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Project Pandora

(Assassin Fall #1)

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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced from home to home, he’s learned that lesson the hard way. Cue world’s tiniest violin. But when strange things start happening—waking up with bloody knuckles and no memory of the night before or the burner phone he can’t let out of his sight— Tyler starts to wonder if he can even trust himself.

Even stranger, the
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Paperback, 372 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Entangled: Teen
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Aden Polydoros I wouldn't call it dystopian, although it has some stylistic elements of a dystopia and would appeal to fans of dystopian fiction. It's more of a…moreI wouldn't call it dystopian, although it has some stylistic elements of a dystopia and would appeal to fans of dystopian fiction. It's more of a contemporary thriller/Sci-Fi. (less)

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Helen 2.0
He was powerful.
He was
evolving, and each kill took him one step closer to being.
"I am Hell," he said and took the night's silence as confirmation. "I am Hell, and she is mine."
I had so much fun reading this book! Throw together some eugenics, some teenage angst and a few involuntarily murderous spy kids and you've got Project Pandora. I'd recommend this one to anyone who likes conspiracy theories and villains with whom you can sympathize.


The book follows three teenagers in the DC area who
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Carrie
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Tyler Bennett has spent most of his life going from one foster home to the next without having anyone in his life that he can trust so he's mostly a loner. Tyler has been unaware though that there is something about himself that even he doesn't realize, he's a member of Project Pandora and is being controlled and used as an assassin with no memory of the events until now.

As Tyler begins regaining memories and control from the voice giving him order he realizes that he's not the only one being
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Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
3 Stars

This story starts in high-gear and doesn’t slow down once. Focusing on Tyler and several other teens, the group starts to realize they are connected not only to each other but something much bigger. (Read: The word assassin is in the title.)

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I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review, thank you Entangled Teen for the opportunity!

I’m a sucker for a good assassin story anyway, but I was really excited for this one because the cover resembles my favorite murderchild Natasha
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Ishmeen
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
4 phenomenal stars for this book!!!!

First of all, I wanted to thank the publishers for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! I truly ended up liking it way more than I was expecting and it was definitely a binge read for me.

The storyline intrigued me straight from the first chapter, although the character that really deserves every. single. mindblowing. star. is Hades - He was hands down my favourite character in this story and I lived for his POV chapters. His
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I liked this book. I decided to read this book because I really liked the premise of the story. While there were parts of the book that were really exciting, this was never a book that was hard for me to put down. I did want to see how everything would work out but I just didn't feel a rush to get there. In the end I thought that it was a pretty good story.

There were some things that I really liked about this book. I thought that the
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Maria (Big City Bookworm)


*Disclaimer: An ARC of Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros was provided to me by Entangled Teen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

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Initial Post Reading Thoughts:

Well that was definitely intriguing! I'm not sure I've ever read a story like that before. I really enjoyed the multiple POVs that were used in this story, especially once we discover how all of these characters are connected. The story was a tad slow paced
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lacy
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I received this copy by the kindness of those at Entangled Publishing. Be assured that the following opinions are all my own and that even though this book was given to me, it doesn't affect my thoughts about how I felt about this book at all.

This book has me sold on anything related to mind control/behavior conditioning. Even though I am an avid supporter of behavior modification, I would never push it to the extreme that was done in this book. But now I am fascinated and want to
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Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
What an intense story with interesting characters! I'm one of those people who doesn't often watch action movies as I find that they often are more surface level than my preferred dramas, showing the action sequences instead of developing characters in interesting ways. With Project Pandora, though it is a very action-packed story, the action isn't at the expense of interesting characters with well-developed back stories, interesting internal thoughts, and development over the course of the ...more
Sherwood Smith
Aug 16, 2017 added it
Shelves: thriller, sf
Switching between four points of view, we are introduced to four teens who have been mind-controlled into becoming trained killers.

Only the memory blocking begins to fail . . .

