Summary: The jungle hides a girl who cannot die.
An electrifying action-romance that's as thoughtful as it is tragic.
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. (from Amazon)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~Romance:Attraction, flirting, touching, thinking & talking about someone, liking someone Kinda breeding to get an immortal person. (not really discussed)
Violence:Shooting, death, injuries, near death experiences, kidnapping, past torturing mentioned, yelling/arguments, wanting to hit someone.
Other:Bring immortal, work to become and/or create immortals, disregard for human life, lying, eavesdropping, stowing away & sneaking out, cruel tests, trickery.
My thoughts: At several times in this book my mind went into writer mode and admired the writing of the plot and wanted to sit down and take notes! It's really well written and I wouldn't mind being able to discuss the plot and how it was written with the author. In fact I'd love that. I could imagine the characters coming to life and feel the jungle and hear it through the wonderful descriptions. Pia is a great character who simply wants to have companionship. She doesn't want to be alone and she wants to discover the world. And you really end up relating to her...even with the whole, you know, immortal thing. This was a grand adventure set in a place were most books aren't set. It was very interesting and pretty clean so I'll recommend it to the girls who love an adventure, mystery, science fiction and romance, ages YA+ :D It was a really enjoyable read and I am really glad I picked it up at my library :D
My favorite character: Alai or Eio. Alai is Pia's pet jaguar and is kinda a symbolic part of the plot. And was really cool :D Eio was just cute, sweet and loyal!