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Vitro by Jessica Khoury (2 stars)

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In Vitro by Jessica Khoury, Sophie is out to find her mad-scientist mother, but both she and her childhood friend-turned-pilot Jim get more than they bargained for when Skin Island won't let them go. I was conflicted on rating this one. It was a little like whipped cream, I think- tasty, and you get it quickly, but not much substance and it doesn't stay with you.

Vitro by Jessica Khoury
Series: n/a
Genres: YA, Sci-fi
Published on January 14, 2014
Published by Razorbill
Final Rating: 2 stars

On Skin Island, even the laws of creation can be broken.

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.

What I liked:
  • It was a quick read. Despite some slow moments, the plot keep a fairly quick pace.
  • Although I had several hunches that turned out to be right, I was curious to see which plot paths the author would take. It kept me reading on.

What I didn't like:

  • I never really cared about any of the characters. Life-changing secrets come to light? Meh. Close scrape? Turn page. Character death? Yawn.
  • Underused character(s). The evil could have been so effective, but it got limited screen time and when it was there, it was too simple. What happened to complex villains? There were also some side characters I would have liked to see do more.

Final Thoughts:
I think I breezed through Vitro as quickly as I did because it was like TV- quick, easy, lots of action/plot, limited emotional/mental investment. (And I caught myself avoiding my current review book and knew I needed to get reading again.) The science ideas were semi-interesting, but I didn't connect to anyone or anything. I may read the next book in this set of companion novels(?), but it would probably be as another palate cleanser.

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