Friday, June 26, 2015

Book review - The Stellow Project

Title: The Stellow Project
Author: Shari Becker
Genre: mild sci-fi
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not amazing, not terrible
Summary: Following the advice of her father, Lila packed up her little sister Flori and headed for their cabin in the mountains, thrying to stay a step ahead of a killer storm on track to hit their home in Manhattan. Their situation at the cabin quickly becomes dangerous as Lilah runs low on the medication that keeps her alive and their father fails to meet them as promised. When Lilah discovers that her father has been accused of an act of eco-terrorism, Lilah is desperate to save herself and her sister. This effort finds her mixed up with a secret research facility that may have ties to her father.

My opinion: I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I loved the premise (though I loved it more at the beginning than I did as secrets began to be revealed). The characters are mostly likeable and complex. The plot is a little weak though. For a book that wants to be a thriller, the tension just isn't there. And there are too many questions and not nearly enough answers. Many characters draw conclusions about secrets with only the slimmest of evidence, conclusions that are seldom challenged or misled. It's a plot with great promise and may very well live up to that promise with future volumes. As it stands, though, I'm hesitant to commit to this series.

Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley

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