"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.
"This is a beautifully-written, compelling book about the lengths to which someone will go in order not to lose their sense of belonging. It’s full of twists and turns, keeping its readers guessing until the very end. The characterization is masterfully done and so empathetic that the reader will find it almost impossible not to sympathize with the characters even if they are seemingly going down the wrong path. It’s a tour de force, unflinchingly posing uncomfortable questions and forcing its readers to dig deep into themselves in order to find the answers."—The Nerd Daily
"In this compelling and absorbing YA novel, two sisters make the most painful of choices based on their love for one another."—Shelf Awareness
"A must-read for anyone who wonders how people fall victim to cults, this novel is likewise a sure hit for anyone who prizes tautly crafted, emotionally driven suspense."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's 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, The New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood Series
"Masterful and devastating. The Project welcomes you into its world with the warmth of a minister and peels back the psychology of its characters—joiners and questioners alike—with a precision only Courtney Summers is capable of. Trust me: there is no flaw in The Project."—Somaiya Daud, international bestselling author of Mirage and Court of Lions
"Courtney Summers has done it again: Broke my heart and pieced it back together in unexpected ways. The Project is a beautiful, thrilling testament to love. It takes a compelling deep dive into what makes people want to belong and you'll leave it gasping for air. This book is a baptism for your soul."—Maurene Goo, author of Somewhere Only We Know and The Way You Make Me Feel
"Completely electrifying from start to finish—I can't think of another writer who takes the risks Courtney Summers does and sticks the landing every single time."—Kara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders and The Darkest Corners
"Courtney Summers has, once again, written a devastatingly perfect novel. The Project will charm you, thrill you, and ultimately gut you, all while challenging every preconceived notion you had about cults and our relationship with them."—Kaitlin Ward, author of Girl in a Bad Place and Lie to Me
"The beauty of the story lies in its focus on the downtrodden, the vulnerable, and the earnest, expressed with an enormous amount of empathy. A powerful, suspenseful, and heartbreaking thriller about identity, sisterhood, and belonging."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"[A] deeply disconcerting investigative thriller that seems unassuming but worms under the skin and into the mind . . . Winding questions of faith and sacrifice into an already fibrous plot, Summers presents a rich offering that lingers even as it shocks."—Booklist (starred review)
"Masterfully written and pulling no punches . . . Summers creates and sustains almost unbearable tension, exploring sacrifice, loss, forgiveness, miracles, surrender, grief, and lies. Readers will question the truth and everyone’s motivations in this world full of manipulation and mind games. A gripping, flawless psychological thriller ready to leave readers shattered."—School Library Journal (starred review)
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