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"Magnificent and unsettling." --Marie Lu, New York Times Bestselling author of the Legend TrilogyA 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 a"Magnificent and unsettling." --Marie Lu, New York Times Bestselling author of the Legend TrilogyA 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....

Title : Vitro
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ISBN : 9781595146069
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Vitro Reviews

  • Giselle
    2019-06-01 05:10

    Closer to a 3.5 star. While I didn't like this one quite as much as Origin, it was still an exciting read set on an isolated island full of secret experiments and shady operations. Even if you haven't read Origin, this is not actually a sequel; both are independent of each other. You could even say Vitro is more or less a refitted version of Origin. They both have a similar setting and mirroring scientific conspiracies. And Sophie, after a distressing email from her mother, gets trapped into its web of genetic alterations and unethical experiments. What I found to be the best part of this novel is the vividly detailed setting. You get fully transported to this island that quickly becomes the heart of the story, and the claustrophobia of being stuck on this tiny piece of sinister land holds your attention throughout. The atmosphere gets increasingly darker as the plot races on, twisting itself into a freaky, spine-chilling story. I did suspect most of the twists this book had up its sleeve, but I was still disturbed by the confirmations, and because it's told through several point-of-views, we're given a complete view of the happenings on this island which makes it all the more fun to read. The writing is one that has such an easy flow to it you suddenly realize you flew through the whole thing. The characters is where I wish more time would have been dedicated. I found they were just shells of the type of cast wanted for this book. You have the childhood friend, the girl with abandonment issues, the psychopath who seems to be behind it all, but nothing that really solidifies them. It's possible the third person narration is to blame, but I never could get a true grasp on the characters. I also found some of it had to be taken with a grain of salt - similarly to action-oriented films. For instance, it only takes a couple of obscure sentences via email for Sophie, a teenager, to fly to an island that seems to not even exist. Plus, a blind mouse could see this was a setup! All in all, with a rich setting and a twisted, action oriented plot, Vitro is a fast read that can fill up a few hours with entertainment.--An advance copy was provided by the publisher for review.For more of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads

  • Darth J
    2019-06-12 06:52

    Solid 2.5 starsThis book started out promising then went downhill fast. The blurb and cover are really interesting and grab your attention, but sadly they just don't hold it. Don't get me wrong, the premise starts out strong but just seems to lose you at less than a third of the way in. Not only are the characters bland with too much unnecessary background information that comes in walls of text, but this book is rife with mommy issues. Both main characters (Sophie and Jim) were abandoned by their mothers at one point, and all of the Vitros were test tube babies that were left behind from fertility clinics, and Sophie has some emo moments with her mother Moira as well.The writing itself isn't that great either.The overuse of the word "psychopath" got on my nerves. It is just way too liberally applied to the text.Coming in a close second would be the word "explosion". Everything is exploding in this book, both literally and figuratively. Every single action sequence is either described as something exploding or contains an actual explosion.Explosions! EXPLOSIONS! EXPLOSIONS!!!The setting is called Skin Island. (view spoiler)[ "Skin Island" sounds like a place they harvest organs, perform plastic surgery, or the title of a Cinemax late night movie. Jussayin'. (hide spoiler)]The plot is riddled with clichés. There is an insta-love between Sophie and Jim because they knew each other as kids and having been reunited for 2 days are now prepared to lay down their lives for each other. Sophie, who isn't smart enough to figure out she is being played, is described as "strong" at the end. (Every time I hear about the "strength" of a dumb main character it makes my eyes roll.) The villain, Nicholas, is your typical run-of-the-mill bad guy. His speech at the end just echoes what you've heard other villains say a million times before; it was like he was taken from central casting. The only thing that kind of makes Nicholas different is that his go-to move is to pull hair. Sophie is saved from killing anyone on several occasions, maintaining her moral "purity" as deus ex machina device after deus ex machina device is employed.The surprises, such as (view spoiler)[ Sophie being a Vitro, GASP! (hide spoiler)] are completely unsurprising.There are even a few errors too, such as:"She still didn't look Moira, but rather at the spot just over her shoulder." pp.270I'm pretty sure that meant to be "look at Moira".I gave this a 2.5 rating because I didn't hate it. I would even recommend this book to 10-12 year olds, but no older than that. I might have enjoyed it more if I was on a plane and had nothing else to read. Parts of this book are entertaining, but truthfully those bits are few and far between. I heard that this book was a companion piece to Origin, which I originally wanted to read but am now skeptical about. This had a great cover, title, and premise that it unfortunately didn't live up to, and I just didn't think it was anything special.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Blythe
    2019-06-12 09:12

