December 30, 2013

Vitro by Jessica Khoury

Publication Date: January 14, 2014 by Razorbill
I received a review copy from the publisher via First to Read.

Description: 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. She enlists hunky charter pilot Jim Julien to take her there. But once on the island, Sophie and Jim encounter more than they bargained for, including a charming, brilliant Vitro named Nicholas and an innocent, newly awoken one named Lux.

In a race for their lives, Sophie and Jim are about to discover what happens when science stretches too far beyond its reach.

My Review: An eerie remote island, secret scientific experiments, and a dangerous discovery--these elements and more had me hooked on this story from the beginning. The story focused on 3 main characters, and each chapter followed the events surrounding Sophie, Jim, or Lux. I think first person point of view would have worked better for me than third person (but that’s probably just a personal reading preference.) The setting really came to life on the page, and I could picture it very well. The plot moved quickly and was full of twists and turns. The suspense and chilling atmosphere grew as the story progressed. I was never really sure which characters to trust!

Vitro was a fast-paced and action-packed read that kept me entertained. I haven’t read the companion novel Origin yet, but I will definitely be picking that one up now!


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