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.
Hardcover, 394 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Razorbill
(summary grabbed from GoodReads)
I don’t have very much to say about Origin that hasn’t already been said. So why am I writing this review? Because I am; deal with it. Origin was a great story about a sheltered girl in the Amazon rain forest falling for a local boy. And other stuff. Mostly the other stuff. It addresses real dilemmas in science such as “does the end justify the means?” Origin was a book that can make you think and can give food for thought that takes time to digest. I think it is worth reading beyond simply being a great story... and I do not typically feel that way about YA books.
What I do have that is totally original is an anecdote about bookmarks.
This book gets an extra toadstool because it came with a free bookmark. Anyone who knows me or has borrowed a book from me knows I use just about anything as a bookmark. And that I constantly lose these “could-be-anything bookmarks.” All. The. Time. My friend recently borrowed a book from me and came across a receipt. Thinking it was the books receipt and wanting to know how much I purchased it for, she took a look. Alas, I had paid $46.82 for gas. Why is this relevant? Because Origin came with a large, bright yellow, hard-to-lose bookmark; props to Breathless Reads of Penguin books. I shall buy all books listed on the bookmark in promise of more bookmarks.
Final Thought: 9 1/2 out of 10 toadstools
This review is also available on GoodReads