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Do You Really Want to Read This Book?
on December 9, 2015
Origin is a book about a girl named Pia, who is immortal. She lives as a science experiment in Little Cam, where the scientists fawn over
her saying she’s perfect. Pia wants to continue her “race” of immortals and to do that she needs to become a scientist. So Pia is about to
become a scientist and have a happily ever after, until her birthday, where she goes into the jungle and meets Eio, the first boy she has ever met and apparently the boy of her dreams. Lots of other events happen, of course, but if I mention anything else it will REALLY spoil the book. But, Overall, I would give Origin a 3 out of 5 star rating.
The way the book is written is okay, but it feels as though something is lacking. When the author describes the rainforest, I feel bored with all of the descriptions and lost because I cannot connect the descriptions to something that I have encountered, as I have never been to the rainforest. For people who like sci-fi books but are not into actual science or actual scientific facts, this book is not for you. It relies too much on scientific jargon so that people without previous scientific knowledge or people that don’t remember what they learned in high school won’t understand or enjoy this book. I did, however, like that the book started out dark, when the main character, Pia, tortures a bird because she thinks the scientists will accept her if she does this. I like books with a psychological side and at the beginning, this book shows it. But as it goes on, as I previously mentioned with the scientific jargon and rainforest descriptions, you start to lose interest and it mellows out on the psychological side, which is good for people who don’t usually read dark books or horror, but for me it was a let down because I thought that with such a great and compelling beginning, it could only get better. Boy was I wrong.
At first, I was okay with Pia’s cluelessness on the workings of the world and her lack of knowledge outside of her bubble called Little Cam. But then she goes around saying she’s perfect all of the time (mainly because she is an immortal science experiment and the scientists dote on her), and she refers to her misbehaving self as “wild Pia”, like when she says, “I thought I left my wild self in the jungle or at least appeased her appetite for a time”, which gets annoying when repeated so often (Khoury 100). The majority of the characters are well developed and are shown often enough in the book. But some of the events in the book are predictable and don’t really add anything to the plot. I don’t like the fact that Pia (SPOILER ALERT)
falls for the first boy her age that she meets, because that is so predictable, and that she becomes mortal at the end so she can live with Eio, the boy mentioned previously, and live happily ever after.
But even though it wasn’t a surprise that (SPOILER ALERT)
Paulo is basically psychotic and didn’t really care about Pia as she thought he did, I didn’t really mind that Paulo came off as predictable because later in the book you see how psychotic he really is and it’s a lot more intense than you first thought it was at a glance.
Overall, if you don’t mind long, boring rainforest descriptions and LOTS of scientific references and jokes, I would recommend this book to you. If not, then don’t read this book. It’s as simple as that. (Also, if you can’t bear to read about an animal or person dying or “mad” scientists, don’t read this book.)