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The Stellow Project

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  42 reviews
When a killer storm unexpectedly hits Manhattan, seventeen-year-old Lilah Stellow’s dad insists that she and her younger sister, Flori, take refuge at their cabin in the mountains. But instead of joining them with the experimental drug that keeps Lilah alive, he disappears just as news reports name him as a prime suspect in an act of ecoterrorism.

As days pass without her m
Paperback, 305 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by Skyscape
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Shari I hope not! I'm currently putting together a synopsis for a sequel, so I truly hope that Lilah and Flori's adventure continues.
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Amazon Publishing , Skyscape, and NetGalley.)

“No one listens,” he said. “No one cares. Only a disaster will make them care.”

This book started out pretty good, but I did lose interest a bit as it went on.

I felt quite sorry for Lilah in this, her life was ruled by her illness, and she was obviously really inhibited by it. The fact that she didn’t even know exactly what was wrong with her, or what medica
Donita Luz
"This is a disaster-not a teenage my-hair-is-a-mess disaster, but a hard-core we're-stuck-in-the-mountains-in-the-middle-of-a-tornado disaster"
Well, this was a blast! The characters both MC and the side characters were good, the plot and world building were awesome, There's not too much of a Romance happening too which is very refreshing for a YA read. The Stellow Project kinda reminds me of Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson, with the experiment and evil scientist and all.

Lilah Stellow
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, ya-dystopian, kindle
3.5 stars.

I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.

When weird weather suddenly breaks out across New York and climate change seems to come full force, Lilah is shocked when it appears her dad may have something to do with it. Hidden away in a family cottage with her younger sister and then taken into a top secret research facility, Lilah needs to find out what's going on and how to protect herself and your younger sister, and also
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I received this ARC from Skyscape (Amazon Publish) Via Netgalley in return for an honest review

This. Book. Was. SO. Good!

"Something big is coming. I don't know what it is, but I can feel it in my every breath I take."

Seriously, i read it in a few hours because i couldn't put it down!!

Okay, let's chat about the plot,

Lilah stellow's world is thrown apart during the worst storm she has ever seen.
Afraid and running for safety with her baby sister, Flori, she has no idea what's happe
Erin Arkin
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Stellow Project by Shari Becker was one of those books where I read the blurb and immediately thought I needed to read it. I love a great sci-fi and when you mix in solid characters and an “off the grid” research facility…count me in!

Lilah has never been healthy. Since she was a child she has had problems breathing and now at seventeen, she still isn’t able to be without her medication and seems to do better when she is with her family at their cottage, away from the city. When her father ca
Angie Elle
Thank you to SKYSCAPE and Netgalley for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 stars

Oh, man. I have to say – the idea behind this story is amazing. There are some absolutely appalling things hinted at in this book that could bring a reader to her knees and almost cross over into horror. Unfortunately, they were never explored.

We’re hurled right into the action at the beginning of the book when Lilah, her little sister, and her best friend are all fleeing Manhattan at her fa
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it
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IT WAS SO ENGAGING. And then it got all confusing and just ENDED all of a sudden. None of the questions the book opened were answered.
Honestly, I wouldn't really consider this one book, without its sequel. It was more like half a book that was way too long and got split up into two. There wasn't really a climax, either, since the entire book was so fast-paced.
I REALLY LOVED the way it built up, and the relationship between Flori and Lilah. But I just DIDN'T GET WHY IT ENDED SO FAST. There was
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
The Stellow Project is a story that will keep you on your toes as you try to work out the mystery and secrecy surrounding Lilah, her sister Flori, their parents, the reasons behind Lilah's bad health and her parents past scientific experiments and projects.

After a deadly storm hits Manhattan with no warning, Lilah and Flori make their way to the family's cabin where their Dad is going to meet them, but days go by and their Dad doesn't show up, while watching the news they discover that he's want
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Stellow Project by Shari Becker was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

The Stellow Project novel opens with Lilah and Flori Stellow being driven by Lilah’s best friend Meena, to the family cabin in upstate New York to avoid a dangerous storm heading towards their home in Manhattan. Lilah cannot drive due to problems with her lungs especially affected by the different air conditions preceding storms. The storm quickly escalates into a severe tornado which decimates much of New York C
Victoria Colotta
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This quick moving, action packed, and captivating book will lead you into a Dystopian world filled with family drama, scientific experiments, and more questions than you started out with.

Book Review

Right before a horrific storm hits New York City, Lilah Stellow and her sister Flori are tipped off by their father to get out of the city and to safety. Then he disappears. How did he know what was going to happen? Where did their father go? Will they ever see him again?

As things begin to unravel, the reader st
Mark Gardner
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The description of The Stellow Project made me expect some sort of urban adventure. The story takes place in a small suburb in New York. The writing is good, if a little predictable. I easily saw future plot points and attempts at twists. They were still twisty, and not quite what I expected, but the broad strokes were there.

The teen romance was full of angst, but that was to be expected for a YA story. Since the story begins with the escape from the tornado, you would think it would be full of
Patricia Gauch
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any one who loves a great mystery-love story mix
Recommended to Patricia by: an agent
The Stellow Project is one of those YA stories I wait for. I feel as if I have muttered the question "What if a tornado hits Manhattan" forever? Well it does in this book. It begins with seventeen year old Lilah and her best friend Meena and her little sister Flori trying to escape the city and outrun the scary Weather to Lilah's family cabin in the Adirondacks. In a way, though, this just sets the scene for all the unexpected happenings that come one after another in the next pages: the mysteri ...more
Kristin Lenz
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I was thrilled to receive an ARC of this YA novel which blends mystery, adventure, romance, and science-fiction. I’m not usually drawn to sci-fi, but this is a very accessible story, grounded in the modern reality of climate change with relationships and resilience at its core. I’d compare it to the Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson, who is another YA author writing in multiple genres.

