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?

About Jessica Khoury

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Jessica Khoury (www.jessicakhoury.com) was born and raised in Georgia. She attended public school followed by homeschooling, and earned her bachelor's degree in English from Toccoa Falls College. Origin is her first novel. She lives with her husband, Benjamin, in Toccoa, Georgia.
Published September 4, 2012 by Razorbill. 399 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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A surprising first novel set deep in the Amazonian rainforest.

Aug 21 2012 | Read Full Review of Origin

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Set in a secret scientific compound in the depths of the Amazon, this well-written first novel concerns 17-year-old Pia, who, as the result of advanced genetic engineering, is invulnerable and immorta

Jul 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Origin


As a result, Pia is immortal, and the scientists of Little Cam want her to begin a new, immortal race of humans.

Jan 23 2013 | Read Full Review of Origin

USA Today

Yet Pia is starting to think of her glass house in the rain forest as more of a prison to keep her isolated — even though she's told by her mother and others it's for her own good — and wonders what and who else is out there in the world.

Sep 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Origin

Alice Marvels

I love all my vampire immortals (Stefen, Damon & Simon) but my favorite immortal of ALL TIME is Mangus Bane from Mortal Instruments, I love that even though he accepts his immortality he would give it up to be with his love Alex <3.

Sep 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Origin

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