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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...
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...
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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?

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    I take a step back as he reaches his full height, my flashlight still aimed at his face. "What do you want with me? Where—where are you from?"

    "You're the one who crashed into me." He is taller than me, and though he is thin, he is very muscular. I can tell because he's half-naked. He's wearing khaki shorts and a cord around his neck from which hangs a tiny jaguar carved into jade, but nothing else, not even shoes. His skin is the color of a shelled Brazil nut, light, warm brown, the brown of days spent in the dappled sun of the rainforest. His hair is as black as the night around us and thick with tangles. There is something vaguely familiar about his face, but I can't think of what it is. That's very disconcerting for me, since I forget nothing. If I had seen this boy before, I would remember it. And not just because my memory is perfect. I'd remember those eyes . . . that sculpted chest . . . the definition of his abdomen. . . .

    I snap my eyes up to his face, whipping my thoughts back into line. My initial fear gives way to anger. "What are you doing out here, anyway? It's the middle of the night. Where are your clothes?"

    He replies, remarkably calmly, "You've wandered far from your cage, Pia bird."

    "What?" I ask blankly.

    "The dress," he says, nodding at it. "It makes you look like a bird. The kind we Ai'oa like to keep on our shoulders. But that's not a good thing to be running around the jungle in."

    I look down at my torn dress. "It's my birthday." Furious, I glare at him, refusing to let him distract me. Again. "Ai'oa? What is that?"

    He presses a hand to his bare chest. "We are a who, not a what."

    "Are you a native?" "I'm Ai'oan. Only the scientists call us natives." He cocks his head curiously. "Are you a scientist? I think you must be, because you are of the Little Cam village."

    "No. Yes. I mean, I will be soon. How did you know where I'm from? Have you been to Little Cam?" Fear had turned to anger, but my anger now transforms into fascination. I've never spoken with anyone from outside Little Cam. Harriet Fields doesn't count because now she's from Little Cam too.

    "I've seen it," he says, "but only from the trees. It is no place for the Ai'oa. Kapukiri says there is evil in the village of the scientists."

    "Little Cam isn't evil," I reply, bristling. "What do you know about it?"

    "Only what Kapukiri says." He kneels and stares curiously at Alai. "He obeys your command and follows where you go. Incredible. Truly, you are blessed to have such a companion."

    His words soften me, and I warm a little. "Is your village close?" Eio's eyes narrow suspiciously. "Why? What do you want with Ai'oa?"

    "I want to see it," I say on a whim. "Show it to me." "I don't know. . . ." He frowns. "That smoke I smell, is it from Ai'oa?" I close my eyes and breathe deeply. "It's coming from . . . that direction." I open my eyes and start to follow the scent. When I look back, Eio is staring at me with wide eyes.

    "You . . ." He runs to catch up with me. "You can smell it from here?"

    "Ah . . ." I swallow and backpedal a bit. "Well, can't you?"

    Uncertainty plays openly across his face. "I guess . . . if you promise not to wake everyone . . ."

    "I swear."

    "Well . . . okay." He still seems uneasy. I take it that visitors aren't often invited to Ai'oa.

    I follow him over fallen logs made soft with mosses and under low-hanging vines and limbs. I wonder how he'll see where he's going, but he seems to feel his way rather than see it. I thought I moved silently through the jungle, but Eio seems to float...

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  • DOGO Books vonicat - From reviews this book is about a perfect 17 year old girl, she is a science experiment and she is also immortal, she has been kept away from the world her whole life until she finds a hole in the electric fence that was always keeping her in.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 16, 2012
    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 immortal. The scientists who created her are fanatics, morally compromised by their work; they’ve raised her to be what they see as the ideal scientist—rational, objective, and heartless—repeatedly telling her, “You are immortal, Pia, and you are perfect.” Her sole purpose, they say, is to eventually create more immortals. Pia, who has never been outside the compound and knows nothing about the world beyond, is content with this role until, sneaking through a hole in the fence one night, she meets Eio, an indigenous boy her age, who shows her that there is significantly more to life than she knows. Khoury’s scientists are mostly one-dimensional monsters, and their scientific protocols (keeping knowledge of geography and culture from Pia) make little sense. Her descriptions of the rainforest and the native people contrast beautifully with the laboratory setting, however, and Pia is a fascinating protagonist. Ages 12–up. Agent: Lucy Carson, the Friedrich Agency.

  • Kirkus

    August 1, 2012
    A surprising first novel set deep in the Amazonian rainforest. Inside the electric fence surrounding the secret compound known as Little Cam, scientists have labored for years to create one immortal person. Pia, now 16, has lightning-fast reflexes, inexhaustible stamina, and a body impervious to sickness or injury. She is the perfect creation of the current lead scientist, whom she calls Uncle Paolo, but she is also his pawn, and her still-human soul has begun to chafe at the restrictions and isolation that surround her. When a storm causes a break in the fence, Pia ventures into the jungle, meeting and becoming intrigued by Eio, a boy her age belonging to a nearby tribe, the Ai'oans. Eio speaks English and knows more about Little Cam than Pia does about the outside world. Then a female scientist comes to Little Cam and bolsters Pia's growing sense of rebellion. Gradually she uncovers the secrets and tragedies that led to her immortality. Khoury's debut captures the lush rhythms of the rainforest. Her characters, dialogue and pacing are clean and accomplished, and the plot moves at breakneck speed. As the book progresses toward its emotionally satisfying but logically puzzling ending, cracks start to show in the science of her dystopian world, but by then readers will hardly notice--and will certainly easily forgive. A teen thriller/romance without werewolves, wizards or vampires--utterly refreshing. (Science fiction. 13 & up)

    COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    October 1, 2012

    Gr 7 Up-Genetically bred to be immortal, Pia has never been outside Little Cam, the research compound where she was born. Hidden beneath the jungle cover of an Amazon rainforest and surrounded by electric fencing and security monitors, she spends her days studying and being groomed to become the leader of a new race of immortals, including taking a battery of "Wickham tests" designed to make her callous to human weaknesses. As her 17th birthday approaches, questions about the outside world are squelched by lead scientist Uncle Paolo and his staff. The arrival of free-spirited Dr. Harriet Fields and her gift of a world map compels Pia to seize an opportunity to squeeze through broken fencing to explore her environs. In the jungle she meets Eio, an English-speaking 18-year-old Ai'oan village boy conceived from a liaison between one of the scientists and his mother. Tension mounts as Pia jeopardizes security for outings with Eio and the villagers and becomes emboldened to investigate sinister truths about a long-ago accident at Little Cam. Details about the magical leaves of the native Kapok tree and their role in developing five generations of immortals ties the setting to the plot and serves to explain Pia's physical anomalies. Pia frequently waffles between loyalty to her Little Cam family and Eio's warnings about their motives, believably reflecting the naivete of a sheltered teen. Readers will be thrilled with the page-turning adventure/survival scenes in a descriptive and imaginative setting, and will root for Pia and Eio to the end.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY

    Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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