The Project, Courtney Summers
Themes: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult
Reading Format: Kindle, eBook
Review Copy, I received a free copy of this book from Edelweiss and Macmillan in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Content Warnings and Trigger Warnings: Suicide , parental death, grooming, cults, mentions of self-harm, car accident, panic attack, gaslighting, physical abuse, violence.
Lo Denham might only be nineteen years old but she has already suffered many losses in her life. Starting with a car accident that took her parents lives, leaving her with a scar and terrible memories. While Lo was fighting for her life in the hospital her sister Bea, wishes for a miracle and she believes to have found one in Lev Warren. He is the leader of a group called The Unity Project.
Years later, Lo is working as an assistant at a powerful magazine company, however her dream is to write. When a suicide she witnessed somehow ties into the project and her sister, Lo becomes suspicious of the groups motives. She decides that this story could be her break I to writing. She is going to connect the death of this boy to the project and expose them to the public, which means she needs to drive up the the farm where the unity project resides and confront Lev and her sister.
Having a sister is a promise no one but the two of you can make, and no one but the two of you can break.
Happy Publication day ! Holy crap this book was insane!! Courtney Summers knows how to write intriguing stories with sad broken characters. You think you know how the story will end but there are some many twists. I was immediately sucked in from the first chapter.
The characters are really what drives this story. Lo is bold yet vulnerable,despite all the bad things that have happened to her. She is also skeptics, always questioning everything. I really loved her as a character, she was very relatable. Lev is another interesting character because he truly believes he is doing God’s work and that his actions are what God wants. He is charismatic and passionate, it’s hard not to get caught up in what he’s saying. But then you start to see little peaks of darkness in him.
I had so many theories while reading and each one turned out to be wrong! I love a story that keeps you thinking and trying to figure out how it will all end. The cult aspect is also very interesting, the way Lev lures people into the project is very subtle. Promising that you will be at peace with God by your side. And while the project did help the community benefit such as creating centres for the less fortunate and donating funds to charities.
Overall, this is a fast paced, thrilling read. I read it in just two sittings, and I cannot recommend it enough.