Review: Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Project Pandora by Aden PolydorosProject Pandora (Assassin Fall, #1) by Aden Polydoros
Pages: 372
on August 1st 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Science Fiction
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars

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...

Review

Project Pandora was an entertaining wild and crazy ride of a book that stayed with me long after I was finished reading. I was hooked as soon as I saw that the teenage assassins had code names based on Greek mythology. There’s romance, friendship, a few identity crises, illegal human experimentation, and an evil shadowy organization. If that sounds good to you, definitely pick up this debut novel.

This book begins with Apollo brutally executing someone. As the novel progresses, it becomes clear that Apollo, or Tyler, has no idea of what he has done or even what he can do. In his mind, he is Tyler Bennet, a kid bounced around the foster system throughout his life. Enter Athena, Persephone, and Hades (seriously, the greek mythology references were awesome). Of them all, only Hade is aware of who and what they truly are.

The plot of this book appealed tremendously to both the thriller-loving part of me and the scientist part. For a debut writer, Aden Polydoros is skilled with creating tension while maintaining an air of mystery. I don’t want to say too much about the plot because I don’t want to give away any spoilers or ruin any of the surprises. I will say that I was a bit confused as to who was who in the beginning of the book but that quickly sorted itself out.

There were many ethical and moral dilemmas brought up in this book – it addressed eugenics, mind control, genetic manipulation, behavioral conditioning, and technology. There were beautifully interwoven into the plot of the novel, not too prevalent but definitely present. I do wish that we had learned more about Project Pandora, I feel as if we were only given half the pieces of the puzzle and expected to form a complete picture from them. However, this was the first book in the series so hopefully more details with be forthcoming in future installments.

As interesting as Tyler, Elizabeth, and Shannon were, Hades absolutely stole the show for me. He was such a wonderfully complex character and sometimes villain. I was never sure what to expect from him, except I knew that it would probably be romantic if it involved Elizabeth and incredibly bloody if it involved anything else. I loved his backstory and the glimpses we got into his internal struggles. Both the romances in this book were slightly predictable but entirely adorable. There was even one moment near the end when I may or may not have teared up.

Project Pandora is an interesting debut that will appeal to readers who enjoy a good thriller or who like darker science fiction. I will definitely be continuing with the series, i can’t wait to see where the author takes it next.

four-stars

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