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3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  665 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Jeff Jacobson had never heard of Jeffrey Dahmer, the infamous serial killer who brutally murdered seventeen people more than twenty years ago. But Jeff’s life changes forever when the man he’d thought was his father hands him a government file telling him he was constructed in a laboratory only seven years ago, part of a top-secret government cloning exper ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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** I also now have no respect whatsoever for this author. Guess what, Geoffrey Girard? You just lost MANY readers. But it's okay, guys! Just watch Dora and SVU at the same time--it's practically the same thing as reading Project Cain. Also, it creeps me out that the 'If there were a party of good YA books about serial killers, Project Cain would be the creepy one standing outside the window, wanting to join them' quote was said by me about this book on Twitter, not Goodreads, so I'm not exactly ...more
Jul 11, 2013 Navessa marked it as to-read
Here's the thing. This is apparently another "author behaving badly" and everyone thinks that he should die a fiery death. If anything this seems more like a case of an author using a negative review in a way to send a positive message to other writers.

In no part of his post does he personally attack or name drop and where other people are seeing condescension I'm seeing a statement of fact so I'm still willing to give him a chance. If anything, the fact that his book is allegedly so markedly d
Jennifer McGowan
I was lucky enough to read an early version of Project Cain, and can't get it out of my mind. The core story is about a shy, bookish teen who must battle the monster he discovers hidden within his own DNA... and join forces with a shadowy government operative to stop a group of similarly-afflicted teens who've embarked on a killing spree. Layered in with this action is a haunting exploration of nature vs. nurture and science vs. soul - told with emotion, authenticity and surprisingly touching hu ...more
Geoffrey Girard's debut is two pronged. There's CAIN'S BLOOD, his adult novel, which I definitely want to read. Then there's PROJECT CAIN, the YA novel, covering the same events from a different point of view. They both focus on the hunt for six teenagers, all products of the same scientific experiment.

The Cain duo has a high-concept, ridiculous premise that's quite fun. A government project cloned serial killers to try to create a group of killers they could use. Some boys were treated normally
Paul Lunger
Geoffrey Girard's "Project Cain" is not your typical teen fiction novel nor is it a book I'd recommend for certain teens themselves due to topic. This is the story of 16 year old Jeff Jacobson whose life is thrown upside down when he discovers that he's really only 8 years old & is the product of Project Cain a secret government project that takes DNA from serial killers (in his case Jeffrey Dahmer) & clones them in order to turn them into weapons. When Jeff's father leaves him, he event ...more
If you've known me for a while, you're probably well aware of two things. First, I am a very forgiving and easy to please reader who rarely dislikes a book enough to give it anything less than 3 stars. Second, I love creepy stories, dark and disturbing premises and unsettling plots. That being said, I have never read a book before with such fantastically blood-chilling premise and such poor execution. Project Cain had so much potential that was never realized, it would've surely broken my heart, ...more
Tammy Sparks
In a word: A creepy mystery that will keep you guessing, a main character with a totally unique voice, filled with true (?) facts about serial killers, cloning and government conspiracies, and yes, you might have nightmares…

Ted Bundy. Richard Ramirez. Jeffrey Dahmer. Jack the Ripper. These horrifyingly familiar characters and others like them are all in Project Cain. Sort of. Actually, clones of these and other serial killers are the characters in Girard’s young adult debut, a decidedly creepy s
Dana Gill-Brown
I am a horrible reviewer BUT I do work for a local bookstore and received this book as an ARC. I loved Project Cain and was shocked by it as well. I think that although it will not appeal to some it will appeal to the masses of boys who need books to read. It reminds me of Patterson and I also believe that if you put this book in a boys hand he sure as hell isn't going to run out and rape and kill someone. I think alot of people are put off with the idea of boys/men as being created (down to the ...more
Ashley Chen
Original Review Posted Here:

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing this ARC for review. :)

First off, I want to say that I didn't know that there was this whole author/blogger drama with this book. And my rating towards this book have nothing to do with the drama that went on. I only found out about the drama after I decided on the rating and saw other's ratings and found out.

I was very excited to receive this book from S&S Canada. Who didn't
Iisa Kosonen
I finished this book literally in 3 days.
By reading the cover, you might get the impression of a young-adult themed book. In reality, it's much more.
I feel like this story had some type of deep meaning behind all the characters and settings etc. By reading this book, I've suddenly become aware of all the problems and secrets what the government might be hiding. Even tough all the theories and strategies in this book aren't real, I feel like they could be. Since I'm also interested in history a
Alicia Reid
DNF 43%. I just can’t take it.

What’s bred in the blood will come out in the flesh.

This wasn’t my idea. When my book club sat down to choose its next read, I was rooting for Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. But then from out of the blue, someone brought up Project Cain. The premise sounded awesome. Like, the entire room was a chorus of enthusiasm. But for some reason I had this bad feeling, and I kept insisting on my vote, but no one would listen. I was dubious over whether I was even
Nicole Rhaven
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The idea for this book was simply intriguing.
"Say what? The government takes dead serial killers and make clones? OMG! Where do I sign up to read it?!"

Yeah, but it was dull. WHHHHHYYY take a brilliant idea and waste it!
There was absolutely no dialogue. -_- How do you write a book and not add dialogue?
Did you perhaps forget? Maybe you were busy with other things like fishing or eating pizza?
I don't know and I don't get it.
Jeff is on the run with a man who doesn't like him, the end, basically.
Kate Quinn
This book got into my head. The way that facts (like stuff about Mendel and actual serial killers such as Jeffrey Dahmer) are seamlessly woven into the fiction (like serial killers being cloned by the government. at least I'm pretty sure this part is fiction. cause the govt would never do anything like that, right? right?) had me totally freaked out and wanting to put the book down to do some fact-checking via Google and Wikipedia (cause those sources are always correct, right?), but instead of ...more
May 09, 2013 Gabriela marked it as uhhh-nope

You think I'm gonna read this book??

