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Publisher's Summary

From Courtney Summers, the New York Times best-selling author of the 2019 Edgar Award Winner and breakout hit, Sadie, comes a sensational follow-up - another pulls-no-punches thriller about an aspiring young journalist determined to save her sister from a cult. 

"The Unity Project saved my life."

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.

"The Unity Project murdered my son."

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 charismatic and mysterious leader, Lev Warren, he proposes a deal: If she can prove the worst of her suspicions about The Unity Project, she may expose them. If she can't, she must finally leave them alone.

But as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members, and spends more time with Lev, 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.

Welcome to The Unity Project.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Wednesday Books  

"This book is brave and raw and exciting and wise - wise about girls and women, weakness and strength, and the bittersweet beauty of being human." (Melissa Albert, New York Times best-selling author of the Hazel Wood series) 

"[A] deeply disconcerting investigative thriller that seems unassuming but worms under the skin and into the mind." (Booklist, starred review)

"A powerful, suspenseful, and heartbreaking thriller about identity, sisterhood, and belonging." (Kirkus, starred review) 

©2021 Courtney Summers (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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  • DJA
  • 2021-02-07

Not worth the hype

Admittedly, I didn’t love Sadie, but I thought it was a great first effort. However, this sophomore attempt isn’t an improvement. In fact, it feels like Sadie II and not in a good way. The characters are underdeveloped, and I found I just didn’t care about them. The cult plot has maybe been overdone in the past few years, and it feels stale here. Save your credit!

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  • kstina5
  • 2021-02-26

Fascinating but Unsatisfying

The idea of following a person as they are manipulated into joining a cult is interesting, but too much is left out for the story to be satisfying. The narrator for Lo sounded nothing like a 19-year-old, and the character of Bea could be replaced with a locked door. So many choices made by Lo were obviously awful, but everything I’ve mentioned so far was better than the ending. It’s like they deleted the climactic scene and then jumped into something schmaltzy that had literally zero impact on the story. I wanted more, but not more of the same.

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  • Ashiina
  • 2021-02-20

The Project

I listened to the audiobook for this one and immediately purchased a physical copy when I was done. From the beginning, I couldn’t stop and get this book out of my mind; I had to finish it. Summers is a favorite author of mine because she knows exactly how to lure me in and keep me coming back for every punch her books throw. The Project is a roller-coaster that follows a young woman, Lo, in search for her sister, Bea, that joined a religious group. It is written in parallel timelines from the viewpoints of both sisters as they experience The Unity Project. This story really demonstrates to me how the influence of a single strong personality can warp someone’s entire viewpoint on life.

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  • Monique
  • 2021-02-14

Good I guess

Went into this with an open mind. I liked it but probably won’t read it again. They could’ve picked a better narrator for Lo, she sounded too radio talk show host if you get what I mean. Idk the voice just didn’t work for me. Didn’t like the ending, the time jumps were hard to keep up with at times.