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The Project

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  602 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
Brian Falkner delivers in this sci-fi thriller with a Da Vinci Code twist!

It begins with a book.

The most boring book in the world. A book so boring no one could ever read it—the perfect place to hide a dangerous secret.

When best friends Luke and Tommy volunteer to help move books from their library's basement to higher ground during a quick-rising flood, they discover the
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Ember (first published January 1st 2010)
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Nick Thomas
Oct 02, 2012 Nick Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a well written book, A lot of foreseeable plot twists but a fun read in free time. I personally didn't like that other than the two main characters there was not enough backround information on some of the important side characters. My recommendation for people to read this would be if you're going to be on a long road trip, or an airplane flight. The reason for this is that the book is a good book to sit down and read the whole thing through, because there is no good places t ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Raina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, didn-t-finish
I've been feeling guilty for not giving books their fair shake lately. So, for this one, I tried to follow the Nancy Pearl rule about quitting on books. Which I misremembered*.

Anyway, suffice it to say that I read 70 pages of this book. I had high hopes. Falkner's previous titles (especially Brain Jack) have been recommended to me, and I was looking for more "cool," actiony, boy books with good covers for my January Middle School booktalks.
The beginning of this book is hooky beyond belief. An
Khalid Halabi
In “The Project” a boy and his friend feel that the book they were assigned was the most boring book in the world. They refused to write the report and the vice principal of the school makes a deal with the boys. If the boys can find one list with the book as one of the most boring books, they do not have to write the report. They boys cannot find the book on the list, but see that many people have “Leonardo’s River” as the most boring book. They also find that a man has offered 2 million dollar ...more
Feb 13, 2017 Ezekiel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book "The Project" by Brian Falkner was honestly one of the best science fiction book I've read in an while. It was filled with action and and told a good story about history. Two kids break into an abandoned library and find the "Virtruvian Man"made by Leonardo da Vinci they were looking for. Not many people knew about it besides the Luke, Tommy, and a new foe they made named Mueller. Little did they know, Mueller was looking for the same book as well. To know what happened after, you have ...more
Amy Lignor
Sep 29, 2011 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if a powerful secret was hidden in the pages of the 'most boring book ever written?' That is exactly what this author has created in one of the most amazing books to hit the YA market in a long time.

Luke and Tommy are young boys who live in Iowa. A completely boring world, where the only interesting things they have to do are the pranks they play on others. Luke is from New Zealand, ending up in Iowa because of a job his father had to take in order to pay the bills. He is very smart. In fa
Aug 02, 2013 Ameya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love books about books
I love books about books – secret books, coded books, historical books, books no longer in print, even the most boring book in the world, which is the subject of this story.

Brian Falkner has created and crafted an inventive story around Nazi Germany that one could not see coming from the first few chapters depicting the fairly mundane lives of 2 teenage boys living in Iowa. It seems that the critics and the public love stories that remind the reader of history and particu
Jan 17, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was certainly interesting. Brian Falkner definitely has a unique writing style. It didn't draw me in as much as Brain Jack did, but it was enough to keep me reading. The main characters, two teenage boys, were funny and realistic. I love that. I especially love the prank the boys pulled that started out the whole misadventure. And then there was something about proving what the most boring book in the world was. That was rather amusing.

Something that I found rather interesting was tha
Feb 23, 2014 Ikram rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The project is a fiction novel by Brian Falkner. The project is about two friends, Luke and Tommy, who stumble upon a book, known as “the most boring book in the world”, at first they steal with intentions to retrieve the prize money as it is the only copy left, but later realize the secrets the book has kept for all these years. I enjoyed reading this book because the plot line had mystery and suspense and it also put an interesting twist to world war two history. I also enjoyed how the book wa ...more
The Project is a really great book. I started reading it and absolutely loved reading it. The action was at a reasonable pace so I wanted to keep reading but didn't feel like things were rushing or taking too long.

I have to be honest that before I read the book I thought German Bad Guys + Leonardo Da Vinci makes a cliche book but actually no, I thought the Project was quite original in its ideas and the big secret of Da Vinci's was actually pretty cool.

