Published by Razorbill (9.4.2012)
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eARC, 372 pages
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.
I think my hopes for this one were much too high before I picked it up. The story was decent. The originality was great. The characters…eh.
I love the premise, really I do. A flower that can make people immortal and a perfect being with impenetrable skin is awesome. There was a lot of science involved (although most of it didn’t really make a lot of sense, but oh well) and I like science. And Pia’s friend is a jaguar. So cool.
The romance = instaluv. I understand that Pia has never seen a boy before, and OMGSH Eio’s abs are just, like, soo sexy, but damn. Within a mere week of meeting they’re all, ‘I love you, you are my heart, I’d die without you’ and it was just a little much for me. The L word could really have waited until the end, moving a little slower to let the romance truly develop. But whatever.
The whole Evil Scientist spiel was…interesting, but perhaps a little overdone. Rooms with chairs that have shackles on them, lies and cover ups, putting birds inside a cage with electrified bars to see how long they can stay in flight, keeping a nest of man-eating ants for examination, killing a kitten to pass a test of ‘perfection’…Why? Because they’re scientists and they only care about a means to an end?
Let’s get to the real reason I marked this as DNF. Killing kittens in the name of science.
I bawled. Ugly cry does not even cover it. Not because the writing is good, or because the author is talented, but because the idea of someone purposely killing a kitten is just so horrific to me (I am a crazed cat fanatic) that I think a little piece of my soul died just reading about it.
I will never understand for the life of me why an author feels the need to put something like this into their novel. To get a rise out of the reader? To make an emotional connection? To create controversy? Unless the book is focused on animal abuse, there should be absolutely NO reason for it. Especially in fantasy/sci-fi novels. And with this particular reader, an appearance of said abuse is more likely to make me get angry, throw the book, and never pick it back up again than to make me give kudos for being ballsy enough to face such a controversial topic. Sorry, that’s just my opinion. Actually no, I’m not sorry. I hate it when authors kill kittens fictionally, no matter what the reason. I am a cat lover, and any abuse or murder of a cat is enough to condemn any book in my eyes. I don’t care if anyone thinks I’m overreacting. That’s just the way it is for me. If a two-week-old kitten getting stabbed with a syringe of poison and then thrown on the ground doesn’t bother you, then give this book a go; you’ll probably like it. The issue here is that it just wasn’t for me.
I made it through more than 250 pages before the kitten murder. I was mostly enjoying the book, sure, but it wasn’t anything particularly spectacular….not so engaging that I feel the need to finish it. I can part ways with it without feeling any loss. I read the last few pages and I know what happens ultimately, so I could really care less about that 100 pages in between. I just can’t bring myself to continue. I can’t.
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I can’t rate this because the cat killing destroys my ability to be objective.