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Origin (Corpus #1)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  10,491 ratings  ·  1,526 reviews
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.

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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.

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 (Lost in Neverland)
It's done? It's finally fucking done?


Thank god.

Now, die book.


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.
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
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
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
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)
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
A very special book. About a girl who knows too much...and nothing at the same time. It is not the best Sci-fi you will read, it doesn't have the best character or character development, but the plot and mystery are interesting and the lesson it teaches is worth it.

We were too greedy, grasping for immortality too soon. Perhaps if we had only been patient, content to wait, we would all have forever in the end.

"La jungla esconde a una chica que no puede morir". Después de leer eso obviame
Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Warner ♥
This reminded me a great deal of Matched. Although this story is more well organized and fully developed compared to Matched, certain things in it made me not enjoy it as much. 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. It was really disturbing and nearly nauseated me at times when they
Sep 24, 2013 Beth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, sci-fi
I loved Origin's action, romance, and mystery--and I couldn't stop thinking about the questions it raised.
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
From my blog Auntie Spinelli Reads


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
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
Tilly Booth
BOOK REVIEW: Origin by Jessica Khoury.

I really didn’t know what to expect from this book when I started which made me enjoy this book much more than others I know who have read it. Even though this book is a part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone book. I wasn’t ready to get hooked on a series so this book was perfect and dragged me out of my “never-ending” slump.

I absolutely adored the science aspect of this book. I was hooked form the very beginning and I grew a thirst for knowledge.
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
Read through it again! The final print version is so amazing! It is so much more than just a story about boy meets girl!
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
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?").
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
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
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
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
Stephanie Diaz
Disclaimer: This review is based on an advanced copy of the book.

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.

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
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
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
Lisa ten Brummelhuis
4.5 stars

I didn't expect to love this so much in the end. The beginning was a little rough for me. I didn't really care for all the science in this book, and in the beginning it was just a lot of science. Later on it turned into a beautiful story and I shed a few tears. I'm really glad I finally read this book. I think this book works wonderful as a standalone, so at this point in time, I don't think I'll read the companion novels
I find myself struggling to review this book, because I want to be fair to it and the author. On many levels it was really well done -- a fresh and intriguing premise, an unusual setting, sympathetic (or at least comprehensible) characters, and an exciting science fiction plot. Yet it never quite gelled for me, and I think part of the problem was my suspension of disbelief.

I can't go into specifics without spoiling the story, but I had a hard time buying into some of the characters' actions and
Lots of mixed reviews for this book so I was pretty hesitant to read it. But I have to say I enjoyed and liked it! I think the concept for the book is freakin way awesome and loved the writing style kept me highly engaged. Look forward to reading more books by this author.
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
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I won this book from a blogger giveaway.

Origin by Jessica Khoury is about Pia, the perfect girl who has been created immortal and who is destined to take over the scientific team who wants to create a new race of immortals. She has been raised in Little Cambridge, which is in the middle of some kind of tropical rainforest setting, but she's never been outside of its walls. One night she creeps into the jungle and meets a boy. She never realized there was life other than what she's experienced an
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
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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
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