Vitro (Corpus #2) by Jessica Khoury

On Skin Island, even the laws of creation can be broken.17617762

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.com

I’ve read all three of the Corpus books now, and I have to say, Vitro is my least favorite.  Loved the premise, the story took off from the first page and jumped right into the action – then it just seemed to lose steam.  Not that this was a bad book by any means, but for me, it just didn’t rise to the heights of the other two.

The scientific aspects of this story just fascinated me – throw genetic engineering into the equation, and you usually have my undivided attention.  I thought having an island as the setting added to the intensity of the plot – there are only so many places you can go, and options for help and escape are very limited.  Jim’s sense of humor and his ‘go with the flow’ attitude gave me some laughs, and you really had to feel for the guy, because doing a favor for an old friend with a pretty face probably gave him the crappiest days of his life.

Somewhere around the middle, the story lost its pace and the ending seemed prolonged and a little predictable.  There were a few twists and revealed secrets, but the last half of the book wasn’t as compelling as the first.

Although there are three books in the Corpus series, all are stand alones and don’t need to be read in order.  I’m hoping the author continues with this series in the future – there are so many directions she could take and I’m anxious to see what’s next.

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