Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Review: Project Prometheus by Aden Polydoros with Giveaway





PROJECT PROMETHEUS
An Assassin Fall, Book Two
by Aden Polydoros
Entangled Teen
YA Science Fiction
300 pages




The Academy stole everything from Hades, their perfect assassin. Angry and leaving bodies in his wake, he finds two other ex-assassins doing the exact same thing.

Tyler and Shannon once killed for The Academy. Now they’re tracking and hunting down its scientists. So why is The Academy only after Hades?

Shannon will do whatever it takes to protect Tyler, even if it means teaming up with a former rival. While she seeks answers to her past, Tyler wants to learn the truth about the mysterious white room, which no one has ever seen except him.

As for Hades? He simply wants revenge.

They all need answers, even if it means returning to the organization where it all started.


Purchase Links: https://entangledpublishing.com/project-prometheus.html


MY TIDBITS


While the first book was already action packed, this second one in the series succeeds in heightening the tension a notch more. 

After their escape, the kids from the project, where they were trained to be assassins and committed terrible crimes without their knowledge, decide to fight back. Told from alternating points of view, the kids must get behind the real intentions and gain proof against the Academy...before they are stopped.

I enjoyed this book even more than the first. The emotions run high as the characters hunt down the proof they need to let the world know what the Academy did to them. There are layers of intrigue as well as many surprises along the way. And, of course, they are up against clever and very dangerous foes. 

Each chapter is told from a different characters point of view with the character's name at the beginning of the chapter to keep confusion at bay. The switch from one to the other runs very smoothly and offers important insights at just the right time. The reader gets to know each character extremely well, making certain moments of the book hit hard. The feelings are raw and the determination high, which makes it a great read.



PROJECT PANDORA
An Assassin Fall, Book One
by Aden Polydoros
Entangled Teen
YA Science Fiction
372 pags




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... 




MY TIDBITS

Extremely fast-paced, this book hits a bit of scifi, a little bit of romance and tons of action.

Tyler has moved from foster home to foster home all of his life. He doesn't have any friends, but much of this—unknown to him—is thanks to his 'side job' as an assassin. He's unaware of his activities himself until he starts hearing voice and soon learns that he's not the only one involved in this situation.

The book starts out with a bang—a tension packed assassination which sinks its hooks deep and grabs the reader's attention. While this is a great beginning in so many ways, unfortunately the story is too fast. There is so much going on that the action speeds along and leaves, at times, other factors behind such as character development. But action junkies will definitely get their fill.

The story is told from the main four character's points of view and switches between them, Tyler remaining the strongest character. While the change from points of view is well done, other factors make the characters confusing at first. The characters tend to have more than one name, which, being assassins in a secret program, isn't surprising. However, this flip-flop between identities takes a bit to shift into place mentally and left me a little confused during the first part of the book. Add the fact that even numbers are thrown in to identify the characters a time or two, and it took a bit to slip everyone into their correct file. But after this was sorted out, the story was very gripping and intriguing. 

Not only is the idea of a secret organization with assassins, who don't even know what they are doing, extremely interesting, but there's a pinch of science fiction thrown in. Secret experiments and test tube babies add wonderful food for thought.

I can't wait to read book two since to promises to be an exciting read.  





And here he is...

Aden Polydoros grew up in Long Grove, Illinois, and now lives in Arizona. He is a writer of young adult fiction. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys reading and going on hikes in the mountains. Aden Polydoros is a 2015 Gold Medalist in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and has published two short stories in Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2015. PROJECT PANDORA (Entangled, 2017) is his debut novel.

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