17617762Vitro by Jessica Khoury
Release Date: January 14, 2014
Publisher: RazorBill
Source: First to Read
Rating: DNF
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

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 – Goodreads


To be quite honest, I am not sure why I read Vitro. While Origin was solid, I didn’t find it spectacular and I wasn’t dying to read any sequel. But was I glad I gave Vitro a chance? Erm. Sadly no. I hesitated. I tried to finish it. At 21% I said on goodreads “Will this be my first DNF of the year?” and at around 30% it was. Seeing I rarely DNF, it was hard, but needed.

I didn’t care about Sophie who was trying to find her mom. I didn’t care about Jim and his backstory with Sophie. I stopped just as they found her Vitro twin, Lux and I still couldn’t be forced to care. I mean, I didn’t even flip to the end to see how it ended. Which I feel says everything about this novel. I just found it hard to care. Which is upsetting because Khoury’s writing was fairly strong in Vitro. But it was not enough to save this novel for me.