“Beautiful and haunting - raises questions about immortality you won't soon forget”Wendy wrote this review Monday, October 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“best book eva”trinity wrote this review Tuesday, October 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed this teen science fiction book. It takes place in the Amazon rainforest. The main character is a 17 year old girl who is immortal. She lives in a hidden research facility along with a group of scientists who have discovered the secret to immortality and want to create an entire race. The girl learns about the outside world and begins to wonder about the scientists' work. I liked that the story included a mystery as well as action. Teens will love this book.”Janet C wrote this review Thursday, October 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a very well written novel. It was perfectly paced and grabbed my attention almost immediately. I was afraid I wasn’t going to like Pia, but her character matured as her worldview grew larger. Very good story and I like the fact that it looks like this is a stand alone story.”Stacy M wrote this review Tuesday, October 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Jessica Khoury is a new author who is 22 years old! So much potential for someone so young. She also lives about 20 miles from me, which is very exciting! You will love the characters and setting of this book!”Kelley W wrote this review Sunday, October 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I don't really empathize with Pia; I think that she is ignorant and conceited. I understand that she is like that because of her upbringing, but I can't understand why Eio likes her so much. Also, I think that the "immortality" is too unrealistic. Also, why couldn't Pia have just killed Sneeze, if that was what would bring her to her dreams. He was just a stupid cat, if it had meant everything to her to be on the Immortis team then she shouldn't have been so upset by the prospect of killing the animal. It's not like she's a vegetarian or anything.”Pizza Pie wrote this review Monday, October 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this is a YA book.the author is young and did a great job.but book just started great and then slowed and never picked back up.”shannon t wrote this review Monday, October 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Full review on Reader's Dialogue: http://readersdialogue.blogspot.com/2012/09/origin.html
I was captivated by this book from the very first pages. The first thing that struck me was the richness of description. There's such music in it! Besides for using sensory images to bring the scene to life, the way each detail is described brings such life to the picture - "depositing dew" - with a sense of movement and vivacity. And that continues throughout the whole book. Everything Pia experiences has this quality of descriptive aliveness. Part of it is that she gets to see so many things for the first time when she finally leaves Little Cam and ventures out into the rainforest, so her descriptions are full and fresh. Which makes for great heartthrob scenes between her and Eio!
The premise of Origin is really unique, and amazingly thoroughly followed through. Every step of the explanation makes sense, and it's unfolded throughout the story so that it feels organic to the tale but still gives all the necessary detail. I love how there's a bit of native folklore mixed into the science. The scientific process seems like a really good explanation for the phenomenon, but when the magic gets introduced, it lends a sense of the supernatural, just the right amount, the perfect touch to sort of humanize Pia instead of having her be completely a scientific specimen.
The whole story is a gripping mystery as Pia starts to realize that Little Cam is not the perfect place she always thought it was. The suspense and tension builds thrillingly as the evil minds are slowly revealed, little by tiny detail. And then, once it all explodes and the action starts, it's a nail-biting ride! Every half a page, the tide turns and the other side has the upper hand. And then there are all the unexpected things each character does in the thick of battle.
Especially what Pia does. The ending of the book is one shocking turn of events after another, and I never would have guessed how it would turn out. I'm not going to give anything away here, but I'll just say that whether the ending is a typically happy ending or not, it definitely is satisfying. Especially the last line! (Excluding the epilogue. I don't quite get the point of the epilogue.)
I was just blown away by the intense emotion in Origin, from all the characters - Pia and her struggle with herself and her choices, but also Eio and his father, and Dr. Fields, and even Pia's mother, to some extent. Add to that a top-notch thriller and an extremely well-crafted plot, and you've got a winner!”
“Ahahaha. LOVED IT!! Pia's way of thinking is so differnt from the natives (of course) and I loved the idea of her thinking she was perfect because that's all anyone told her she was her whole life. Eio sort of teaching her that she wasn't was just amazing. I loved his character, and the fact that he was good looking was great too. Of course with a little love thrown into that mixture, it was a great read for me!!”Maddie wrote this review Thursday, October 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Origin was so beautifully written.... I found myself right there in the Amazon jungle with main character, Pia. The setting, characters, and plot are so intriguing that I just couldn't put this book down. While dealing with scientific/moral issues so powerful, the romance and life seep through at just the right momentum. I really enjoyed this book.”Holly wrote this review Tuesday, October 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No