thrilling YA romances - entertaining, but quickly forgotten - and I was sort of expecting more of the same. Origin completely exceeded my expectations, and I was surprised by the level of depth it achieved - at least for me.

Origin deals with some pretty heavy themes, and because of this I think it'll be a love/hate kind of book. Some will definitely find the approach heavy-handed or uncomfortable in its depiction of the 'natives' and scientist...more
Jenn Cunha
4.5 but I'm rounding up. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book and I still can't get over how much I loved it. The beginning was a little slow for me which is why I'm giving it 4.5 and not 5. I think what I loved most about this book is that it is stand alone. These days, authors of YA fiction have been dragging out stories, which is great because it gets teens to read, but at the same time, it's very hard to commit to an entire series. Origin was great because it was excellent in its ow...more
Stephanie Diaz
Disclaimer: This review is based on an advanced copy of the book.


WHAT I DISLIKED:
I wished Eio were a stronger character--some of his decisions were difficult to believe. The Ai'oan people also felt largely one-dimensional. And sometimes the whole "science is evil" thing was a bit too much.

WHAT I LIKED:
Pia is lovely, as is Khoury's writing. The book, surprisingly and refreshingly, is stand-alone. The plot is largely a fresh one, which brings important issues of morality into play. The jungle sett...more
Melissa Frye
It’s been quite some time since I stayed up late reading a book because I couldn’t wait to find out how it ends. Origin hooked me from page one; so few books do that these days. For some reason, writers think they have to set things up with unnecessary exposition.
Synopsis 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 sevente
...more
Flora Bateman
I loved this read! Was tempted to give this a 5 star rating but decided I couldn't quite stretch my rating that high. There is so much going on in this book and the story keeps you tied to it til the very end where everything is wrapped up nicely as it should be.

Pia is an immortal girl, born in the jungle in a secret laboratory. She is bio-engineered to be what she is and is only one of her kind. Raised in the jungle, she is kept away from the outside world. Not only is she not allowed to ventu...more
Natalia Ceitidh
Read more of my reviews at Dazzling Reads

Vividly Imagined, Compelling and Highly Refreshing!

Wow, where should I start? Jessica Khoury's debut novel impressed me to the core! Origin is unique and marvelous story where science, magic, reason and emotions intertwine to deliver a well-thought-out story with moral and philosophical content.

Origin takes place in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. Here, a group of scientists have establish a small community in order to find the flower containing an...more
Jana (That Artsy Reader Girl)
I have chosen not to read this book after reading a review that had me entirely disgusted. Here is a quote from that review and the link to it (There's a bit of a spoiler in this quote, but one I think you might find worth reading.):

"Let's get to the real reason I marked this as DNF. Killing kittens in the name of science. I bawled. Ugly cry does not even cover it. Not because the writing is good, or because the author is talented, but because the idea of someone purposely killing a kitten is j...more
Madison Castagnola
Pia is scientifically engineered to be immortal. Pia thinks she knows everything, that is until she escapes to the outside world. Pia must face fears, keep secrets, and deal with new feelings in order to join the Immortis Team and make more people like her. While in the outside world Pia meets a boy named Eio who she falls in love with. Together they go on an adventure to find Pia's true origin.
"Origin" by Jessica Khoury is and amazing book. I never wanted to put it down. The book starts a littl...more
Pam Vlieg
2 1/2 really. The world was amazing. I could almost smell the jungle. Instalove. Morality lessons. Science that seemed more like magic. Plot holes (bruising and being worried someone will see the bruises, on the next page a medical exam, no bruising?). Characters fleshed out but unsympathetic. Dastardly parental tropes. But still a fast paced read with much to love in the writing itself.
Michelle Arrow
*4.5 star rating*

"Am I really all that scary?" "Your beauty is," he whispers. I know what he means, because I feel the same terrified awe when I look at him. It tugs at my heart whenever he looks at me, whenever he grabs my hand and pulls me close. My memory is perfect, yet I can't recall ever not having Eio. I've hardly known him a week, and yet I feel as if it's always been us."

Have you ever read a book where you just simply have an insta-love moment with from the first page, and that lov
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Jessica Khoury wrote her first book at age 4, a fan fic sequel to Syd Hoff's Danny and the Dinosaur, which she scribbled on notebook paper, stapled together, and placed on the bookshelf of her preschool classroom. Since that day, she's dreamed of being an author.

When not writing, Jess enjoys spending time with family, playing video games, and traveling the world in search of stories and inspiratio...more
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