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.
On a remote island in the Pacific, Corpus scientists have taken test tube embryos and given them life. These beings—the Vitros—have knowledge and abilities most humans can only dream of. But they also have one enormous flaw.
Sophie Crue is determined to get to Skin Island and find her mother, a scientist who left Sophie behind years ago. With the help of Jim Julien, a young charter pilot, she arrives—and discovers a terrifying secret she never imagined: she has a Vitro twin, Lux, who is the culmination of Corpus's dangerous research.
Now Sophie is torn between reuniting with the mother who betrayed her and protecting the genetically enhanced twin she never knew existed. But untangling the twisted strands of these relationships will have to wait, for Sophie and Jim are about to find out what happens when science stretches too far beyond its reach.
“Is this science fiction? It feels too scarily real. This spellbinding tale of the horrors of genetic engineering gone mad is both thriller and love story, breathlessly paced and beautifully told.”
– Judy Blundell, National Book Award-winning author of What I Saw and How I Lied
“Khoury's debut captures the lush rhythms of the rainforest. [...]
The plot moves at breakneck speed [...] Utterly refreshing.”
“I loved Origin's action, romance, and mystery—and I couldn't stop thinking about the questions it raised.”
– Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Across the Universe
“A lush, dreamy page-turner that will live forever in the hearts of its readers. Pia may be the perfect antidote for those suffering from Katniss withdrawal.”
– Josh Sundquist, author of the national bestseller Just Don't Fall
“Origin is a startling mystery played out in the vivid and lush Amazon jungle. In this deadly clash of science and nature, a heroine emerges. Pia clawed her way through the pages and left her mark on the landscape of my imagination as the almost tangible danger left me breathless.”
– Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author of Tiger's Curse
“[Khoury's] descriptions of the rainforest and the native people contrast beautifully with the laboratory setting [...] and Pia is a fascinating protagonist.”
– Publishers Weekly
“With VITRO, Khoury has created something truly magnificent and unsettling. This story haunted me long after its final page.”
– Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend Trilogy
“With vivid descriptions dripping with tropical heat and courageous characters who find themselves in the midst of mad scientists and dark conspiracies, Vitro is an exciting, action-packed tale that left me breathless!”
– Morgan Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of Falling Kingdoms
“Well-drawn characters, heart-pounding action, and terrifying technology, VITRO is what science fiction is all about. Jessica Khoury lulls you into a false sense of security with her beautiful writing and vivid descriptions before—BAM!—dropping you into the middle of a nightmare. You’ll be blown away by what she has in storef ryou on Skin Island.”
– Jessica Brody, bestselling author of The Unremembered Trilogy.
“This book stressed me out in the best way possible! Khoury fills her plot with raw danger and suspense, leaving me breathless more than once!”
– Anna Banks, New York Times bestselling author of The Syrena Legacy Series
“Khoury’s prose is crisp and her primary characters compelling. The scientific mystery, a variation on the one at the core of Origin, is fascinating and serves as a believable critique of the dangers of scientific research motivated by profit.”
– Publisher's Weekly
“Khoury has written a violent, thought-provoking tale that grabs the reader by the throat and doesn't let go”
Jessica Khoury is of Syrian and Scottish descent, and was born and raised in Toccoa, Georgia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Toccoa Falls College. She still lives in Toccoa with her husband, Ben, where she writes and coaches youth soccer. Origin is her first novel. You can visit her online at www.jessicakhoury.com.