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The Icarus Project

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  115 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
More than anything, Maya wants to discover something incredible. Her parents are scientists: Her mother spends most of her time in tropical rainforests, uncovering ancient artifacts, and her dad is obsessed with digging up mammoths. When her father gets invited by an eccentric billionaire to lead a team investigating a mammoth’s remains in the Arctic, Maya begs to come alo ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Harry N. Abrams (first published January 1st 2012)
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I really liked how this started out, despite a couple of really stupid lines (like saying that the lesson of Jurassic Park is that dinosaurs are extinct for a reason--whaaaat? I'm pretty sure that's wrong). I liked the main character, Maya, and thought her family dynamic was really interesting, and I was totally intrigued by the mammoth angle.

But it felt like then things got a little out of control. There's a big deal made about how Maya has white hair and it's sooooo weird and everybody stares
Feb 08, 2013 marked it as dnf
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I did not finish reading The Icarus Project, I read about halfway before giving up. I am a sucker for a nice cover and I immediately wanted to read The Icarus Project when I saw the cover. Despite the fact that I was so excited to read The Icarus Project, I struggled to get through chapters.

The Icarus Project is targeted at young children and I am not really part of the targeted audience the author was writing for. I feel like reading The Icarus Project was like watchin
Josh Newhouse
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Despite a slow start evolved into a very interesting read. lost a star for the stereotyped adult and ethnicities... I don't want to spoil the book but it was very different to what I expected at first...
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Icarus Project a is about a girl called Maya. Maya's parents are devorced and Maya lives with her dad who is a mammoth expert. Maya's mom is an archeologist who digs up ancient civilizations in the jungle. Maya's dad is having problems finding work because there are not many mammoths that were being studied at the time and money is running low. Then a mammoth tusk is found sticking out of the ground by a rich billionaire in the Arctic. The billionaire then invites a whole team of top class s ...more
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Nose in a Book.

It’s that time of year again! You know, late September, you’ve read 70+ books and now you can’t even look at a book without feeling stressed and nauseous? Or is that just me? To cleanse my palate of angsty supernatural YA, I’ve been immersing myself in… supernatural middle-grade. All the fun and adventure without the romance! Perfect! (I’ve also been reading the Ruby Oliver novels, which are so silly and have almost no plot.) This one really doesn’t disappo
Pop Bop
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Exceptionally Well Written

Between the blurbs and the other reviews you can get a pretty good idea of this book's plot, including some serious spoilers. I guess the most important plot point to get across is that Maya, the daughter of noted scientist/adventurers, and Kyle, (ditto), get involved with a stunning arctic discovery, and the book transitions around the halfway point from a science/adventure story to more of a magical/fantasy tale. Both ends work, so even though the effect is a touch ja
Brandy Painter
Originally posted at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

I came across The Icarus Project by Laura Quimby on NetGalley and was instantly intrigued. It sounded like exactly the sort of book I would enjoy. And enjoy it I did.

Maya is a great main character. She knows she wants to study science but is unsure of the field she wants to go into. Should she follow in her mother's footsteps? Her father's? Pave her own road? Going on an expedition to the Arctic to dig up a mammoth has never been high on her l
I really enjoyed reading this :D Maya accompanies her father to a dig site in the Arctic Circle, where a woolly mammoth has been found... only it turns out to be a hoax - the tusk is made of plaster, and was planted there by billionaire Randal so that he could get a team of credible scientists to help him out with, well, something which they otherwise might not have believed in.

And that leads them to 'Charlie', a boy frozen in the ice... who has wings. And who causes a lot of people to have weir
Thirteen-year-old Maya, the daughter of two scientists, isn't sure what she wants to be when she grows up, but she certainly has a strong interest in science. While her mother Skypes from her expeditions in South America, Maya and her father head off on an unexpected trip to the Arctic where her father has been hired by a wealthy investor to assist in uncovering mammoth bones. But there are plenty of surprises once they reach the dig, and the trip turns out to be a scam but with revelations that ...more
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Justin Watson
Dear Ms.Dudding

I am reading The Icarus Project written by Laura Quimby this book was great. In my other Letter I had asked some questions about whether this book was about Icarus? While reading I have learned that the book is about Icarus indeed!!! This story is one of my favorite greek mythology stories. So they had freed him from the ice, the interesting part was he was still alive over all those years, In the story they say that he had actual wings that grew out of his back whi
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley, and Abrams Books for my copy of The Icarus Project, by Laura Quimby.

