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By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Self-contained sci-fi thriller adds emotion to immortality.

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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

To inappropriate

Violence, violence, violence that's about it besides some kisses. This book is actually quite graphic. There is a bunch of blood in this book and a lot of deaths. The way they make the syrum in the books is to put in part of the formula into a local human who lived in the forest and drawing the syrum out of their veins after their blood had mixed with it, which a few minutes later kills the person because they can't handle it. When someone or something is injected with the syrum but is already immortal they will lose immortality but if they have already lived past a normal life span they die. These are some of the worst scenes there are more but these are the most graphic.

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Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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ORIGIN is a refreshingly self-contained science fiction thriller, the story of one remarkable young woman's discovery of the secrets and betrayal that lie at the heart of her family. Author Jessica Khoury does a fine job of orchestrating Pia's ethical awakening, making her initial naivety and passivity relatable but making her an active agent in her own redemption. The love-at-first-sight of Pia and Eio is a bit overdone but somewhat understandable, given the extraordinary circumstances.

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