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"An immortal girl is raised in the depths of the Amazon only to discover that there is more to life than forever"-- "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"--
Publisher: New York : Razorbill, 2012.
ISBN: 9781595145963
1595145966
Branch Call Number: YA SCIFI Khoury Jessica 08/2012
Characteristics: 393 p. ;,22 cm.

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MadReads Oct 10, 2012

Similar to a lot of the dystopian novels but still an interesting and fast-paced read.


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yellow_hawk_31
Sep 17, 2015

This book is so well written that I look at my own stories sometimes and think "wow, I will never in a hundred years be this talented." Plot is filled with action, intriguing characters that aren't sometimes who you think they are, and "origin"al (see what i did there? yes? no? nevermind) romance. 15/10 this book is, I'd say it's one of my top picks

QueenBoadicea Aug 18, 2015

This science fiction thriller deals with one of the most fundamental of human desires—immortality. What would it be like to live forever?

The story takes off from the viewpoint that this objective has already been achieved and the mindset of the main character takes us deep into this premise. Pia is immortal. From the time she was born, this has been told to her and thus this quality largely defines her being, her emotions and intelligences. The book credibly deals with this age-old promise made flesh. We see how Pia is both surrounded by people she loves and yet is horribly lonely, how she yearns to create a race of people like her who will never wither and die even as she comes to fall for an all-too-mortal boy. We are taken along for the journey as Pia slowly comes to realize that all is not perfect in her cloistered world and that maybe immortality isn’t the blessing she thought it would be.

The book is taken from Pia’s viewpoint, a first-person narrative, but we are exposed to the various people who make up her tiny world. The novel wouldn’t have much meat to it if these were caricatures of mad scientists; all these people have their individualities and their quirks.

The book does come down to a Western-like showdown between good and evil, with most of the white people presented as blind, ignorant and prideful monsters while the natives are shown to be knowing, sage beings in touch with the earth, their surroundings and keenly aware of their own past. I found myself slightly disappointed by this outcome; however, not everybody is so neatly put into such slots and that spares the book—just a tad—from Manichean flatness.

This is an SF novel of unusual properties, riveting from start to finish.

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FindingJane
Aug 18, 2015

This science fiction thriller deals with one of the most fundamental of human desires—immortality. What would it be like to live forever?

The story takes off from the viewpoint that this objective has already been achieved and the mindset of the main character takes us deep into this premise. Pia is immortal. From the time she was born, this has been told to her and thus this quality largely defines her being, her emotions and intelligences. The book credibly deals with this age-old promise made flesh. We see how Pia is both surrounded by people she loves and yet is horribly lonely, how she yearns to create a race of people like her who will never wither and die even as she comes to fall for an all-too-mortal boy. We are taken along for the journey as Pia slowly comes to realize that all is not perfect in her cloistered world and that maybe immortality isn’t the blessing she thought it would be.

The book is taken from Pia’s viewpoint, a first-person narrative, but we are exposed to the various people who make up her tiny world. The novel wouldn’t have much meat to it if these were caricatures of mad scientists; all these people have their individualities and their quirks.

The book does come down to a Western-like showdown between good and evil, with most of the white people presented as blind, ignorant and prideful monsters while the natives are shown to be knowing, sage beings in touch with the earth, their surroundings and keenly aware of their own past. I found myself slightly disappointed by this outcome; however, not everybody is so neatly put into such slots and that spares the book—just a tad—from Manichean flatness.

This is an SF novel of unusual properties, riveting from start to finish.

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Elentari
Jun 25, 2015

As this story unraveled, I found myself turning page after page faster than I have ever done. Jessica Khoury is not only an extremely talented writer who will keep you on the edge of your seat, but this is also her very first book! I was amazed at how captivating this story was. The imagery and detail in this book are so vivid that I can almost feel the jungle coming alive around me. The romance was perfect, just enough but not inappropriate. Through Pia, Jessica khoury addresses the issues in life we all struggle with: life, death, morality, and the longing to belong. I am so glad this book made it onto my summer reading list.

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dragonette
Aug 11, 2014

It was a really interesting book. I recommend it.

Pucca Jul 17, 2014

Beautiful story, I'm surprised it's not more popular!!! Just picked it up off the shelf and found an excellent book, and I'm picky, so congrats to Jessica Khoury, you're amazing.
Love love love!! Please read it if you're considering it.

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ZainaJenkins
Jul 31, 2013

absolutely love this book, kept me on the edge of my seat wanting more!

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swebb98
Jul 16, 2013

This is a great book to read if you love rainforests and biology. I found this book very captivating- I stayed up all night just to finish it, and read it a second time less than a month later. I can't wait for Khourey's second book, Vitrol!

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tocch101
Mar 13, 2013

A good read that makes you think about mortality and what it means to be immortal. The character development is well done and no one seems to step out of their defined role while still growing. The end was predictable if you can pick up on details, but otherwise great.

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aschotsm
Mar 02, 2013

This is an amazing book! Although you might not understand it if you are not mature. Please read1

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"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'sorigin--a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever"-

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