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A death-defying tropical adventure delivers a frightening message about dabbling with creation from the talented author of "Origin."
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.
- ISBN-13: 9781595146052
- ISBN-10: 1595146059
- Publisher: Razorbill
- Publish Date: January 2014
- Page Count: 356
- Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-10-28
- Reviewer: Staff
In her second novel, Khoury (Origin) introduces Sophie Crue, a 17-year-old with a mysterious past. Sophie’s childhood was spent on Guam where her biologist parents worked at a high-security laboratory on nearby Skin Island. When Sophie was seven, her father abruptly took her to the United States, leaving their lab behind and divorcing Sophie’s mother. Now, Sophie has received an email from her mother asking for her help in an unspecified emergency; without telling her father, she returns to her birthplace. There she discovers that no one on Guam will fly her to the forbidding island—no one except Jim Julien, her former childhood playmate, now grown to reckless adulthood. Sophie and Jim discover that Skin Island hides a dark experiment in genetics, one that some might kill to protect. 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. Ages 12–up. Agent: Lucy Carson, the Friedrich Agency. (Jan.)