    Vitro has pretty much all the key components necessary for a really fun action/adventure hit: we start with the setting and atmosphere of the creepy desert island (by the name of Skin Island, no less), which Jessica Khoury nails; then there's the handful of interesting conspiracies and twists, and behind it all, a villain whose motives are entirely believable (which makes everything even more spine-tingling). All of this, and more, make Vitro a really fun, action-packed read.However, like most action/adventure hits, suspension of disbelief may just be necessary for you to enjoy this novel. Off the top of my head, I can think of a bunch of nagging questions and holes that could have kept me from enjoying Vitro as much as I did. But for the most part, you're going to have to roll with what you're given in regards to explanations that may not entirely make sense (but most of them really do make a lot of sense, and are really quite clever, especially towards the end). Also like most action/adventure books and movies, character development is not exactly Vitro's forte. Since it's written in third person, and we're thrown into the action fairly soon, we don't really get to know the characters for who they really are until later on. As the novel progressed I found that I was more invested in the relationships of the characters than the characters themselves--at least in regards to the main character, Sophie, with whom i never truly connected. Sophie is stubborn (but not in a bad way, necessarily) and is willing to do anything to prove herself to the mother who had left her; and although I did find her likable as a whole, I can't say I came out of this novel knowing much about her other than those two points above, really. I just feel like she could have been so much more.The same goes for the other main character, Jim, except to an admittedly much lesser extent. With Jim, what we know is that he's charming, willing to help anyone he cares for, but is also pretty damaged by his relationships with his parents. I hadn't really connected with Jim until about three quarters through the novel, when he had an entire chapter focused on how largely he was affected by the abandonment of his mother (not a spoiler), and his entire stance on how he viewed love. It was a very powerful chapter for me, and added a great layer of depth to his character that was not there before.The next character in the novel would have to be my favorite, but unfortunately, there isn't much I can say about her without spoiling some pretty crucial stuff for you all. But, what I can say is that her name is Lux, and she is a Vitro. Since I don't know what to disclose about Vitros and what not to disclose, I'm just going to say nothing in particular and tiptoe carefully around what I loved about her perspective. A big conflict in this novel is in regards to humanity, and how much of it Vitros actually have, so I loved that Jessica Khoury included chapters from a Vitro's perspective into the novel. It made me understand the mental state of Vitros much more than I would have without Lux's chapters, and made many things more emotional for me as the novel progressed. Also, Lux is just an adorable character, so that obviously helped. Now, to the aspects of Vitro that were especially awesome, because I spent far longer than planned discussing characters and this review is getting far too long. As I mentioned earlier, Jessica Khoury really nails the atmosphere of Skin Island; her writing style is sharp and vivid, and the imagery of the tropics was brilliant. The twists were well thought out and executed, and although one was extremely predictable, the others took me by surprise and each added something genuinely unique to the story. I loved that the novel was split into three perspectives--Sophie's, Jim's, and Lux's--as they were all at different locations on the island, dealing with different people and situations. It provided me with a full scope of what was going on around the island, as opposed to the one-sided knowledge I would have had if it were told by, say, just Sophie's perspective. The action scenes are really well-written and thrilling, and some were even heart-wrenching by the end. Like all great action/adventure books and movies, Vitro was virtually unputdownable for me. Despite its rough start, and some issues with characterization, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and there are some things about it that I think might stick with me for a bit. With Vitro, Jessica Khoury manages to balance fun action and adventure with some pressing questions concerning science and morality, which really struck home with me and added something fairly complex and intellectual to the novel; with that having been said, Vitro has nearly everything necessary for a fun, quick read with some interesting questions to pressing issues, and I highly recommend it for readers looking for their next escapism read.