The Stellow Project drew me in with it’s many questions, and it sped along as the danger grew. I don't
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
**ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

When I first stumbled upon this book, I skimmed the description. It was late at night, and it sounded interesting- a killer storm hitting a heavily populated area targeted for YA. I love books that involve natural disasters, and survival for young adults (when romance is included, it makes it even better). I had no idea that this book would be so much more than crazy weather (that is included, BTW), but it is. This book is about fam
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am something of a YA/ dystopian/sci fi fanatic and was thrilled to receive an ARC from NetGalley of The Stellow Project. The story starts off mid-crisis (fleeing a tornado) and from the first sentence of Chapter 1, I was immediately drawn into Lilah and Flori's adventure. The Stellow Project is full of twists, turns and an ever-building suspense that kept me eagerly reading to the conclusion (even when I should have been working, caring for my children or even sleeping). In addition to being a ...more
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
The heart-pounding first chapter opens with Lilah, her little sister, Flori, and best friend Meena caught in a fierce, killer storm as they make their way from New York City to the family cabin in the Adirondacks. Only later do they learn that the city was hit by massive tornado – a tornado that her father, a research scientist, may be responsible for. Seems impossible, but the world is in the grips of full blown global warming. And the weather, it turns out, may be only the start of their troub ...more
Karen F
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this YA novel to be a fresh spin on sci-fi adventure books that are currently on the market. The book takes place in NYC and New York, possibly in the present time. The reader feel as though the storm that takes place at the outset of the book could potentially become a reality one day if global warming continues as it does. From the setting to the main character, Lilah,YA readers can relate to the book on many levels. Lilah starts out unsure of herself and is a worrier. As the book prog ...more
J. Mann
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Racing from a devastating storm hitting Manhattan, Lilah Stellow and her little sister, Flori, flee to their family’s cabin in the mountains where they wait for their father to join them. Lilah is sick and needs her medicine. Her lungs can’t take the extreme weather. But instead of showing up, their father is accused of causing the storm (ecoterrorism) and has disappeared. Lilah is left to care for herself and her little sister without her lifesaving medication. But when Lilah discovers that the ...more
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING! This book was written really well so throughout the entire book everything that happened was interesting, exiting and left you wanting to read more. Most of the time when you though you had figured something out, a new twist was introduced causing you to rethink everything and look at all that had happened in a whole new way. Because of this, for me, the book was very suspenseful so I finished it really quickly. It was such a great book to read and is now one of my favorit ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Real Page-Turner! The Stellow Project drew me in from the first page! I was kept in suspense by the secrecy and strange events surrounding Lilah, her sister Flori, her parents, and the strange facility the girls find themselves in. I loved the plot and the characters, and I didn't have any problems with the ending, which was really about character growth. Yes, there were unanswered questions, but given the author's comments on this page, I'm hoping there will a sequel. Can't wait!
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am really surprised this book doesn't have better reviews -- I loved it! The writing was exceptional for a Young Adult book, and the plot was well-crafted and engrossing.

I do agree that the book ended a little abruptly. Obviously this is meant to be part of a series, along the lines of The Hunger Games and Divergent. In my mind, this book is up there with those two in terms of readability and quality.

I will be passing this book to my 13-year old and she will also love it!
Charlotte Elise
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was okay; it needs some work. First of all, it's a great idea, but it was executed very poorly. It was repetitive, there wasn't a lot of action, and there were many things not resolved- which is unusual for a standalone book. I definitely had higher expectations for this book, and those expectations were not met.
Marie -The Reading Otter
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
3... 4... 4.5 stars

I received this book from NetGalley for review

I don't know how to rate this book. It was really, really weird. But it was also kind of amazing.

(Full review on Blog)
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a goodreads gieaway.

This book started off a bit slow, but it picked right up and became an interesting a fun read. The characters were interesting and well-drawn, and the romance was not overdone and felt sincere. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to the sequel. I recommend this to fans of the Maze Runner and the Hunger Games.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderfully rich history -- listened on audible, and found the story compelling and the writing (and narration) rich and engaging.
Emma (EnglishBlonde)
Review coming soon.
E Gauch
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a great book! I loved that it was about climate change and people who could possibly survive a changed world.
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very good. Can't wait for the next installment!
Nicole Wagner
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I ate this story up with a spoon! I tore through this within a couple of days, and I was aching for answers.

I love YA sci-fi more than almost any other genre. The thing is, readers are quite smart. The science has got to be spot-on or at least believable, and the characters have to be sympathetic (including the adults, although they aren't the main characters).

In this story, so many loose threads were left unaddressed at the end, that I cannot give this book five stars -- although I was sucked
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I'm really wanting to read the next book to find out what happens with everybody.
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Shari Becker was born in Montreal, Quebec, and was raised speaking both English and French. As a child, she spent her summers in the Adirondack Mountains catching fireflies, minnows, and toads. She has an MA from New York University and has worked for Nickelodeon, for Disney-owned companies, and even for an Emmy Award–winning puppeteer. She is the author of two picture books, including Maxwell’s M ...more