The characters were really cool too. They a
Mark Buxton
Feb 25, 2016 Mark Buxton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tommy and Luke are mischievous high school students who are caught vandalizing a statue of the town's founding father using a toilet seat, toilet paper, duct tape, and a copy of The Last of the Mohicans. While trying to prove to the principal that the novel is the most boring book ever written, Luke discovers an article about Leonardo's River, a book written about Leonardo da Vinci that may be the most boring book in history. It turns out the book is located in the town's library and may be wort ...more
Tyler H
Oct 26, 2015 Tyler H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was a very good book. It was very well written and I could understand what the author was saying throughout the book. One reason I liked this book was because of the story line.
This book starts out with two middle school boys who got into trouble all the time. In the beginning the two buys tepee a statue that has history to their town. But these boys were good at heart. So even though they got in trouble they still helped out the community. Luke and Tommy, the two boys wer
Oct 17, 2011 P.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tommy and Luke get into trouble at school by pranking a statue of the town's hero. They are in further trouble by showing disrespect for "The Last of the Mohicans." The vice-principal offers them an out if they can prove the novel is the most boring book as both boys have testified. While researching boring books, they find a reference to "Leonardo's River". When a flood hits the town, lo and behold, this boring and million-dollar-valuable book turns up in the about-to-be-flooded library. After ...more
Greg S.
Jan 04, 2012 Greg S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read "The Project" by Brain Falkner, and I really enjoyed. The book starts off a little slow, but after it begins to pick up, it gets really good. I really enjoyed the way Falkner described the action sequences in the book. All the action scenes seemed like they were something something you'd actually see in a movie, and I found myself having an easy time drawing these scenes in my head. The story was also so rich with detail and easy to get into it was so thickly drawn out that I had no probl ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Trimble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It all starts with a boring book. Two teenage boys are in trouble for a prank they pulled which included said boring book in the spotlight. This book they were assigned to read in school isn't the only boring book in this story though, and what begins as a school project as penance for their prank turns out to be a key to something deadly, in more ways than one.

Initially The Project was just okay. The subject was not super exciting, but it was alright. Then you discover it was all just to set th
michelle pham
Nov 08, 2015 michelle pham rated it liked it
Shelves: bob
The book itself wasn't that bad.
Okay, yeah it was a bit juvenile and quite frustrating to read.
The plot didn't build up that much, and although there were a few surprises and twists, it was quite predictable otherwise.
In fact, I'm currently trying to decide whether the ending was "HELLA GOOOOOD" or "eh, predictable."
The characters just had it too easy. It wasn't straight up. Brian Falkner, keep it real, man!
It took me a while to complete the book bc of the annoying plot.
There were a few de
So. It turns out that the book about the most boring book in the world is NOT the most boring book in the world (though it certainly seemed like it at the beginning). But still, it’s not the best book i’ve ever read. Basically, the book is about two boys who find the most boring book in the world hidden in their library, and their subsequent adventures as they try to keep it out of the hands of the bad guys who would use the secrets hidden within to help bring the Nazis into power (btw, its set ...more
Madison Payton
Brian Falkner is creative and inventive in this fair attempt to combine the elements of fast paced "The DaVinci Code" and Nazi Germany. The characters are not well developed, specifically Luke and Tom, or Tom/Luke. I found myself going back to see if I could better distinguish the two characters while reading, wasn't really possible and I don't think Falkner really cares. His main focus was on the plot which was very fast paced and hard to put down at times. The major issue I had was believing t ...more
Jun 13, 2013 Kelli-ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I liked the concept of connecting Leonardo da Vinci'a work with WWII and the modern day. The story was fine for a young adult novel. The boys had personality and their adventure was interesting. The conflict with the villain was too simple. There really was no apprehension. The boys always seemed just out of reach and it made for a predictable ending.

