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(Corpus #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  14,060 ratings  ·  1,836 reviews
Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rainforest. 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
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi fans

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.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Apr 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
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
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
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
May 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Two words : Pet. Jaguar.

Bonus : The Forbidden Wish was such a great surprise that I'm curious to see how this one goes...
Yael Itamar
Jul 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
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
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Matched and Wither
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
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, ya
I loved Origin's action, romance, and mystery--and I couldn't stop thinking about the questions it raised.
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
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
Jul 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, cat-killing
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
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amanda by: Stephanie Norman
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
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm torn. This was a phenomenally imaginative and beautifully narrated story of immortality and living life fully. The prose was captivating, the depictions vibrantly written. But the ending is hurting me - because it could have been so much better. But then I realize that it's more realistic for everything to not be all peaches and cream, which is most likely why the author concluded it this way. So that's why I'm torn. Because for the sake of the story and my feelings, a certain ending could h ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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?").
Tilly Booth
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Stephanie Diaz
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Amy Leigh
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was really unique because the main character was engineered. I loved trying to understand her and seeing her develop. The plot was interesting and I loved the world building. The author definitely did great research of the Amazon rainforest.

Pia was created to live forever. She lives in a secluded lab in the middle of the jungle. One day she finds a way to curb her curiosity of the outside when she finds a hole in the fence of the lab and stumbles into a village. When she meets Eio and
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
Flora Smith
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jenn Cunha
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, bea-2012
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
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: september-2012
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
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.
4.5/5 Stars

Another great story by Khoury! Can't wait to get my hands on the next book!
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, young-adult, arc
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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
Mar 02, 2012 marked it as lost-interest
Sampled. Uninspired romance-action cocktail. Wasted setting and premise.
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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.

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