Kalahari

By Jessica Khoury

Deep in the Kalahari Desert, a Corpus lab protects a dangerous secret…
But what happens when that secret takes on a life of its own?
 
When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. It’s up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety, calling on survival know-how from years of growing up in remote and exotic locales. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together, even as their circumstances grow increasingly desperate.
 
But soon a terrifying encounter makes Sarah question everything she’s ever known about the natural world. A silver lion, as though made of mercury, makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. After a narrow escape, they uncover the chilling truth behind the lion’s silver sheen: a highly contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the entire area—and eliminate life as they know it.
 
In this breathtaking new novel by the acclaimed author of Origin and Vitro, Sarah and the others must not only outrun the virus, but its creators, who will stop at nothing to wipe every trace of it.

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Kalahari was every bit as page-turning, exciting, and entertaining as Origin and Vitro. In was set in another dreamy, fantastical location which made for some pretty amazing writing about nature. In true me fashion,  I ate it up like candy. I am pretty obsessed with this series. I saw on Twitter Khoury has a new book coming out…but it’s not one from this series. 😦

I’m going to start taking bets on where the next book in the series will be. So far we’ve had the Amazon, a tropical island, and the Kalahari. Where will Corpus strike next? Australia? Or somewhere less exotic and tropical like Iceland?

I will be waiting the next in the series with bated breath. And I’ll probably read Khoury’s new book when it comes out to pass the time of waiting.

Vitro

By Jessica Khoury

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.

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After gobbling up Origin when I read it a few months ago, I was eager to dive into Vitro, book two in the series. Though it should be noted that I don’t think it matters at all if you read Vitro before Origin.

Vitro gives us all new characters, an all new setting, and an all new mystery with the same shadowy overlords: Corpus.

Vitro was as fantastical, fun, and afternoon-sucking as Origin. Once again we get a female lead (Sophie) with a male love interest (Jim). But the romantic elements in Origin get dramatically overshadowed by the events on Skin Island.

Peeking ahead at the third book, Kalahari, it seems we’re in for new characters on a new adventure… Probably also the work of Corpus.

I hope these books keep rolling in, I don’t want to let go of this not-series yet!

(Also, isn’t the cover of this one just STUNNING?!)