Sunday, August 30, 2015

Book Review: The Stellow Project by Shari Becker

The Stellow Project
Shari Becker
Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy and Futuristic
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.

"This is a disaster-not a teenage my-hair-is-a-mess disaster, but a hard-core we're-stuck-in-the-mountains-in-the-middle-of-a-tornado disaster"
Well, this was a blast! The characters both MC and the side characters were good, the plot and world building were awesome too, There's not too much of a Romance happening too which is very refreshing for a YA read. The Stellow Project kinda reminds me of Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson, with the experiment and evil scientist and all.

Lilah Stellow isn't a typical kick-ass MC you'll meet in a YA sci-fi fantasy book. She's been in fact, sick her whole life with an unknown pill that's keeping her alive and breathing after her last successful surgery.
"I have crappy lungs, not a-little-wheeze-here-or-there crappy, but full-blown-we'll-take-you-down-if-you're-not-paying-attention crappy."
She might have been cared of her whole life but when the situation calls for it, she knows when to take charge.
"Flori and I have to escape ASAP. We can't wait for Daniel. We need our own plan"
Here is a young girl who knows how to sort out her priorities - her sister. She doesn't wait around for something to happen, she goes for it.

Beware though that since this is the first in the series. Expect that there will be a lot of world, plot and even character development. There wasn't any resolution included in this book, other might find it disappointing, but I find it rather exciting. Now, I can't wait to start the sequel! It's like this book set-up the stage for the final showdown!

P.S I don't usually read the Acknowledgement part of the book, but since I was so startled with how this book ended, I "accidentally", read it. LOL. I couldn't have find any simpler words to describe this book so I took it out right from the Author's Acknowledgement part.
"As I sit back and reflect on this book and all that went into it, I realize that at its core, it’s a story about family. About the people who love you and protect you whether the sun is shining or the tornadoes are bearing down."
I couldn't agree more.

**I received The Stellow Project from Skyscape via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.**

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Shari Becker was born in Montreal, Quebec, and was raised speaking both English and French. As a child, she spent her summers in the Adirondack Mountains catching fireflies, minnows, and toads. She has an MA from New York University and has worked for Nickelodeon, for Disney-owned companies, and even for an Emmy Award–winning puppeteer. She is the author of two picture books, including Maxwell’s Mountain, a Junior Library Guild Selection and Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book. She now lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with her husband, their two daughters, and their dog. She loves lakes, but despises the bridges that run over them.

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