This is another entry into the killer teens subgenre, in a contemporary setting. It took me a while to get into it as the voices sounded largely the same, making it difficult for me to tell the characters apart, though as the story builds, that becomes less of an issue.

I think teen readers will enjoy the tension and
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Courtney
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I was intrigued by the premise of Project Pandora and as always, I love reading new authors. This is Aden's debut novel, so I wasn't sure what to expect. And for his debut novel, I think Aden did a decent job.

Project Pandora isn't exactly a YA romance as the blurb seems to make you think it is. It's definitely more YA thriller/Sci-Fi with a touch a romance added to it, which I didn't mind at all. I really enjoyed the idea of this book, it was the delivery that pulled me back from this
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Alison
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I have a full non-spoiler video review of this on my channel: https://youtu.be/SCr2RlPm1BQ

The synopsis of this book is a little misleading. This is from the point of view of more than two characters (four to be exact), and it is way more than a romance (which the summary makes it seem it is).

This is about teenagers who have been born in labs, and brainwashed to fill government positions and also to become assassins. As they grow older, they are placed into homes and their memories are erased.
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Merrie Destefano
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading PROJECT PANDORA by Aden Polydoros over the weekend. It's AMAZING! This SciFi suspense thriller kept me on the edge of my seat. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an expertly crafted book, whether you prefer YA or adult literature.
Darcy (Daydreamingofbookdragons)
I received an ARC from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

(3.5)

Well, every expectation I had for this book before going into it was completely wrong. The first few chapters too really. Just letting you know that if you saw my first update, I was completely wrong. I had forgotten that the story is told from four perspectives, and really, their code names kinda give away the ships. Lemme see, is Persephone going to end up with Apollo or Hades?? Well gee, I guess we'll
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D.M.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
*This is a review and an interview with the author.* Usually, I save my interviews for my blog (http://chaptersthroughlife.blogspot.c...) however, in this case, I think some background information would be useful to understand if this book is for you.

My Book Review:
Project Pandora wasn't what I expected. It reminded me of a mixture of Kyle XY and Blindspot (Both starring Jaimie Alexander). I would say its unique and a little outside the box. I haven't read anything like it before, and I feel
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Laila Tarek
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
*4.5* oooohhh deaaarrr looooordddd.
This book was amazing from page 1. I fell into a reading slump around the time I was supposed to read it and it really helped me get out of my slump. It was so easy to fly through and the pace was exactly the way I wanted it to be. Fast at times, taking its time when it needed to.

I was haunted by how GORGEOUS Hades is. I mean, everyone, I’m telling you to go get yourself a Hades and I demand Aden Polydoros to tell us who inspired him to create Hades so we can
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Teri
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With shades of Jason Bourne, morally ambiguous characters, and trained teenage assassins, I absolutely devoured this book in two days. This is a dark, intense YA read I found difficult to put down.

Although this book is heavy on action, all the characters are captivating and well-developed - but by far, my favorite is Hades. He's cunning, dangerous, and untrustworthy, but with such a tragic backstory, I dare you not to like him. He made the book for me. I've read the author is working on a
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Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Project Pandora is about four teens that are involved in this project where they are sent to out to kill people. They are given code names Shannon is Artemis, Tyler is Apollo, Elizabeth is Persephone and then there is Hades who has no other name.

