Monday, January 4, 2021

The Project

 The Project

Author: Courtney Summers

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Year: 2021


I had high hopes for this one. Maybe too high. 

Synopsis: Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo's sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there's more to the group than meets the eye. She's spent the last six years of her life tryingand failingto prove it.

When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its charismatic and mysterious leader, Lev Warren, he proposes a deal: if she can prove the worst of her suspicions about The Unity Project, she may expose them. If she can't, she must finally leave them alone.

But as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members, and spends more time with Lev, it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around herto the point she can no longer tell what's real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn't know if she can afford not to.

Courtney Summers’ books Sadie and All the Rage are two of my favorite books. They are brutal, punch in the throat emotional reads. This one didn’t give me that heart wrenching emotional response. The characters missed the mark for me. I liked Lo’s character, but she seemed flat to me. Lev’s  character never struck me as a charismatic leader. He’s handsome and attractive but I didn’t think he was compelling enough for people to blindly follow him. There was never enough of a punch in this book to make me really connect with it. I’m sure other readers will be pulled right in and love it. 

Thank you to NetGalley, Courtney Summers and St. Martin’s Press for the eARC. The Project publishes on February 2nd. 

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