  • Rebecca ♥ Ash, Kishan, Magnus ♥
    2019-06-20 05:03

    This book was nothing like what I expected. I think it deserves a 3.5/5. I was expecting it to be more like Origin. I expected great characters, heart-stopping suspense, and heart-melting romance. And although the story was still great and there was a lot of action.Sophie and Jim are cool, but I did not love them like I did Pia and Eio. And I will not even categorize this as a romance. There are signs that Sophie and Jim like each other and we can assume something came of it in the future. Most of the time Jim was actually with Lux, and I would have preferred if a romance had been started between them instead. I know that Lux imprinted on Jim and it would be difficult to have a relationship under those circumstances, but that is exactly why I would have loved to see it. I don't like straightforward romances. It could work with an ambitious author. Maybe it is just the imprint talking, but I feel like Jim and Lux had a much stronger connection than Jim and Sophie. While Origin had a distinctly dystopian feel, and even some fantasy with the magical flower that makes people immortal, Vitro was more of a techno-thriller. Michael Crichton for teens. It even had his favourite tropical setting. Very Jurassic Park, minus the dinosaurs. So if you like techno-thrillers, or preferred the science aspect of Origin over the romance, then I recommend this book. It was interesting and fast paced. And if you have read this book or are interested in it, I highly recommend reading Origin as well!

  • Michelle Arrow
    2019-05-28 07:00

    "It seemed an eternity later, though in fact it was just a minute, that he opened his eyes and turned his head to look at Sophie. Her eyes were open, and she was staring directly back at him."And not in a good way.Jessica Khoury has previously stunned me with her debut novel, Origin. It was moving, it was everything I was looking for in an unique dystopia-science fiction romance book. But in her second book that somewhat relates to Origin's events, I was very disappointed. Sophie is living an ordinary life in her home in Boston. She lives with her upsetting father and her stepmother and their children. When Sophie gets a letter from her mother, her biological mother that is studying in an island that is unknown to the world, she is quickly on her way to Skin Island. With the help of Jim, her childhood handsome friend, she arrives in Skin Island, with a crash. She finds out that a dark secret lies in the land of the island: scientists have been creating beings that are perfect except one flaw. Sophie quickly finds out that she has a Vitro twin: Lux. So basically, all it takes is one choice to change everything for Sophie. Her whole life is before her hands. Yeah... At least that was what the book was supposed to be.This book started off great. From the start, I could tell that it was going to be great. I was anticipating for a moving, beautiful plot with awesome kick-ass characters. At least, that's what I got for the first 75 pages. After that, everything went downhill. The plot became predictable and boring, too many characters were added and I got confused, and I was just plain bored. I didn't see any great importance in the book at all and the basic main idea was: for Sophie to decide what she wants. Yayy. Oh, and a dreamy (not really) romance with Jim.The characters were okay, although there were too many. But I really hated Sophie. She was all whiny and so selfish the whole time. She thought that she was having trouble all the time when other people were and their situations were far worse than hers. She was just one of those characters that doesn't understand anything in life. Ugh. But I loved Jim and Lux. They were too good for Sophie and WERE AWESOME and total kick-asses. Mmm... I smell the taste of revenge. Sophie used them too much so now it's their time to use her. Gosh, I'm so evil. The romance in this book was just something added. It was very ew-ish and not needed. I feel like Jessica Khoury just added it for some more action which couldn't be completed in that aspect. There doesn't have to be romance in every YA book! :( Overall, this book really could've been great. It had the absolute potential. The idea was good, but it just didn't make that impact that I wish it did. The romance sucked, the plot sucked from the middle to end, and the protagonist was very disappointing. The things that I was looking forward for the most were the worst.

  • Aimee (Aimee, Always)
    2019-06-02 07:48

    Check out this review and others over at The Social Potato!2.5, really.This is one of those books that I picked up as a spur of the moment kind of thing. I saw the spine, recognized the novel from one of my Goodreads searches and bought myself a copy. I guess I could say that it was well worth it, although I would better recommend you borrow this at the library rather than buy it if you're interested, since it wasn't an amazing read.The first thing that made me want to read it was the gorgeous cover. (I even mentioned it in a discussion post here.) I wanted to know the connection between the test tube and the island. It's definitely intriguing, no? As was the synopsis of the novel.The story stars of immediately at a fast pace. Unlike some other authors, Jessica Khoury doesn't spend time beating around the bush with boring scenes of the heroine's ordinary life, she instantly gives us the problem the heroine needs to solve. I mean it--the story begins with Sophie, our heroine, trying to find a plane to take her to the infamous--dangerous, they say--Skin Island. And no one wants to take her, until her childhood friend Jim Julien gives her a hand. And a series of new events take place.Sophie was an okay heroine. There were times when I wanted to give her a pat on the shoulder for her determination, but sometimes I wanted to smash a test tube to her skull. It's clear that all she wants to do is to save her mother, but then she does such irrational things that make her come off as stupid. I mean, she wants to leave the island without telling her father. If you're desperate to do something, you need help, not secrecy.Jim Julien was also just okay. To be honest, none of the characters gave me any feels--neither did the "romance." (I honestly didn't feel that there was a romance aspect in the novel.) Everything was just so blandly written for me, in terms of characters and relationships. None of them piqued my interest to anything more than, "Huh, interesting."Moving on to the plot--I enjoyed learning about the secrets of Skin Island as well as navigating around it. Descriptions were done well, things were planned out and laid straight for us readers. Things were mostly explained well enough. I liked the antagonist (from the island), as well, but there was something off about him (aside from, well--you'll know when you read it).Again, the pacing was fast. There was a decent amount of action, suspense and a bit of drama thrown here and there. I didn't have problems keeping up, and the simple writing made it easier to go with the flow of the story.All in all, it was an okay read. If you're into science fiction and action, this'll probably be a good fit for you. I might recommend it to fans of Taken by Erin Bowman, only if you're okay with the lack of romance ('cause Taken had a looooot of romance).

