Published by Entangled: Teen on August 1st 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Suspense/Thriller, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Paperback
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I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced from home to home, he’s learned that lesson the hard way. Cue world’s tiniest violin. But when strange things start happening—waking up with bloody knuckles and no memory of the night before or the burner phone he can’t let out of his sight— Tyler starts to wonder if he can even trust himself.
Even stranger, the girl he’s falling for has a burner phone just like his. Finding out what’s really happening only leads to more questions…questions that could get them both killed. It’s not like someone’s kidnapping teens lost in the system and brainwashing them to be assassins or anything, right? And what happens to rogue assets who defy control?
In a race against the clock, they’ll have to uncover the truth behind Project Pandora and take it down—before they’re reactivated. Good thing the program spent millions training them to kick ass...
Project Pandora is book #1 of Aden Polydoros Assassin Fall series. The story centers on teenagers who have been brainwashed/programmed and then trained, Manchurian Candidate style, to do missions (assassinations etc), but remember none of it afterwards. I found the premise to be an interesting one and as the connections between the characters were revealed and grew, things became a lot more interesting.
There was a sort of detached feel to the book, which worked in the sense that the characters were, in a way, doing things outside of their control and keeps the reader invested in that concept. Alternatively though this led to the pacing between action to be a bit lagging. While Tyler (Apollo) Benett is the character listed in the book teaser with his connection with Shannon (Artemis), the characters of Elizabeth (Persephone) and Hades was more interesting. There are 4 distinct POVs in the book so you get lots of all 4 and learn about each of them as you go. Hades is in many ways a driving force and the character you love to hate and hate to love, but something about him makes him that much more interesting.
Overall, Project Pandora is a mystery and learning about it and the characters in it while they learn about themselves made for an interesting read. I happily recommend and can’t wait to know where things go from here.
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