||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?
||Deep in the Amazon rainforest, malevolent scientists have genetically engineered the perfect scientist: rational, impartial and immortal. On the edge of seventeen, Pia also lacks heart. Sheltered within the scientific compound, she knows nothing of the forest or its people. Until one day a storm rips the perimeter fence and she slips through the hole. She meet Eio, an indigenous boy her age. Seeing all that surrounds her, and being enveloped by Eio's world, she begins to feel rebellion's urge. Her immortality, she discovers, comes at a price, and the stage is set for her to confront the scientists. Khoury's debut crackles with speed, and her lush descriptions of nature make for a beautiful atmosphere.