Hades is aware of what he is and knows what he does while Shannon, Elizabeth and Tyler have no memories of who they are or what they do. Shannon and Tyler have lived in foster homes all their lives and Elizabeth has always had her parents. Hades beings
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Lisa Mandina
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't read a lot of suspense types of stories, but as I do enjoy watching those movies, this book was definitely one that fit into something I might like. And as I read it, I could totally see it being a movie. While at first I had a little issue telling the difference between some of the characters, specifically the two girls, after a while it got to make more sense. The idea behind Project Pandora was very intriguing, although I would have liked a bit more background information. You really ...more
Michelle Hauck
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
An electric thriller that feels like a conspiracy theory yanked from today's headlines. Full of characters who are not black and white but a dirty mottled gray, yet still seeking for redemption. Darker than your normal young adult story, Pandora Project takes you out of the box to someplace new that exposes the darker side that lives in all of us.
Olivia
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Project Pandora” is a really intense and creative YA sci-fi/thriller. We follow four teenagers who are all part of Project Pandora. They all have code names from Greek mythology and perform special jobs (e.g. assassin). Hades is the only one who is aware of his role/job, and he suffers greatly psychologically from the physical/emotional abuse and his role as a murderer. The others have varying degrees of anxiety/depression from their dissociative identities which are triggered with specific ...more
Lori Murray
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-book-s
Much Different than I was expecting!!!!! I finished this a few months back and just forgot to do a review. Since its been awhile, I don't remember everything about the book besides it was different but Interesting first book in a series. It was interesting that the characters other identities, had to do with Greek mythology. My favorite has to be Hades because for some reason he could never take to the reprogramming. Tyler/ Apollo, is the first one to realize something is wrong with him. Then we ...more
Neil
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, thriller, teen
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

I found this really hard going.
Although there was plenty of action I just could not relate to the characters which felt wooden and lacking in depth.
Ashley
I received this book for free to review through Entangled Teen and NetGalley, and then found myself on a blog tour for it! That's cool. I want to thank Entangled Teen and NetGalley for letting me read and review a copy early. As always, my review is going to be 100% honest thoughts on the book. What I liked, what I might not have liked. I won't lie to you.
My favorite part about this book is that it's an action thriller. I love those types of books! I don't think the YA genre has enough action
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Lillian
I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

I really, REALLY wanted to like Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros. First off, did you see that cover?! It’s drool worthy! Plus assassins, government experiments, the whole cloak and dagger feel of the blurb….yeah I was super excited to read it. However, it just didn’t live up to my expectations, and after reading to just pass the halfway mark I set it down, unfinished. Where
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Kimberly
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let me preface this to say that I received an advance copy of Project Pandora from Netgalley for a fair and honest review. However, I kept procrastinating on reading it until I started getting a ton of emails from the publisher that finally convinced me to bite the bullet (great marketing strategy, btw).

So why did I procrastinate? Well, for starters it wasn't necessarily a genre I gravitate towards. I've never cared much for the Jason Bourne series or political thrillers, but I requested it 1)
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Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Spinatale Reviews.

Project Pandora was an entertaining wild and crazy ride of a book that stayed with me long after I was finished reading. I was hooked as soon as I saw that the teenage assassins had code names based on Greek mythology. There's romance, friendship, a few identity crises, illegal human experimentation, andan evil shadowy organization. If that sounds good to you, definitely pick up this debut novel.

This book begins with Apollobrutally executing
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We've seen this theme before so it is all in the writing whether the story succeeds or fails. With Project Pandora, the technique is fine and the story flows smoothly. But it is also a book of unrelenting grimness and terrible apathy - there is no glimmer of hope here, no relief from greedy/crooked/broken figures to offset the bleakness of the world. For that reason, I can say that the book is decently written but also
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Ms. Yingling
Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central

This is why I don't read YA books. Way to gory for my taste!

Tyler and Shannon are both foster children with a murky grasp of their past... and a startling alternate identity of hardened killers. When their burner phones ring and someone says "Olympus is rising" to them, they respond with "Pandora's box is open" and go off on their next mission. In between, they have a growing realization about what is going on. Tyler in particular starts to realize what
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Mihlean
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and voluntary review

Rating: 2,5 stars

A secret organisation (brainwashing) training teenagers to become perfect killers and leaders with code names based on Greek mythology? Hell. Yes.

But unfortunately, I didn't end up enjoying the story as much as I had expected. I'm not even sure what to think about Project Pandora, if I'm completely honest. I don't think I've ever read anything like it before. It's very unique and
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