I did love the writing. Falkner uses such vivid images to describe the world around the boys. For example,

"The mountains around them were dancing,
**i read an ARC of this**
two teenage boys (one has a photographic memory! the other speaks german!) are on a quest to prove that "the last of the mohicans" is the most boring book in the world when they discover an extremely rare book in the basement of a library. the next thing they know, they're involved in a plot to travel back in time and change the outcome of WWII.

i've heard a lot of really great things about brian falkner, and the premise of the book is interesting, but overall- wasn't fo
Elle E
Mar 05, 2014 Elle E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Surprisingly good. I thought it was just going to overplay the whole 'genius' kid thing but it turned out to be quite amazing. It was a nice touch that the main character is treated as a side kick in his own story but I guess that's why I like it. One of the things I love about the whole 'sidekick' thing is that his not jealous of him or planning to take his ego down. They were just two friends with different personalities that complemented one another. This book was stressing me out in the midd

Nov 24, 2016 Madalin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
So I waited too long to write this review and I cannot remember everything I loved about this book, but know that I really did like this. This book has crazy plot twists and the story grew into something so unexpected that I really can't say what it's even about. I would recommend going into this without knowing anything because I didn't quite understand what was supposed to happen, but yet it turned into something really amazing. The two main characters are the sweetest little boys and I want t ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Duncan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of my favorites because the topic of time travel is very mysterious and strange and just begs more questions. For instance, why is the book in the story so important. What is strange about The Project is it starts out being about Ohio and ends being about Nazi Germany and time travel. This book is a little short also and a little strange. My takeaway is don't pretend to be what you are not it may land you in hot water. This book is about two kids who steal a library book that ho ...more
Oct 05, 2012 Zach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quarter-1
The Project, by Brian Falkner, is a great book. It is about two boys who are very adventurous and into spying. They are helping move books in the library because of flooding. Then one of the boys saw a book that they read about being the most boring book in the world. It was worth two million dollars. In this exciting book you can see weather they can get the book, and eventually even save the world. I would recommend the book to people interested in science fiction and people who like a good bo ...more
Anne Barwell
Jan 21, 2011 Anne Barwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This is the second book by this local author I've read and it didn't disappoint. It's a YA novel and reads more towards the junior end of that spectrum but that doesn't prevent it from being a good fast read, with an interesting plot.

I always get a kick too when a Kiwi kid is instrumental in saving the day and all the references to local culture etc.

It's one I'd recommend to 10-12+ (and adults).
Lucas and Tom, two curios kids, are assigned to go and find "The most boring book in the world". But they were stopped by a library by Muller, a Neo-Nazi, who was saying that the book had the power to travel back in time. So they were taken to a German facility so they couldn't tell anybody that Muller was planning on going back in time to make Hitler win the war. Then Lucas and Tom use the book to follow him back in time to try and stop hitler.
Mar 05, 2011 Melissainau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
YA novel aimed firmly at boys. Thrilling action, amazing feats, really REALLY bad guys ... This will be popular. For me, some of the characters seemed a bit two-dimensional and at least one key encounter wasn't ever explained, but those are minor quibbles. My passionate reader will enjoy this book but so will reluctant readers. I didn't think it came close to the standard of the excellent The Tomorrow Code, though.
Quinn Galindo
Dec 10, 2014 Quinn Galindo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Project by Brain Frankler is a great novel. THe book is about thes kids who go voulenteer for a libary they have to move rare books up from the basment because there is going to be a storm. If they did'nt move the book then the basment would flood leaving the books all soggy and weat. but as they are digging they find a rare book... I rated this a five because It was a interesting book. It was not scary or funny but it was interesting. I would reccomend this book to everbody.
Oct 14, 2011 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second book by this Kiwi - and am very impressed with how good he is at YA fiction. It didn't hurt that this was partially set in Iowa City, about 30 miles south of where I am. Adventure, time travel, history and gadgets - what more could you ask for. This book about the "the most boring book" is anything but.
Sep 05, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well of course I wanted this to be another "Brain Jack" since I LOVED that book SO much but it was almost as exciting and very different! I was afraid it was going to be a mini "Davinci Code" but it wasn't and I really liked the way Mr. Falkner explained how Mr. Davinci could have possibly been so ahead of his time with his drawings and inventions! VERY quick and exciting read...!
Val Rich
Feb 15, 2014 Val Rich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a slightly slow start, this book took off and held my attention all the way to the end. This is an exciting adventure that leads 2 boys on a frantic quest from here and now to 1944 to save the world from mass destruction. I will be recommending this one widely to middle school boys particularly!
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