origin by jessica khoury (corpus, book 1)
genre: YA, sci-fi, romance
synopsis: 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 seventeenth 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.
my thoughts: this book was recommended to me by firstdove15 through youthbookreview‘s favorite book swap. i’d heard about the book before but hadn’t really planned on reading it. when i looked at it again, it sounded decently interesting, so i decided to get it from the library.
i actually ended up liking origin more than i had expected! my favorite part was probably the romance. i thought it wasn’t too instalove-y, which is always nice. i really liked the interactions between pia and eio, but i wish there had been more of eio (maybe in book 2?)! i liked all the characters, but i wish jessica khoury had gone more in-depth with some of them. i wanted to know more about their backstories and their motives, but maybe those will also be revealed in the next book.
it was also really interesting reading about pia’s community. all the people around her have drastically different personalities, and they all treat her differently. most people think she’s “perfect,” but her mother and her uncle paolo put so much pressure on her to pass all the tests he gives her. if she passes all of them, she’ll become a scientist and make more immortals, which is the whole purpose of the community. i also enjoyed getting a glimpse into the lives and culture of the native people, but, again, i wish that there had been more. the setting as a whole really felt unique, even though everything is technically set in a normal world.