Publishing Info: September 4, 2012 by Penguin
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: September 5, 2012
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.
Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost.
Well, I have to admit I was quite disappointed in ORIGIN. I really liked the concept and thought it was a refreshing and unique idea for a story (at least unique to me — I hadn’t read anything like it), but I felt very little connection or emotion from almost any of the characters. Pia seemed incredibly flat to me and I just couldn’t make any kind of emotional connection with her.
I think also maybe a part of it was that I felt like the world building was lacking a little bit. Okay, so we’re in scientist labs in the middle of the jungle. I really couldn’t picture any of it though. I pictured generic jungle surrounding images that I borrowed from Lost and the Origin book trailer. I also felt like the world was so enclosed and encapsulated that I didn’t really feel like much was developed.
Just a touch of mild insta-love and I was zoning out. I ended up racing through the end of the book just to finish.
Pia: I really didn’t feel anything from Pia. Maybe it was the scientific aspect of it that made it totally cold, but I just really couldn’t identify with her at all. I appreciated the immortal side of the story. Anyone ever see Small Wonder? Yeah… That’s kind of what I felt like with Pia.
Eio: Nah, not much with him either.
The concept was interesting but the characters were a total miss for me. If I don’t connect, it kind of ruins the whole thing… But I also would dissuade others from trying because you may have better luck!