  • Sara Grochowski
    2019-06-11 06:53

    The author of Origin, Jessica Khoury, takes readers to a new locale and a new scientific experiment with her newest novel, Vitro.Sophie Crue has spent most of her life living with her father in the United States, seeing her mother only a handful of times and only during exotic vacations, but before her parents divorced, they lived on a remote island in the Pacific. Her mother remained on the island after Sophie and her father set off for the States, staying behind to devote her life to making huge, life changing scientific breakthroughs.... or so Sophie always believed. After receiving a cryptic message from her mother, Sophie returns to the island and teams up with her childhood friend Jim, the only pilot on the island who will brave flying her to the sinister Skin Island where her mother works. Sophie doesn't believe in the mysterious fear and whispered stories that keep the islanders from venturing too near Skin Island, but she soon finds out that there's more truth that dark experiments are being performed on the island and that her mother may be at the center of everything.Tackling big issues, like nature versus nurture, the myriad of questions associated with creation and science, and the bond between parent and child, Vitro is sure to garner praise from readers looking for depth packaged within a fast-paced story and an exotic locale.

  • Holly
    2019-06-01 09:07

    YAY!! Can't wait to read this follow-up to ORIGIN! I enjoyed that book so much (more than I thought I would, in fact) and really look forward to this one!

  • Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
    2019-05-31 06:06

    Need to be reviewed.

  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    2019-06-17 09:43

    I wish I enjoyed this more, but Vitro seemed kind of average for what it was. The heroine and her love interest, Jim were kind of bland and one dimensional and I didn't really feel anything for the characters at all. Skin Island had some pretty interesting secrets but my problem was that I never felt any excitement while reading it. It was executed in a really bland and boring manner. The only interesting part about it when the novel really picked up was when we met the Vitros, especially Nicholas who is a psychopath. But after a while, even he was one dimensional with a textbook personality.I'm glad there wasn't a big focus on the romance between Jim and Sophie who are childhood best friends. There were alternating point of views with Jim, Sophie and one of the vitros Lux, which was interesting. I can't quite put my finger on it, but Vitro failed to excite me with bland characters and an uninteresting plot all the way through. I love YA sci-fi when it is done well, but I just felt there was not enough depth of emotion in this one for us to really connect to its characters. Check out Happy Indulgence for more reviews!

  • Charlie
    2019-06-01 04:54

    3.5/5 StarsSo while I loved the first book, Origin, I didn't love this. Though I did still enjoy in it's own way! So this leads on from the first book, although it could also be read as a standalone if the reader wanted. This story was good, I enjoyed it, however I didn't get the feels that I did with the first, perhaps it didn't help that this time the story was told from multiple POV's and third person rather than first, therefore not connecting the full relationship between reader and character? Possibly? I don't know. The plot I found pretty predictable, although this didn't make it any less enjoyable. The setting was believable enough. Overall I liked the characters, they didn't go into huge depth with them but we got enough to connect to them with some degree. I was sad about what happened to Lux though :( I look forward to seeing what the final book has in store!

  • BookCupid
    2019-06-04 05:52

    How far would you go to save someone you barely know?After a disarming email from her absentee mom, Sophie flies off to Skin island (a.k.a the island of no return) with an old pal named Jim. Together, their morals will be put to the test as they discover the atrocities that occur on the island. When everyone isn't who they claim to be, who can you trust?This book had me feeling like I was watching A-Ha's Take on me video on a loop: boy saves girl, bad guys try to stop them, boy saves girl, and so forth. The island background and risks of getting caught were on point. But the author seemed to be having problems pushing the story forward -- something I didn't see in the first installment of the series Origins.All in all, not for me.

