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On a remote island in the Pacific, scientists privately funded by Corpus, a mysterious corporation, 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.
Seventeen-year-old Sophie Crue is determined to get to Skin Island to 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, because Sophie and Jim are about to find out what happens when science stretches too far beyond its reach.