Hi! Today we’re celebrating the release of Jessica Khoury’s ORIGIN. I’m especially excited about this book because it’s the first of the fall Breathless Reads, and Penguin has generously donated a copy for a contest!
“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
An electrifying action-romance that’s as thoughtful as it is tragic.
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.
Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost.
Whoa, right? I got to read ORIGIN early, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I had to know what was going to happen! Despite her immortality, the dangers facing Pia felt very, very real. I loved the creeping sense of unease that built until I, like Pia, didn’t know who to trust. And despite her “perfection,” Pia is very human in her flaws – she’s been purposefully sheltered, and she’s terribly naive about the world outside her compound, and she’s not a little arrogant and stubborn. She feels so real, and she grows so much over the course of the story!
Now for the interview with Jess:
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Pia is a lonely, stubborn, conflicted science experiment.
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
ORIGIN is an exotic, suspenseful, and steamy adventure!
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I am a sleepy, spontaneous, and swift ginger.
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
New Zealand, Brazil, and Kenya
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Directing for Film & Stage, Graphic Design, and Manga 101
6. If you could have 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Hollywood casting director, orca trainer, and National Geographic photographer
7. What are 3 of your favorite flowers?
Snapdragon, red rose, and orchid
8. What are 3 of your favorite foods?
Dolma, maneesh, and green bean casserole
9. What are 3 of your favorite books?
INKHEART by Cornelia Funke, ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card, and REDWALL by Brian Jacques
And now for the giveaway! This is my first time using Rafflecopter. I feel a little uncomfortable asking you all to “like” and “follow” me but I want to thank those of you who already do – and remember, you don’t HAVE to do any of it except commenting on this post to be entered! Contest is open until Sunday. US only this time, since Penguin is sending the finished copy.