  • Steffi
    2019-06-22 09:51

    2.5-3.0/5.0First of all: the cover is amazing and what had me drawn first to this book. The premise did sound interesting too.Unfortunately the book couldn't live up with my expections. The story couldn't really grab me from the first chapters and continues throughout the whole book.I felt no connection with the characters: some of their actions felt illogical to me. The protagonist stayed shallow over the whole book. I didn't see any progress in their actions and feelings.The story was really simple, though the idea is interesting and thrilling, even though it's not a whole new idea. For me the story had a serious lack in depth.Additionally the story had no surprising twists or a breathtaking clmax.This turned out to be a very very average book for me :(

  • Colleen Houck
    2019-06-06 01:55

    I'm still wigged out about the whole idea but Vitro is wonderful! I love Jim. The name invokes old school James T. Kirk and I pictured his cheeky smile almost the whole time. The characters were so believable and they all invoked such emotion. Can easily picture this as a movie.

  • Debora
    2019-06-15 02:49

    This story would have been good if it wasn't written this boring. I stopped with it.

  • mith
    2019-06-13 09:59


  • Alicia
    2019-05-31 01:49

    I already have more review copies than I can handle at the moment, so I'm going to restrain myself from requesting this on Edelweiss.

  • Nora
    2019-06-20 08:03

    And to think I almost DNFd this. Review to come.

  • Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)
    2019-06-04 03:06

    To see the post in all its formatted glory, go to http://reviewsfromabookworm.blogspot....Title: VitroAuthor: Jessica KhouryPublisher: Razorbill Buy This Book: Book DepositoryOn Skin Island, even the laws of creation can be broken.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.(Goodreads summary)As most of you probably know, it can be really hard to write a negative review for a book, especially when you got that book for free. But, you are receiving and reading them with the idea that you will give an honest and unbiased review, which is exactly what I am going to do. I was really looking forward to Vitro, I put in a request for this on Edelweiss and was basically begging to read it because it looked so good. But for me it fell short in every way possible and left me utterly disappointed in it. I have to use gifs to try and emote just how much anger and frustration this book made me feel.My main issue lies with our lead character Sophie Crue, who receives this email from her mother:'Sophie,I need you. Please come at once. I'll look for you on Friday. Do not reply to this e-mail. Emergency. - Mom'And following this email she runs away from her father and jumps on a plane to go to Skin Island where her mother works. What the actual f@!*? Seriously? How can I like this girl when she is quite clearly an absolute idiot. She talks about how her mother won't ever let her go to the island, not even to visit and yet she suddenly thinks her mum has changed her mind. What emergency requires a mother to ask her teenage daughter to jump on a plane and jet off to Guam? If she was really having a life or death emergency I am pretty sure there would be more important and helpful people to call. And SKIN ISLAND? How does she not expect an island with such a creepy name to hold some sinister secret? See, she's an idiot and I instantly hated her for her stupidity. Why does Sophie not question any of this and just run off blindly to go be with mummy? How can I not hate this girl?Then she gets to Guam and needs to find a pilot who will take her to creepy Skin Island. But, shock horror, no one is willing to take her because Skin Island is suuuuuper scaaaweeee! But, have no fear because Jim Julien, childhood friend turned hot pilot is willing to take her there because, although he hasn't seen her since she was seven, they have this deep connection and will blatantly end up together. And that's when me and my gag reflex started to get to know each other better. And then to make matters worse, Sophie is met on one of the smaller islands by a guy called Nicholas. Just some random dude who says he will take her to her mother. But literally won't tell her anything, just drops hints about what really goes on over at Skin Island. He's sending out all kinds of signs that say "I am bats!#* crazy, don't trust me" and Sophie is all like 'Okay strange, creepy guy that I don't know and my mum has never mentioned, I shall follow you blindly and trust you completely... because that's just the kind of idiot I am.'It was all downhill from there because I didn't like any of the characters and if you don't care about them than you certainly don't care what happens to them. I was forcing myself to keep reading because I didn't want to give up and DNF yet another book. I know I should have saved my time but how can I really judge a book if I don't make it to the end? Well, I would have judged it anyway but this way I feel less guilty about it. I gave it all of my time and it basically gave me nothing in return, other than a headache. I felt a major disconnect from the whole story. It felt unnecessarily long and I found myself nodding off as I was reading it. With a name like Skin Island you know instantly that it's not going to be everything it seems. I wasn't drawn in by this, it didn't excite me and I didn't like any of the characters. The most entertaining were the evil characters because they felt like Hitler-type caricatures (with gas chambers and everything) and it would have been comical if it didn't feel so insulting. After finishing this book I instantly deleted it from my Kindle and felt all the better for it.    2/5 StarsI feel this book might entertain younger readers because they might question Sophie's choices as little as she does, but I doubt it. I find it hard to write my review without major spoilers to rant about so I will stop before I give too much away. This was a hideous reading experience for me and I can't recommend it. On the plus side it does get fast-paced at the end and there are plot twists and revelations. I'm sure if the first chapter hadn't put me off straight away I might have even enjoyed the end a little... maybe, probably not. 

