by Shari Becker
When a killer storm unexpectedly hits Manhattan, seventeen-year-old Lilah Stellow’s dad insists that she and her younger sister, Flori, take refuge at their cabin in the mountains. But instead of joining them with the experimental drug that keeps Lilah alive, he disappears just as news reports name him as a prime suspect in an act of ecoterrorism.
As days pass without her medicine, Lilah finds herself teetering on the edge, caring for her sister, and growing increasingly certain they’re being watched. In her search for answers, Lilah is thrown into the center of a mystery involving an off-the-grid research facility and finds herself drawn in by Daniel, an intriguing boy who is the son of the lead scientist. As she dares to seek answers, Lilah slowly realizes that even the best intentions can go horribly wrong.
Ah, The Stellow Project, where to begin.
You were kind of a mess at times, but you did seem to pull through in the end. Although, you were kind of painful to read at some points, I did not hate you. You were new to YA, and as a first attempt, you were very good. I just wanted a little more.
It wasn't even that you were just flat out bad, it was that you relied on suspense to compel me to finish you. I was never really captivated though. There was no one aspect that drew me back to this book after a few hours away. While some books have beautiful writing, vivid characters, or a ridiculous plot, you just kind of had average everything.
I really did like your idea though. I am in love with everything environmental, so I assumed you would be a home run for me. Alas, I was wrong. You were such a gr9 concept. It could have been so badass seeing Lilah's transformation while also finding out secrets about the government, but you literally just stayed inside a camp and tried to figure some stuff out while being incredibly angsty.
One thing I was kind of hoping for that would save the book was the romance, but it just kind of fell flat. It was not really believable, if that makes sense. The love was completely because of circumstance rather than actual attraction and feelings, which should not be a thing. Also, Lilah was not a real person without Daniel, and I honestly don't think that is healthy.
Lilah as a character was not entirely interesting, or right for the story. I think that if she was a bit more of a badass, you would have worked out a lot better as a story. But she was just scared and whiny which annoyed me immensely,
I was most dissatisfied with the ending, however. I feel like it could have been a lot more flushed out, but it just happened without any explanations. You gave little tidbits as to what was going on in the world, and you expected us to just fill in the blanks. An author should write the story, not just leave us to assume because you know what happens when you assume (you make an ASS out of U and ME). Also, this is the reason for the question mark after standalone; I truly feel like Becker could write a sequel to you, and it would be very good because the ending was very suggesting of another book.
Anyway, despite the problems with it, you were not a bad book. I appreciated your concept, and what the author was trying to accomplish, but it just didnt work out as a whole.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review, and honestly it would be more difficult to make a dishonest review than a truthful one.