Doomed to – or blessed with – eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.
You know, TUCK EVERLASTING was one of the easiest classics I ever read. Even AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS had been dry at first. But you know, back in my classics phase–dealing with dry beginnings was easy for me, and I have to admit that that patience has helped me every now and again even now.
The thing is though, I always wondered about Tuck and his family. What would become of them and of course, Winnie. More so than anything else, however, I dreamed about what would happen if they were alive today. What the modern version of TREASURE ISLAND and PETER PAN and all the classics I loved so much at the time–and still do now–would look like from a modern standpoint.
I was never planning to read ORIGIN. In my mind, it sounded cool enough. I just wasn’t motivated to read it. But when I heard that one of my blogging friends loved the characters in the story, it piqued my interest and I slowly got more and more excited to read the book.
This book is awesome.
I can’t say that I love it to the point where I would consider giving it five stars, but if guess it’s somewhere between 4 and 4.5. 4.3, if you will. Don’t get me wrong, I loved ORIGIN. I thought that it had an original, unique premise and I loved Khoury’s voice as a writer and through Pia. But I felt like there was something missing. Not from the plot and not from the style or format, and definitely not in a bad way, but it left me wanting somehow. Stuck between wanting more because I loved it and wanting more because it wasn’t enough as a book. It’s hard to explain.
However, I loved Pia’s growth in this story as a character and Eio’s sweet, honest and kind personality. Other characters grew on me as well, such as Antonio and Ami. At times, I didn’t like Pia’s arrogant personality in the beginning but the way she branched out as a character unfolded quite nicely. As for the ending, I thought that that was a great move on Khoury’s part and I felt like it was just right. The perfect thing to leave off with for this book.
I’ve just recently read the blurb for Vitro and I do hope that Khoury goes somewhat the way of the MAXIMUM RIDE series by James Patterson. However, as some of you may know, the ending of that series was a little bit of a disappointment for me. I’m one of the few people who don’t love James Patterson’s style, but I do have faith in Jessica Khoury that she could pull this off. I can’t wait to see how Khoury grows as a writer and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for her, as well as some of the other great 2013 authors.
Eagerly awaiting a chance to read VITRO but for now, all those of you who are on the fence about reading ORIGIN–go for it. This story is simple in the best way, satisfying but leaving you excited for the next book and fresh. This book really took me by surprise and the world-building was fantastic. 4.3 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 394
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