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Release Date: September 4, 2012
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The jungle hides a girl who cannot die.
Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rainforest. 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.
I really like the setting for Origin–a laboratory in the middle of a luscious green rainforest—as well as the mystery of Pia's origin. Usually when there is talk about an "immortal race", vampires come to mind, but the fact that it's something scientific makes it more intriguing. Below is a short excerpt and you can read the first three chapters of Origin here (Pg. 131) as well as other Breathless Reads (Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, Black City by Elizabeth Richards, Venom by Fiona Paul, The Innocents by Peloquin).
As we walk, he begins telling me all the names of the plants we pass. I already know their names, but I don't tell him that. He seems to think that scientists always want to know the names of things, and so I guess he thinks he's being helpful. Anyway, I like listening to his voice. It's deep and a little hoarse, as if he's been yelling all day, and his accent makes every word sound new and exciting, as if he's speaking another language I don't have to strain to understand. "Here is annatto, for repelling insects and curing snakebites. The girls say it makes a love potion, but I don't believe them. They have all tried it on me, and I don't love any of them."