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Origin by Jessica Khoury Book Review

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 sev
enteenth 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.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia's origin--a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

I’ve been wanting to read Origin since it was first announced as a Breathless Read last year. I didn’t like the main character so much, but the descriptive writing and shocking plot were both amazing! 

The writing in Origin was beautiful. I loved the descriptions of the rainforest and the way the story was told was really great. There was so much imagery, but it never got to the point where it was too much to take in. 

The plot was also very interesting. It had a lot to do with science, and although I started to suspect what was coming, it was still great to read about and some things definitely surprised me. The goal of the scientists and the extent they would go to do various things was so surprising to me. The epilogue towards the end also did a great job summing things up.

Pia was a pretty annoying main character. She was arrogant, and although she was perfect, she felt the need to tell everyone that and act spoiled. I can understand why she was this way, though, with all the scientists she grew up with having told her that she was perfect her entire life. She did get to be a much better character as the story went on. 

There was a love interest in Eio, a native from a nearby village. I feel Eio’s and Pia’s relationship moved way too fast. There were a good couple together, but I think I would have liked reading about it a lot more if Origin hadn’t just immediately jumped into their relationship.

The last thing I want to address is some animal cruelty. There is some experimentation done on the animals, which I didn’t like reading about at all. I love animals, and some things done to them were heartbreaking.

Overall, Origin was a great read. I’m looking forward to reading what Jessica Khoury writes in the future, especially her upcoming novel, Vitro. I’d give Origin 3 out of 5 flowers.


  1. I have also wanted to read this but now I won't even consider it. Pia sounds like a mayor pain in the a** and I'm sick and tired of annoying girls. Great review.

  2. Ah, I love animals too. I had no idea about that aspect of the story. I'm still eagerly looking forward to reading it soon. Same for me -- been waiting to read this one forever. And I'm glad that you enjoyed the writing and the plot, too bad the MC wasn't that good at first. Thanks so much for sharing and reminding me that I have yet to read this pretty:)

    Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination

  3. I wanted more from this book. But I love the plot it sounds original :D Great review!


  4. Sorry Pia was annoying but glad the plot was interesting

  5. I have seen that in this one the animal testing bothers quite a few people. Also, sad to see that Pia was so grating I think I would want to slap her, but it sounds like you are supposed to want to so maybe I would be OK with it. I have had this one since it came out and haven't read it, I should really do that! Great review!

  6. The animal cruelty sounds like a turn off to me, but I've been really curious about this book for a while. Still don't know if i want to read it though. Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

    1. Thanks! If you do decide to pick it up, I'm looking forward to seeing your thoughts on it :)

  7. I have this one on my shelf and I keep flip-flopping between reading it because of all the mixed reviews. I think the one thing that puts me off is the insta-love, especially if the romance is a central part of the book. I think I'll hold off on reading it and maybe give Vitro a go when it comes out. Great review, Montana!

  8. The writing and setting were really great in this book! I think I had some small annoyances with the characters but was able to overlook them. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for some more from this author :) Nice review!

  9. I really loved this story actually. I was interested in Pia's character and I really enjoyed how she grew over the course of this book. And also an added bonus was that this book is a standalone. I'm glad you liked it though :)


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