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(Corpus #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,522 ratings  ·  446 reviews
Deep in the Kalahari Desert, a Corpus lab protects a dangerous secret…
But what happens when that secret takes on a life of its own?
When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. It’s up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety, calling on survival know-how from year
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 19th 2016 by Razorbill (first published February 24th 2015)
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Jessica Khoury Yes, it is! It's set in the same world as Vitro and Origin, but may be read independently of them as the story and characters are all new.
Sarah It's technically the end book of a series, Corpus.

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This is a very thrilling, fast-paced story with lots of nature and a little sci-fi.

The biggest star of this book is the gorgeous, massive Kalahari desert in southern Africa. This is an incredibly atmospheric book to read, which will delight nature lovers.

The daughter of two zoologists, Sarah is a smart and capable teenage girl. She's spent her entire childhood living in remote research camps located in exotic places. In exchange for much-needed funding, Sarah's father has agreed to host an educa
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This was a great adventure and I enjoyed it much more than Vitro. Although all three books feature young females in an exotic location fighting Corpus, they are all three quite different. Kalahari was much more of an adventure and story of survival than anything else. It was very high suspense and I really enjoyed it.

There was much more of a romance than Vitro. Although Sam was not as swoon-worthy as Eio, he was still very sweet. Sarah was pretty incredible. I loved Pia, but Sarah was impressive
Amy Leigh
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed so much in this book starting with the cover! It immediately drew my attention. The character building for the MC was great but not so great for the other characters. The world building was phenomenal and one of my favorite parts.

The evil Corpus labs are at it again with another highly unethical experiment.

Sarah grew up with zoologist parents and had a great education all over the world. She learned a lot of survival skills and more than most people want to know about animals. A few
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely have a soft spot for Khoury's Corpus series. They're more like companion books, really, but each time a new one comes out, I just know that I'll have to read it and that I'll really enjoy it.

Why is this? Well, because I know her books will always have a dash of romance, a couple of interesting characters, an awesome setting, some aspect of morality/depth, and most importantly, a whole heap of what I like to call...

... Scientist Sneakery! Yep, certainly sounds like a term I coined. W
Okay, time for a thoughtful review.
I'm not going to lie to you guys at all. I didn't expect anything from this book. This is not the kind of book I'd pick up on a whim or anything. I've never heard much about the series, so it wouldn't have gotten my attention that way, either. I probably would have added this to my never-ending TBR list, as I do with practically every new YA book, but I doubt I would've ordered it from anywhere.
What a disappointment that would've been, right? So right now, you
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Hasna M. 8B
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so obsessed with this book...I couldn't put it down! Even though I didn't realize it is a series, it still made sense to me! Amazing experience!
Erin Lynn
Wow. Now that was a thrilling read. Full review to come.
Kit Haggard
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This definitely wasn't my type of read. i wouldn't have read it if I hadn't needed to for a challenge. The characters were okay but not real enjoyable. They all were so different from each other. So of course when things got rough it was hard for everyone to get things done. I'm just glad that everything worked out in the end.
Tanvi  N. 8B
A very very very good book. You must read it!!!
iish the One and Only
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would give this more of a 3.5, because it didn't really spark my interest. I felt like it could have had a better beginning, but it was a good read. It definitely had its moments, and it was better than Origin and Vitro, in my opinion.
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Khoury has returned to the world where Corpus exists and is on the verge of eerie scientific experimentation. The third installment in this companion series follows Sarah, a girl who has lived all over the world, in all sorts of conditions while her parents recorded their scientific discoveries. Four months after her mother's death, five teenagers arrive to learn about life in the Kalahari desert. Suddenly, they're left alone after Sarah's dad and Theo, one of her parents' friends, go lo ...more
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I received an ecopy of this book via First to Read in exchange for an honest review.