I admittedly love to read middle grade fiction. I often do it under the guise that I am "checking it out" for my daughters... and in a way I am, but really I just relish creative thinkers. I love a book that is full of imaginative fun. And Icarus Project most certainly is.
I was not sure what I was signing up for when I started reading this book, but very soon, I grew quite fond of Maya, and her quirky se
Oct 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Booklist review:

When her paleontologist father is contracted to examine a supposed mammoth find, an expedition to the Canadian Arctic becomes the adventure of a lifetime for 13-year-old Maya. The last thing most of the team expects to discover is a winged humanoid form preserved in the ice. Is it an angel? A missing link? An alien? The mystery of what the creature is soon becomes secondary to Maya and Kyle, the son of one of the other scientists, when they discover that the humanoid, or “Charlie
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
This book was a bit slow going to start with, but once I got into it, I enjoyed it. This book is actually aimed at younger readers, I would say between 10 and 12, so I was quite surprised to find it entertained me as well. There were a few too many characters for my liking and at times I found it hard to keep up with who was who, but I really liked Maya’s character. I don’t want to say too much about the story so I don’t give anything away, but there is quite a bit of mystery going on which was ...more
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: q
Actual rating: 2.5 stars. I would have liked this book a lot better had the cover and title not spoiled a major plot point. For me, there wasn't any mystery because of it. The main character's voice seems much younger than 13 and there was a lot of background information that, had it been included, would have made the story much better. I also felt that as a book very heavily involved with the scientific process, the scientists believe in "Charlie" way too quickly. There was one other thing that ...more
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: may-15, june-15
13-year-old Maya Parson, whose anthropologist mother is often away on another continent doing fieldwork, finally gets to accompany her woolly-mammoth–expert dad on a foray into the icy wilderness. She soon discovers there are backroom politics to the project. Including designs of a billionaire resident. His film-making nephew is doing something suspicious with these Scientists from Russia and Japan. An unexpected discovery is made, Maya try's to prevent the Russian scientists from finding the di ...more
Jeff Raymond
Considering I read this over a year ago and forgot to review it, it's surprising how well this generally stuck in my head. A girl heads to the Arctic with her paleontologist father to look at mammoth remains, but it turns out there's something more up there - what appears to be an angel.

The story is familiar to those who know angel stories like this, perhaps most notably "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings." It doesn't go into "Surprise Jesus" territory like some books do, it plays it surprising
Fletcher B
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
The Icarus Project is a book by Laura Quimby it was an ok book. It is about a girl whose parents are explorers her mom is always out and her dad is struggling to get a research grant. Her dad finally gets a grant to travel to the arctic to help study and excavate mammoth remains in the ice. She was originally going to stay at a friends house while her father was away. but she pleaded to her father to bring her so he accepted and brought her with him.

In the arctic research facility the story g
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, exciting read. The main character, Maya, and her friend, Kyle, are both unlikely underdog heroes, and I liked how they were shown to posses confidence regardless of how others perceived them. Setting the story in the Arctic was unique and made the tale fun to escape into. The plot had several big twists, and while they weren't all easy to believe or understand, you were kept on the edge of your seat. Some scenes genuinely spooked me, and I'm an adult! My one big complaint is that ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
4 yummy oatmeal creme filled sandwiches.

Cover Love:
YES! When I first looked at this I didn't look closely. Once I got started reading it I looked closer and saw many hints to the story there. I love the cover!

Why I Wanted to Read This:
The synopsis caught my interest and I felt it would be a good middle grade book for my readers.

Read the rest of my review here.
Stacy Mozer
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When Maya's dad is given the opportunity of a life time, to be part of a team uncovering a mammoth in the Arctic, she begs to go with him. She doesn't know that protecting the find will put her father's life and her life in danger. This middle grade fantasy-adventure-mystery is a Dan Brown book for kids. You're never quite sure who to trust and there are lots of twists and turns. I look forward to seeing it on the shelves and passing it to middle grade readers.
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
With two parents as field scientists, Maya has grown up with a world of discoveries, grants, and facts. When her father receives an opportunity to examine a wooly mammoth, Maya begs to go along for her first expedition. What they find are many layers of buried truths. An enjoyable mystery with a touch of the supernatural.
Laura Phelps
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: possiblemsba2012
Maya’s dream of going on a scientific expedition with her dad comes true when they head to the frozen north of Canada to investigate the possible discovery of a mammoth. What they find instead, though, is even more amazing - a frozen, winged creature that looks an awful lot like a fallen angel. Full of intrigue, twists and turns, science and psychology, this one kept me turning the pages!
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Nancy Packard
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The cover intrigued me from the beginning. As the plot unfolds, the cover art gives away the story line. Maya was a good character who was intrigued naturally with the field of science. Should she follow her mom's career path or her dad's or should she strike out on her own. She gets a good feeling at the end as to where her path will take her.
Ashlee Cornett
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-2017
Started out super cute but the ending got a bit muddled for me. Kind almost wish they had actually taken Charlie or had the chance to visit others like him. I don't know if just kind of left me feeling like it was missing something.
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. A really intriguing premise, with a strong beginning. The writing is not always great. For example, the main antagonist introduces himself by stating that he is always victorious, no matter what. Even the person he says this to thinks it's weird.
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Luke Fogarty
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I liked the book because it was a good story told by maya. One adventure that goes thro the book keeps you guessing. There were lots of exciting twists like the boy escaping the ice. I knew that because my brother told me but there were lots of other surprises in it!
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is PERFECT! But I really hoped Charlie's home has been explained more. But anyways. Oes this thing have a sequel, or something?
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