  • Jon
    2019-06-12 09:56

    Check out Scott Reads It for more reviews! Jessica Khoury is easily one of the best sci-fi writers for young adults and Vitro is a testament to her extraordinary writing abilities. I was extremely impressed with Khoury's debut, Origin, but nothing could have prepared me for Vitro. I definitely believe that Vitro is a stronger book than Origin and it does an excellent job of raising ethical questions about scientific discovery.When Sophie Crue receives a letter from her mother telling her to come to Skin Island. Sophie enlists the help of her childhood friend, Jim to take her to Skin Island and little do they know, that they are endangering her lives. On the island, scientists have created humans in test-tubes called Vitros, these Vitros were created for lives of servitude. I love reading about Sophie Crue because she's a pretty average girl who just wants to capture the attention of her estranged mother. Sophie is extremely brave and selfless to the point where she kept putting others like Lux and Jim before herself. I was impressed by Sophie's resourcefulness and ability to adapt to even the most horrific of situations.Sophie and Jim have known each other since they were little kids and I was a huge fan of their relationship. Even though, Sophie and Jim did their best to conceal their feelings from each other at times, I couldn't help but root for them to fall for each other. I really enjoyed banter that made up their conversations and I think that Sophie and Jim are one of my favorite YA couples.I love when science fiction novels are plausible and these novels are always extremely frightening to read. The thought that scientists could be creating humans in test tubes was a shocking revelation. Khoury takes very complex science and makes it extremely appealing and easy to comprehend even for readers with minimal scientific knowledge. Vitro raises so many thought-provoking questions like: When does science go too far? What makes us human? Should people try to tamper with the laws of creation? Khoury never gives the readers a clear-cut answer, but she gives readers much to think about. Jessica Khoury is an incredible storyteller. Few authors possess the ability to create such vivid, life-like environments and settings like Jessica Khoury does. Readers will feel like they have been transported to Skin Island while reading Vitro because of Khoury's wonderful prose. I felt the intense sense of danger that lingered throughout Skin Island, as well as the raw beauty of the island.Vitro is an extremely-fast paced novel and entertaining novel that sets a new standard for sci-fi novels. Jessica Khoury is quickly becoming the Queen Of YA Sci-Fi, at-least in my eyes and I truly hope that there is another Origin novel set to be published. Though Jim, Sophie, and Lux's story is over, I would love to read another book set in this world!

  • Celeste_pewter
    2019-06-01 09:46

    Full review:Vitro is one of those books where I end up sitting on my review for months on end, largely because I'm of two minds about the book. On the one hand, Jessica Khoury's writing, plotting and world-building are absolutely superb in her sophomore novel. Khoury introduces us to Sophie, a girl on a mission. After receiving an alarming message from her scientist mother, Sophie is now on her way to her mother's work base of Skin Island to try and figure out what's going on. However, once she arrives, Sophie quickly learns that there are hidden dangers around every corner, and Corpus scientists may have given life to elements that cannot be contained. Like Origin, Khoury builds a world that immediately draws the reader in from page one. Sophie's desperate attempts to reunite with her absent mother will immediately make readers empathize with her, especially as she goes to extraordinary lengths to reach Skin Island. Once there, Khoury expertly weaves cliffhangers, insurmountable dangers and horrifying discovers that will not only keep readers riveted, but horrified as Sophie discovers the lengths that Corpus scientists have succumbed to, in order to create cutting-edge science. I was fairly riveted from beginning to end, and couldn't stop reading. However, Khoury's writing is entertaining, there are two issues with Vitro that more or less contributed to my decision to sit on my review. Like Origin, Khoury seems to present an anti-science bias throughout Vitro. There's always an underlying emphasis on the idea that it's science, rather than the individual scientist which allows antagonists to indulge in their worst instincts and create some of the dangerous experiments on the island. As someone with a strong appreciation for science, this didn't sit particularly well with me. Second, similar to Origin, there is also insta-love in Vitro. Without giving spoilers away, characters seem to fall in the love at the drop of a hat. While it's plausible given the situation, it doesn't necessarily make for interesting characters. I spent a lot of time thinking, "Well. They're probably not going to stay together," while reading. But even with these two issues, it's hard to deny that Vitro remains a highly enjoyable book. Khoury has a gift for spinning yarns that pull readers in, and completely immerse them in a world full of danger, intrigue and discoveries at every turn. ***Final verdict:Though some readers may find issue with Khoury's tendency toward insta-love and her stance on the dangers of science, Vitro is still a highly enjoyable book. The writing, plotting and world-building make for an action-packed tale that will enthrall readers from beginning to end. I recommend this book for fans of Minders, Mila 2.0, Elusion and The Well's End.

