I was super excited to read The Project after loving Sadie by Courtney Summers. This is a YA mystery/thriller and that’s one of my favourite genres. After listening to this on audio I have a hard time reviewing it. That’s why it took me this long to write this post. But today I’ll share my thoughts!
Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died in a tragic car accident, her sister Bea joined the elusive community called The Unity Project, leaving Lo to fend for herself. Desperate not to lose the only family she has left, Lo has spent the last six years trying to reconnect with Bea, only to be met with radio silence.
When Lo’s given the perfect opportunity to gain access to Bea’s reclusive life, she thinks they’re finally going to be reunited. But it’s difficult to find someone who doesn’t want to be found, and as Lo delves deeper into The Project and its charismatic leader, she begins to realize that there’s more at risk than just her relationship with Bea: her very life might be in danger.
As she uncovers more questions than answers at each turn, everything Lo thought she knew about herself, her sister, and the world is upended. One thing doesn’t change, though, and that’s what keeps her going: Bea needs her, and Lo will do anything to save her.
From Courtney Summers, the New York Times bestselling author of the 2019 Edgar Award Winner and breakout hit Sadie, comes her electrifying follow-up—a suspenseful, pulls-no-punches story about an aspiring young journalist determined to save her sister no matter the cost.
The Project by Courtney Summers
Published by Wednesday Books on 02/02/2021
This cover is so cool! I love the details on it so much. And it fits the story very well. Both the actual image as the vibe of it. This is just really well done and I would love to see more books with covers like this.
Like I said, I had a hard time reviewing this one. We follow Lo Denham, her sister Bea is involved with The Unity Project and they aren’t in contact anymore. Lo is convinced the Unity Project is a cult and tries her hardest to prove that and get her sister back.
This book started off a bit confusing but also quite promising. I really enjoyed Sadie and that had that weird vibe as well, where you’re not sure what’s going on and where the story will take you. But in the end it’s all worth it. For The Project it wasn’t exactly the same.
I really enjoyed some of the parts of the story, while others were just not my cup of tea. This book isn’t badly written at all, it’s actually written quite well. But it has to be your type of book and writing for you to enjoy it. If you enjoyed Sadie there’s a bit chance you’ll also enjoy this one. Unfortunately for me it didn’t totally add up to a high rating. In the end I rated this book 3,5 stars which is still quite good. I liked some of the twists and I also enjoyed reading from Lo’s perspective.
Lo is a bit older than the typical YA heroines and I really appreciated that. She was super stubborn and was like a dog with a bone. I really liked that about her! Bea has some POV’s as well and it was so hard reading from her. I loved her a lot but her story was just heartbreaking. It all happens gradually and makes you doubt yourself. This was written really really well.
I feel like there were a couple of plot lines that didn’t really go anywhere and that was a bit disappointing. The ending was somewhat to be expect from Courtney Summers but I didn’t love it. I was expecting a bit more even though I loved the ending in Sadie. Those things just made me rate it 3,5 stars. I would still recommend this though! It was a thrilling read that really makes you think.