Daily Archives: October 20, 2014

Vitro: strange sci-fi

c_vitroTitle: Vitro

Author: Jessica Khoury

Summary: Skin Island is a mysterious island in the Pacific where Sophie Crue’s mother has been working as a secretive scientist for most of her life. One day, Sophie receives a mysterious email from her mother, asking her to fly in from her father’s home in Boston and help with an unnamed emergency. She secretly boards a plane and returns to her birthplace in Guam. With the help of her long-lost childhood friend, pilot Jim Julien, she goes to Skin Island and begins to unlock its terrifying secrets: the scientists there are creating genetically engineered human beings called Vitros with computer chips in their brains, designed to act as servants with superpowers. The adventure spirals out of control as Sophie and Jim discover secret after dramatic, shocking secret in this complicated web of scientists, investors, not-so-innocent teenagers, and scary people with machine guns.

I started reading it because it seemed like a cool science-fiction concept.

I kept reading because … well… to be honest, it was difficult for me to get through this book. The writing was a bit cheesy, and the characters seemed weak and underdeveloped to me. I finished the book because I wanted to know how the whole mess would sort itself out in the end, but I wasn’t very emotionally invested in any of the characters’ fates.

If Sophie was in a yearbook, she would be voted “worst decision maker.”

This book reminded me of some sort of strange sci-fi teen fan fiction. I’m not really sure…

I would recommend this to anyone who likes science fiction and/or explosions and doesn’t mind some questionable writing choices and dramatized clichés.

–Hannah, 16, Greenwood Teen Blogger