Origin by Jessica Khoury

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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 to carry on their dangerous work.

For as long as she can remember, Pia’s greatest desire has been to fulfill their expectations. But then one night she finds a hole in the impenetrable fence that surrounds her sterile home. Free in the jungle for the first time in her life, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Unable to resist, she continues sneaking out to see him. As they fall in love, they begin to piece together the truth about Pia’s origin—a truth with nothing less than deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, electric new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever. But is eternal life worth living if you can’t spend it with the one you love?

GBC Review by Sofia S.

Hey GBC! This month’s book is called Origin by Jessica Khoury. Origin is part of a trio of books focused on the company Corpus and is part of the same universe as Kalahari, a book I reviewed last year. This time, the main character is a genetically perfect girl named Pia. Pia has been kept in a small settlement is Brazil her entire life, and her purpose is to create other perfect people and live forever with them. When a curious new scientist joins the settlement, Pia’s interest is spiked and she begins to wonder about the outside world. Origin is a captivating story and there is a strong romance plot line. I loved how Pia’s mindset changed as she learned more about the world and her character was very well written. I would recommend this book to everyone between the ages of 10 and 14.

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