Page Count 432
Publication date February 2021
Publisher Wednesday Books
Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo’s sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there’s more to the group than meets the eye. She’s spent the last six years of her life trying—and failing—to prove it.
When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its leader, Lev Warren and as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her—to the point she can no longer tell what’s real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn’t know if she can afford not to.
Despite having ‘Sadie’ on my wish list since forever, The Project is my first read of Courtney Summers. The cover and synopsis caught my eye on Netgalley late last year. Did I see the word CULT? I’m in!
Summers’ writing style flows wonderfully. Within the first few pages of The Project I was already invested in both sisters Bea and Lo and only a page later the intrigue began.
The story is told in two timelines, present first person by Lo and third person past tense through Bea. Pay attention to the dates on each chapter as there’s a lot of jumping back and forth. Through these two opposing views we come to learn of The Unity Project run by Lev Warren. Is it a cult or are they just good people striving for a better world?
The Project is very much about Lo’s character development, Summers puts the reader right there in her mind. Her grief, loneliness and confusion screams from the pages as she searches for a way to reconnect with Bea.
I was as lost as Lo when trying to ascertain the truth behind The Unity Project.
The characters in this novel are so convincing, they will twist your opinions back and forth throughout.