Author: Jessica Khoury
Release Date: 01/14/2014

Reviewed by: Emily

Skin Island is a remote island in the Pacific where a secret company of scientists create test tube embryos grown around computer chips. These beings- Vitros -can be programmed with all different kinds of traits and super-abilities, but they have one flaw…

Sophie Crue races to Skin Island after receiving an emergency email from her mom. She enlists the help of a childhood friend, Jim, to get her to the mysterious island. But once on the island, Sophie and Jim encounter more than they bargained for, including a group of Vitros gone wrong and a newly awoken one named Lux with a surprising resemblance to Sophie…

As they fight for their lives, Sophie and Jim discover what happens when science stretches too far beyond its reach.

After reading Origin, Jessica Khoury’s first book, I had high expectations for Vitro and it definitely hit the mark. I’m always intrigued by sci fi books about genetics; there are many different ways to tell that story and Vitro tells it wonderfully. The book has excellent world-building, is fast-paced, and has enough twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. I also loved the cover; it’s a refreshing change from most YA novel covers and will definitely stand out on the shelves.