  • Laphini
    2019-06-20 04:52

    Wow, this book is justwow!! The plot, the characters and the twists-All of it!!!This story follows Sophie Crue, Jim Julian and Lux Crue as they discover all the mysteries of Skin Island and themselves.Sophie grew up with her parents for most of her life until her Mum moved to Skin Island to work 10 years prior to the story. She receives an e-mail from her Mother, saying it's an emergency and she has to get to Skin Island immediately. With the help of her old friend, Jim Julian, the two go on an adventure they never sought. My favourite character was Lux because it was actually very cute about how she followed every command Jim said (I won't tell why though). My only dislike about this book is the ending though, it seemed undeveloped and it was also so tragic. It put me to tears.Dramatic sniffle

  • Cheyenne
    2019-06-18 05:00

    I'm absolutely in LOVE with this book! I knew from the beginning Jim and Sophie were going to get together but I fell for him too so it's perfectly fine. Ugh where to begin? So many things kept me hooked! When Nicholas was introduced I knew he shouldn't have been trusted it was just to unsettling that he was at the air strip instead of Moira, Sophie's mother. When Jim picked up Lux and proceed to carry her back to his plane and she woke up and imprinted on him instead of Andreyev. Learning what Vitros are and what they're being used for. So many things about this book made it such a great read. There were parts where I felt like I was actually on Skin Island with Jim, Sophie, Lux, and the Corpus employees. This book was wonderful!

  • Dalene
    2019-06-26 07:05

    I loved this book so much! I read "Vitro" right after reading "Origin" and I had some high expectations. Jessica Khoury though knows how to write a book. I still love "Origin" more but this book captivated me from the very beginning and I couldn't wait to see how the story ended for Sophie and Jim. There are some twists and turns, just like in "Origin". Some things happened that I was not expecting at all, which was a nice surprise. All in all a great novel. Make sure and add Khoury to your TBR and must buy list, her novels are worth it. Now I just have to wait for her next novel to read her next amazing story!

  • Emily
    2019-06-17 05:09

    After reading Origins, Jessica Khoury's first book, I had high expectations for Vitro and it definitely hit the mark. I'm always intrigued by sci-fi books about genetics; there are many different ways to tell that story and Vitro tells it wonderfully. The book has excellent world-building, is fast-paced, and has enough twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. I also loved the cover; it's a refreshing change from most YA novel covers and will definitely stand out on the shelves.

  • Jessica (novelcravings)
    2019-06-16 09:49

    DNF I really liked Origin by Jessica Khoury, but I just lost interest in this book. I felt like it ran out of steam, people were just chasing each other around an island - and I really disliked the chapters from Lux's point of view. This one just wasn't for me.

  • Lisa
    2019-06-16 01:55

    This is a companion novel to Origin, which I liked better. I have so many issues with this book, I don't even know where to begin. Next!

