Project Pandora (Assassin Fall #1)
By: Aden Polydoros
Publication Date: August 1st, 2017
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 an edge of your seat, mind-twisty thriller. The characters here are all morally dubious, and their actions and points of view are interspersed with classified documents and interviews that pertain to their personas. The reader will catch on to what is happening quickly enough, but the real thrill is seeing how these characters will figure out what the reader already knows.
The plot follows four teens whose lives intersect frequently and sometimes without their knowledge. These brushes with fate are entertaining to watch, and the mystery that these run ins and the deja vu-esque draw these characters have to each other keeps the reader guessing at the direction of the plot for a good portion of the book. These teens are unique and realistic, and their personalities and points of view never ran together.
The true strength of Project Pandora was in its dramatic irony spread across four main characters. What these characters knew and didn’t know was kept straight with no plot holes or unexplained jumps in logic. The ending here is devastating, and was probably my least favorite part of the book. That doesn’t mean, though, that I’m not looking forward to the sequel. There are still too many unanswered questions and so much development for the characters that I can’t wait to see.
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