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
This is one of those books that I picked up as a spur of the moment kind of thing. I saw the spine, recognized the novel from one of my Goodreads searches and bought myself a copy. I guess I could say that it was well worth it, although I would better recommend you borrow this at the library rather than buy it if you’re interested, since it wasn’t an amazing read.
The first thing that made me want to read it was the gorgeous cover. (I even mentioned it in a discussion post here.) I wanted to know the connection between the test tube and the island. It’s definitely intriguing, no? As was the synopsis of the novel.
The story stars of immediately at a fast pace. Unlike some other authors, Jessica Khoury doesn’t spend time beating around the bush with boring scenes of the heroine’s ordinary life, she instantly gives us the problem the heroine needs to solve. I mean it–the story begins with Sophie, our heroine, trying to find a plane to take her to the infamous–dangerous, they say–Skin Island. And no one wants to take her, until her childhood friend Jim Julien gives her a hand. And a series of new events take place.
Sophie was an okay heroine. There were times when I wanted to give her a pat on the shoulder for her determination, but sometimes I wanted to smash a test tube to her skull. It’s clear that all she wants to do is to save her mother, but then she does such irrational things that make her come off as stupid. I mean, she wants to leave the island without telling her father. If you’re desperate to do something, you need help, not secrecy.
Jim Julien was also just okay. To be honest, none of the characters gave me any feels–neither did the “romance.” (I honestly didn’t feel that there was a romance aspect in the novel.) Everything was just so blandly written for me, in terms of characters and relationships. None of them piqued my interest to anything more than, “Huh, interesting.”
Moving on to the plot–I enjoyed learning about the secrets of Skin Island as well as navigating around it. Descriptions were done well, things were planned out and laid straight for us readers. Things were mostly explained well enough. I liked the antagonist (from the island), as well, but there was something off about him (aside from, well–you’ll know when you read it).
Again, the pacing was fast. There was a decent amount of action, suspense and a bit of drama thrown here and there. I didn’t have problems keeping up, and the simple writing made it easier to go with the flow of the story.
All in all, it was an okay read. If you’re into science fiction and action, this’ll probably be a good fit for you. I might recommend it to fans of Taken by Erin Bowman, only if you’re okay with the lack of romance (’cause Taken had a looooot of romance).