Vitro

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    Hardcover ë Vitro eBook ´ 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 researchNow 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."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 384
  • Vitro
  • Jessica Khoury
  • English
  • 07 July 2017
  • 1595146059

About the Author: Jessica Khoury

Hardcover ë Vitro eBook ´ vitro mobile, VitroVitro PDF/EPUBJessica Khoury wrote her first book at age , a fan fic sequel to Syd Hoff s Danny and the Dinosaur, which she scribbled on notebook paper, stapled together, and placed on the bookshelf of her preschool classroom Since that day, she s dreamed of being an author When not writing, Jess enjoys spending time with family, playing video games, and oil and watercolor painting She is also a professional mapmaker, and spends far too much time scribbling tiny trees and mountains for fictional worlds Jess currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina She is the author of the Corpus trilogy, The Forbidden Wish, Last of Her Name, and The Mystwick School of Musicraft.


VitroHardcover ë Vitro eBook ´ vitro mobile, VitroVitro PDF/EPUBOn Skin Island, even the laws of creation can be brokenOn 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 flawSophie 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 researchNow 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.

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10 thoughts on “Vitro

  1. Giselle says:

    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 isor 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 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 isor 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 thefun 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 wishtime 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.Forof my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads

  2. Darth J says:

    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 the 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 clich s 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 itif 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

  3. B says:

    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 evenspine tingling All of this, and , make Vitro a really fun, action packed read.However, like most a 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 evenspine tingling All of this, and , 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 wasinvested 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 .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 muchthan I would have without Lux s chapters, and made many thingsemotional 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

  4. ♥ Rebecca ♥ says:

    This book was nothing like what I expected I think it deserves a 3.5 5 I was expecting it to belike 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 This book was nothing like what I expected I think it deserves a 3.5 5 I was expecting it to belike 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 wasof 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

  5. Michelle Wrona says:

    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 himAnd 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 livIt 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 himAnd 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 someaction 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

  6. Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always says:

    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 c 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 anythingthan, 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

  7. Sara Grochowski says:

    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 hu 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 struth 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

  8. Holly says:

    YAY Can t wait to read this follow up to ORIGIN I enjoyed that book so muchthan I thought I would, in fact and really look forward to this one

  9. Jon says:

    Check out Scott Reads It forreviews 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 co Check out Scott Reads It forreviews 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

  10. Jeann (Happy Indulgence) says:

    I wish I enjoyed this , 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 Nichol I wish I enjoyed this , 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 forreviews