Saturday, April 18, 2015

Book Review: Kalahari (Corpus #3) by Jessica Khoury

Corpus #3

Jessica Khoury

February 24, 2015


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GR's Summary:

Deep in the Kalahari Desert, a Corpus lab protects a dangerous secret… 

But what happens when that secret takes on a life of its own? 

When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. It’s up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety, calling on survival know-how from years of growing up in remote and exotic locales. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together, even as their circumstances grow increasingly desperate. 

But soon a terrifying encounter makes Sarah question everything she’s ever known about the natural world. A silver lion, as though made of mercury, makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. After a narrow escape, they uncover the chilling truth behind the lion’s silver sheen: a highly contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the entire area—and eliminate life as they know it. 

In this breathtaking new novel by the acclaimed author of Origin and Vitro, Sarah and the others must not only outrun the virus, but its creators, who will stop at nothing to wipe every trace of it.

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My Take on This Journey:

Kalahari, by Jessica Khoury, is the third novel in the Corpus Series.  Ms. Khoury is at the top of her game in this dynamic, sensational, journey of a lifetime.  Not only has Ms. Khoury created a fast paced, and adventurous timeline, but she has also painted a phenomenal setting with a water color tapestry of vivid imagery.  The reader can  easily visualize these real life characters, and animals, who are sensationally brought to life.  

Ty has gone after poachers, but doesn't return.  Sarah, now realizes, (to her horror,) that she has to take these four quirky, melodramatic, sarcastic, overly pampered kids, through the Kalahari and all it's dangers using her lifelong survival training, in place of Ty.

Sarah is the daughter of famous Zoologist, and head researcher at Camp Acacia, Ty Carmichael.  As Sarah ventures in to the Kalahari, along with the four students, they don't realize, it will be a journey filled with brutal lessons in futility, starvation, dehydration, danger, and self preservation.  Each individual growing up a little more with every new obstacle that comes their way.

As Sarah is trying to get these students safely to Ghansi, so they can catch a plane and return home, she is also trying to track down her missing father.  Secrets are revealed in succession, answers to open-ended questions come full circle, until the catastrophic realities for the Kalahari, and entire world, are brought to the forefront.  Along the way, there is a budding romance that evolves between Sarah and Sam. (one of the students)

This was a phenomenal novel, written by a talented author with an amazing imagination, and it is obvious that Ms. Khoury has done her homework!  She describes every animal, bird, tree, reptile native to the Kalahari desert.  I do not usually read dystopian novels, but she has sold me now!  Don't miss out on this amazing  journey!  You will be rivited from the first page on.  I could not put this novel down.

I give Kalahari, by Jessica Khoury, 5 Outstanding life lessons, Thrilling, Mysterious, Magically Mystical Imagery filled Stars!

My Favorite Quote:

"People are like stars, but it's stories that turn us into constellations.  If we don't tell our stories, we burn alone in the dark." (Kindle, Pg. 205)

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About Jessica Khoury:

Jessica Khoury wrote her first book at age 4, a fan fic sequel to Syd Hoff's Danny and the Dinosaur, which she scribbled on notebook paper, stapled together, and placed on the bookshelf of her preschool classroom. Since that day, she's dreamed of being an author. 

When not writing, Jess enjoys spending time with family, playing video games, and traveling the world in search of stories and inspiration. 

Jess currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina. She is the author of Origin, Vitro, and forthcoming Kalahari.


  1. Wow! That does sound like a boomer of a story. I have yet to read any of the author's books, but I can see that I've been missing out.

  2. I don't know this one at all. Interesting.


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