Today, we're excited to be part of the official blog tour for ORIGIN by Jessica Khoury! Origin just released on Tuesday and has been getting such great reviews already, this is one book you won't want to miss!
As part of the tour, Jessica is stopping by Novel Thoughts with an excerpt from the book to get you intrigued then explains the scenes, characters, and more!With nothing more to say, read the excerpt and get a behind-the-scenes look!
“Uncle T,” I say, trying to be as nonchalant as possible, “what’s Manaus like?”
His back is turned to me, and I see the muscles in his shoulders tense. As he turns around, I put on my most determined face. “Well? Is it true you have to go through Manaus if you want to get anywhere?”
He looks around, but no one heard my question. He leans over and puts his dark face inches from mine. “Now don’t you be asking me questions like that, Pia. You know it’s against the rules. Do you want to get me in trouble?”
I frown, and beside me, Alai raises his hackles slightly. “I won’t tell anyone you told me. Come on, Uncle T! I know all about protozoons and mitochondria, and I can tell you all the genus and species of all the animals in the menagerie, but all I really want to know about is my own jungle!” (Origin, page 23).
Thoughts from Jessica:
Pia is very curious about the outside, but because she’s been denied any information about the world, it’s hard for her to put that curiosity into words or actions. She knows she wants to learn what’s out there—but she’s not sure what it is, exactly, that she’s missing. There isn’t much that scares Pia, of course, but Paolo has drilled into her brain the idea that if she leaves, she’ll be caught and put into a cage. Part of her journey to truth in Origin is her discovering that she’s already in a cage, both physically and mentally. She does badger the scientists for information about the outside, and is resentful of them withholding this knowledge. But she’s been so carefully and purposefully conditioned to only ask questions within the parameters set for her that it’s a huge step for her to finally sneak out of Little Cam. The scientists’ hold on Pia isn’t just physical—it’s mental. She must struggle to break free of the walls they’ve built in her mind, and her curiosity becomes one of the most powerful tools she has in doing so.
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