  • Anita
    2019-06-17 02:08

    I am actually quite conflicted with whether or not I liked this book. In the end, I can only say that I found it entertaining and gripping, maybe enjoyable. However, really liking it is a bit of a stretch. The story's progression was consistently forward moving without any room for breath--there was constant action and constant activity, and everything was just moving so fast you don't get much of a chance to think about anything.Jessica Khoury's writing is great and the premise of Vitro an attention-grabbing idea. Certain controversial subjects are raised, and the story can be quite thought-provoking. But aside from that, there wasn't much that stood out about Vitro to make it a memorable book. While the characters were great, there is nothing memorable about them nor about their stories.The Story:Sophie Crue has looked forward to working with her scientist mother on Skin Island her entire life. Ever since her parents split up and she was whisked away to Boston to live with her father, Sophie has desired nothing but to prove to her mother that she can be useful and can help with her mother's research of finding cures for certain human ailments such as Alzheimer's. So when she receives an urgent e-mail from her mother asking for her to come to Skin Island because Moira Crue is in distress and needs Sophie immediately, she does not hesitate to fly all the way out to Guam where she hires a young pilot, Jim Julien (an old childhood friend of hers before she moved to Boston), to take her to Skin Island.But upon arrival, the duo realize that there is something much sinister happening on the isolated island. Instead of researching to find cures for Alzheimer's, Sophie finds that her mother has been creating Vitros, young, teenage children grown artificially born and grown, with chips embedded in their brains who are programmed to imprint upon the first person they see upon awakening, and thus will become a slave to that person.Moreso, Sophie discovers Lux, one of these Vitros, who is her own twin sister.My Thoughts:There were just a few things here and there that did not work for me: mainly a lot of Sophie's actions that get her onto the island in the first place, and some of the sci-fi logic surrounding the creation of these Vitros. Not that I'm a scientist or anything, so I just went with it and enjoyed the horror-like aspect of the sci-fi part of the story.As for Sophie's actions: Had she not been so reckless and naive to begin with, I might have enjoyed the book a lot more. But I found her actions maddeningly stupid. While I understand that she's been wanting to be with her mother for all these years and takes the first chance she gets to run off to Skin Island, I can't help but think that someone more level-headed would have thought things through first before flying across the world based on a single e-mail SOS from a mother who has denied her requests to visit Skin Island for so many years.On top of that, while I don't begrudge her getting into a plane with Jim Julien because he IS a childhood friend, and as she states, her only ever closest and best friend, she also has not seen this boy in over ten years. HOW do you know he's still that same friend and trustworthy enough to climb into a plane with him and rush off into the air where he has full control over where you are going and where you will end up?And THEN, by the third chapter, Sophie once again runs off with another strange boy she DOES NOT EVEN KNOW when they land on Skin Island. Nicholas just shows up, says a lot of cryptic things, doesn't even acknowledge whether or not he is taking Sophie to see her mother, and Sophie just goes with him without hesitation.Honestly, change the way the events at the beginning took place--get Sophie and Jim to Skin Island in a different way with some more tangible reasons, and I might buy into the story a little bit better. But after three very bad decisions, I started becoming wary of everything else that Sophie did such as continuing to trust Nicholas and trying to help him despite the fact that he'd lied to her, sabotaged Jim's plan, and got her stuck on Skin Island.However...At the halfway point of the books, when secrets start coming out and entire island starts becoming chaos and mayhem, things started getting MUCH better.And to be honest, Jessica Khoury's writing is spectacular in laying down the foundation of a world and creating excellent imagery of the island's setting. The story concept was also intriguing, and the characters were all pretty awesome. If not for the few bad decisions that Sophie makes, which seem highly illogical, I might have liked this book a lot more.The character interactions were kind of meh, though. Aside from the whole "childhood" friends memories to go on, the friendship bond between Sophie and Jim was a little flimsy. So it's fortunate that Jim's got a good altrusitic hero complex going on for him and couldn't abandon Sophie, putting his own life in danger time and time again to help her and Lux. But otherwise, even for a friendship, their tight bond felt a little forced.It makes me a little glad that the romance was so back-seated that it might have been non-existent. And I'm okay with that, really.Final Thoughts:I had had stars docked from this book's rating for quite some time until halfway into the book and things started getting exciting and the story world's events and logic felt a bit more stable.Vitro can be an entertaining and enjoyable read. I didn't like it nearly as much as I liked Origin, but it IS serviceable as an action-packed, fast-paced, science fiction.

  • Brina
    2019-06-22 04:03

    Kurzrezension:Die Geschichte steckt voller Geheimnisse und unerwarteter Geschehnisse. Sophie sucht die Anerkennung ihrer Mutter und bekommt etwas ganz anderes. Sie erfährt das Gefühl des Verrats, Verlust und wächst über sich hinaus. Das Ende des Buchs lässt die Möglichkeit offen das es eine Fortsetzung geben könnte.

  • Zozo
    2019-06-24 03:03

    Crazy, gripping and suspenseful.