I've read and loved all of Jessica Khoury's other books, but this one has to be my favorite so far. I went into this book without knowing anything about it, besides the setting and the fact that it has something to do with experiments (the latter was just a guess, it is a Corpus book after all). I love going through books knowing little to noth
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
***I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads - First Reads program in exchange for a review***
I was excited to read a new installment of the Corpus books, after enjoying Origin immensely. That being said, I had high hopes for this book, and was disappointed in it from the very beginning. Perhaps I am just growing out of my enjoyment of young adult fiction, or I am just really getting tired of how shallow so much of it seems to be getting lately. In any case, this book was a disappoin
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fasten your seat belts for the ride of your life. This is a super, high octane, fast paced novel; right out of the gate. After a brief introductory the book goes from 0-60 in 13 flat. First, poachers are sited; then her dad goes to track them; then an urgent call; then Sarah and crew set out for him and we don’t look back. The book moves from crisis to crisis in a heart stopping adventure and action thriller. The book is written in a journal style with Sarah chronicling her search for her dad an ...more
Gillian Berry
Fun adventurey thriller! One of my favorite THINGS is people being forced to survive in the wilderness under terrible conditions, so this was totally my catnip (despite some of the positively MINDNUMBING choices some of the characters made. If I'd been one of those city kids, I %100 would have sued Sarah's dad for abandoning me in the middle of the desert with his teenage daughter, taking the only car, only satellite radio, and all the new food supplies with them). The romance is pretty useless, ...more
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this third Corpus book. I think I liked it more than the second. I especially enjoyed the setting as I don't know anything about the Kalahari. However, Origin is still my favorite because we learned more about Corpus and the people who worked for them. I feel like the last two books are mostly just teens who are constantly in danger in an unusual place. I would like a little more of the science. Maybe I preferred Origin because the main character was on the inside where the last ...more
Dana Latour
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked Kalahari. It started off slow but the story built up. There were so many unanswered questions in the story but it all came together in the end. It was a real "OHHHH I GET IT" moment. It had just the right amount of romance too - it wasn't over powering the rest of the story. The Kalahari desert in general seems like a very serene place. I love the story and the way it was written. I really enjoyed the book and hope to read more of Jessica Khoury's books soon.
Vivian Viveros
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought that the book was SO AMAZING! I really enjoyed the whole story. My favorite part of the book was how Sarah and the others find their way out since they got lost in the middle of nowhere. The book was very interesting and adventurous.
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am glad I kept reading this trilogy. Origins didn't impress me much but Vitro was better and Kalahari was the best. Gripping and thrilling until the very end.
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evie N.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kalahari is about a group of five teens who go on an educational safari trip, and they are sent to the camp where Sarah Carmichael, her dad, and another researcher, Theo live. The first night the teens are their, Sarah's dad hears that their are poachers in the area, and he and Theo go looking for them. Before he leaves, he tells Sarah that he'll be back before dark. When it started to get dark, Sarah started to get worried, and told the group that hey were all gonna go looking for her dad and T ...more
Lexi L 8A
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I hope that this isn't the last book, there needs to be something that is all about the downfall of Corpus. Normally I don't read book out of order, but for this series it didn't seem to really matter, the only thing that connects is Corpus, so I wasn't completely lost on anything. Not a bad book, I wound't go around to people telling them to read this, but I would recommend this anyone who reads this. It has a little romance, but the main focus is their adventure/travels.
One thins I have to sa
Matthew Clifford
No. I didn’t finish the book. This book is an adventure novel that’s so thin and mass marketed it’s laughable. It’s as if it was written in a boardroom instead of at a desk. Besides that, the story was ehh, yet not enough to hold my interest.
Noah K
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: third-nine-weeks
Sarah Carmichael is a teenage girl who lives with her dad and their good friend Theo in a semi desert in Botswana known as the Kalahari. Sarah doesn't know it yet but she is about to embark on a extremely exciting journey, and it starts with the arrival of four teenagers. The teenagers get settled down and all, but Sarah's dad gets a signal about poachers in the area. Him and their friend Theo decide to go investigate what's going on. They've been gone a while an Sarah is getting nervous. She de ...more
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was unaware that this was part of a series!! I just read it by itself! But it was still very good and I understood everything!! This was a pretty exciting read!!

Rating: 😊😊😊😊 (equals 4 stars)
I suppose the longer I put off reviewing a book, the less I realize I have to say about it.  Especially since there really wasn't much to say about it to begin with--at least not much more than what I've already written in my Pre-Review Thoughts.

So I guess, in short, Kalahari was an interesting and exciting read once the story got going.  And I might even chance to say that it is the most enjoyable of the three Corpus books--at least in my opinion, it is.

But again, that is after the story got go
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.8 stars

So first I want to say that as I was adding this book to my shelf, I realized that it's the 3rd in the Corpus series. But it can totally be read on its own. I didn't read the first two and didn't feel like I was missing anything. Everything made sense.

Sarah has been raised to respect the earth and its animal inhabitants. She was raised by scientist parents and the animals they love and study are the closest things she's had to real friends her age. But a couple of months after her moth
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book Kalahari by Jessica Khoury is a survival and science fiction book. It is not part of a series. Kalahari is a book about how these teens and a tourist go on a safari when something terrible happens and they get stranded in the Kalahari desert, with no water and limited supplies. It is up to the tourist to keep the teens safe and not die of dehydration in the desert. Can the tourist do it? Read the book to find out.

I rate this book a 6 out of 10 because I like survival books, but it took
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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 oil and watercolor painting. She is also a professional

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Corpus (3 books)
  • Origin (Corpus, #1)
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