Vitro, by Jessica Khoury, is a science fiction novel where science is taken perhaps too far.
Sophie Crue is determined to get to Skin Island, a remote island in the Pacific, to find her mother. Sophie’s mother is a scientist on the mysterious island. Corpus, a company with origins and it seems few ethical considerations, has pushed science to new limits. On Skin Island, the scientists have created a batch of new beings – the Vitros. These Vitros have special abilities and one huge flaw.
Sophie convinces Jim, a young man she knew as a boy, to fly her out to Skin Island. When there, she discovers that things are not what they seem, and that her mother is not the person she believed her to be. Sophie also discovers a shocking secret – her twin, Lux. A Vitro, Lux carries their special abilities and their curse.
Sophie’s arrival sets off a chain of events which reveal just how far Corpus may go to protect it’s secrets.
My initial thoughts:
- Action! Anxiety!! Gasping moments! Family! Love!
- Science – taken beyond ethics
My after-thinking-about-it thoughts:
- This was a brilliant story about what happens when the boundaries of science and greed are pushed past decency and compassion.
- Sophie is a vivacious character, who can be easily lead, at times, but who will fight passionately for what she thinks is right.
- Jim is also an interesting guy, an unexpected hero.
- I was tempted to look at characters in very black-and-white ways. For example, scientists = bad. But the family dynamics created many shades of grey that I appreciate even more upon reflection.
This was certainly and exciting book! I also love how there is a mention of the “South American project” – clearly Origin. I love links!
I would definitely recommend this one! 4/5
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