It is the readers that will make or break your possible success, Mr. Girard.

You just lost a potential reader and my respect for you.
Nov 13, 2013 Thea rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Simply incredible. Perfect for Conspiracy Theorists. You cannot put this down. It's raw and believable and horrifying and so altogether plausible.
Jeff Jacobson thought he was an ordinary kid. That is until his father hands him a file about Jeffrey Dahmer and lets him know he isn't his son and he was created in a lab. He is part of Project Cain and made of Jeffrey Dahmer's DNA. He isn't alone there is many kids made of different serial killers DNA and now they have been turned loose by the man he thought was his father. While some where raised in nice families the other 'projects' were sent to live with families similar to what the origina ...more
T.M. Smith
Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez, Jack the Ripper and Jeffrey Dahmer. Recognize these names? They all make an appearance in Project Cain, in a round about way.

Jeff Jacobson's life is about to be turned upside down. He goes from being a somewhat normal teenager with a stable home life to fatherless and on the run from the men in the suits that want to kill him in a matter of hours. His father shares a secret with him. He is in fact only 8 years old and the clone of the noted serial killer Jeffrey Dahme
Krystl Louwagie
I wanted a little more from this book, but even that is a bit of a good sign. It was good enough that I wanted it to be just a bit more-some of the fact that it was written for young adults limited the content. Dahmer, was, of course, not simply beaten to death with a broom in prison, as most of us know. I wonder what other details were lost on trying to keep it "cleaner". Although at the end of the book it does advertise an adult book through the eyes of another character, which will definitely ...more
David V.
Received as an ARC from the publisher. It also came with the upside-down reverse copy of the companion book Cain's Blood. Started it on 9-10-13. Finished it on 9-13-13. Liked this one. It's for YA but us old folk like it too. Government/military agency clones serial killers and then rears the boys in different environments to test nature vs nurture. Everyone from Ted Bundy to Jeffrey Dahmer; that last one well known in my area. This book is told from the standpoint of one of Dahmer's clones. Int ...more
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Let's start off by reading the description shall we? Sounds amazing right? That was the same thought I had when I first read it. Starting the book however I quickly realized that wouldn't be the case. I had to pretty much force myself to even finish this book despite my love for serial killer related things.

The info-dumping was a huge turn off for me. It was pile upon pile of information just shoved at you and some of it I really didn't think mattered too much,
Jeff Jacobson and his widowed scientist dad live a pretty normal middle-class life... until the evening that his dad shatters his world by telling him that nothing about his life to this point is true. While Jeff has always believed his mother was killed in the same car accident that sent him into a coma and rendered his early memories fuzzy at best, his father tells him that this was a convenient backstory. Jeff isn't actually 16 years old, but is a clone who was developed in a lab 8 years ago ...more
Halston Seabolt
So when I found out that I had won this book from goodreads naturally I was excited. Its definitely something I don't usually read. I read a few reviews on Project Cain before I got it and was a little worried that I wasn't going to like it. I will say that some of them were right about the first part of this book being a information dump. The thing I was most surprised about was even though there was a lot of info it wasn't hard for me to keep reading it. It was definitely an interesting concep ...more
Update: I had to change my rating to 1 star. I thought 2 stars was being too generous. Well maybe not. Fine 1.5 stars... I guess I was expecting a lot more from the book and that's why I'm so critical.

Jeff Jacobson is a sixteen year old living a 'relatively' normal life when he finds out that he is a clone of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. To his surprise he finds out that there are other clones (like him) but of other serial killers around the country.

Sounds like an interesting read right? I t
David Check me out :)

I'm probably going against the masses with this review, but here it goes.

My Thoughts:

(I'm going to say this now instead of later. If your interested in this book, read Cain's Blood instead. Yeah it's adult fiction, but it has the same time line and a better point of view.)

I was so excited to get an ARC of Project Cain and Cain's Blood (the companion novel for adults). I had been looking forward to it for months now and it was finally here. I expected it to be ama
Feb 13, 2013 Jennifer marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Hello Dark & Fabulous!

But really what scientist would want to create clones from famous serial killers DNA?!
Feb 14, 2013 Aimee marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
02/14/13 | This looks so cool.

Feb 09, 2013 Braiden marked it as to-read
This is a book that I kind of KNOW I will enjoy immensely. It sounds right up my alley.
Cervantes Lebron
15 year old Jeff Jacobson has never heard of the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer but comes to a crazy realization that he is a clone of this demented man. Jeff is hit with so much all at once and which is even more devastating to him his father who is a scientist for the place that cloned him just ups and leaves. Jeff not only has to worry about his own suppressed serial killer thoughts he has to help find and stop the other abscond clones from following their serial killer instincts and killing a ...more
This review and others are posted at Inspiring Insomnia.

Let's get one thing out of the way: I know this is a work of fiction. I read (and love) books about zombies, vampires, and other outlandish topics. Project Cain takes a topic that is actually real - cloning - and then makes a giant leap forward. But that leap didn't make a whole lot of sense.

In real life, animals have been cloned, including at least one instance I can remember of a person cloning a beloved pet. It's not too far-fetched to
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Geoffrey Girard writes thrillers, historicals, and dark speculative fiction. Simon and Schuster published two Girard novels simultaneously in 2013: CAIN'S BLOOD, a techno thriller, and PROJECT CAIN, a companion novel for teen/YA readers which was nominated for a Bram Stoker award for "Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel."

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