Sunday, November 25, 2012

Origin by Jessica Khoury

Summary on GoodReads.

I was so looking forward to reading this book. Pia was born in a secret lab deep in the jungle of the Amazon. She’s born perfect. She doesn’t get sick, her skin is like that of Superman – can’t be pinched by needles, she doesn’t grow old-er, she is super smart and she is soon to become a scientist to help make others like herself and help create the perfect new race.

There is also Eio, a boy from a nearby village who Pia meets one night when she escapes the lab and ventures into the jungle. They fall in love and he urges Pia to leave the lab and run away with him.

For me, the concept of immortality is a very interesting one. Unfortunately, the book is very simple and kind of black and white to read.

A few points are:
1) It is never fully explained how Pia was made. She has a father and a mother but, was she born naturally? Was she a normal baby? Did she grow up like regular kids do or kind of like that movie Splice?
2) It looks like everyone who lives in this lab/facility called Little Cam has been there since they were… 15? How is that?
3) Pia is supposed to be this super smart girl but her reasoning and dialogue seem pretty dumb to me.
4) There is a secret room where Pia is forbidden to go… why?
5) Others who tried to escape where “discouraged” from ever doing so… What is really going on in Little Cam?

I never really found out what Little Cam is about. Why or who people were chosen to live there, why you couldn’t ever leave, what kind of lab or experiments were taking place… oh! I just didn’t find any sense to the story other than bring Pia and Eio together, create a love story and give it a happy ending.

I guess the dialogue between Pia and Eio is dull because English is Eio’s second language. But for God’s sake! Did it have to be that dragging and boring?

I didn’t feel any momentum rising in the book. I didn’t feel any sense of adventure either (as the book is cataloged under ‘adventure’). I didn’t feel any type of connection to Pia or anybody else.

What I liked: I liked the general idea of the book and the ending. It was very interesting discovering where Pia’s perfection came from!

Different opinions here and here.


  1. I've heard mixed reviews on this one. It seems promising, but I'm not sure it's worthy the hype.

  2. Interesting. I like how you always give your honest opinion, this is the first negative review I have read but it is enlightening.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, yours is pretty, also!