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The Gryphon Project

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  93 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Phoenix envies her brother Gryphon. The daredevil and sports hero has all of his recons left: three more chances at life. But she is left with only one, and learns that her beloved brother is responsible for one of her deaths. When Gryphon himself has an accident, the governing body Chrysalis refuses to recon him, deeming his death to be a suicide. His friends' code of sil ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Puffin
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Oct 26, 2009 added it
Apparently, my early review didn't get uploaded (later: there it is, in the comments for some reason). Oh, well, I was only 100 pages along at that point and not feeling the usual Mac love. Let me just say two things now that I've finished:

1) Novels are best started closest to the inciting incident that gets things rolling. In this book, that would be around page 130. The first 129 pages of this one could have been reduced by at least half without losing anything. Where was the editor's eye?

2) I
Ashley D--
I had high expectations of this book, because I think Carrie Mac usually skillfully weaves her social conscience into her books, and her stories are usually very creative. I liked the idea of the society Mac painted in this book, but I did not particularly enjoy any of the characters. I also did not enjoy the total lack of skill with which Mac set up her characters and plot. Everything was revealed so awkwardly in the beginning, with characters basically saying "I know you've told me this alread ...more
James T.
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
(May contain spoilers, but not really) I'm not happy. Not at all. Just no. I didn't like the ending at all. I don't like how Mac developed her characters, I don't like what she did here. And the editing was bad too. There were multiple times when she would say one character was in one place, and then have them show up in a a completely different one. Example: Page 51, "Huy gave Neko a shove and he obscured the camera again." and then shortly after on page 57, "...Gryph steered Neko ahead of him ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
It was boring, couldn't finish it.
Ursula Pflug
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
The following is excercpted from an essay in the April, 2011 issue of the New York Review of Science Fiction. The essay appears in its entirety on my Goodreads blog.

Notes on the 2010 Sunburst Award

Chairing the Sunburst jury for the 2010 awards (for books published in 2009) coincided with leaving behind a lifelong cigarette habit. I contented myself with bits of teaching and editing and this and that. I had to prioritize it, everyone said, or the whole project would nosedive. If I didn’t write w
May 11, 2011 rated it liked it
The novel - The Gryphon Project by Carrie MAC is a science fiction book. In the novel, death is no longer a problem in future. People can get recons. (Recons means to bring back the life again) The story is mostly about the relationship between Phoenix and her brother-Gryphon. Gryphon is one of Phoenix favourite person. “[F]or the longest time, Phoenix’s older brother, Gryphon, had been her favourite person in the world.” (p.1) But their relationship has suddenly changed. Phoenix envies her brot ...more
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Reviewed by Rachel Seigel

Phoenix has always envied her older brother Gryphon. A daredevil and sports hero, he still has all three of his recons (chances at life) left, while she has only one. When Gryphon has an accident, the governing body Chrysalis refuses to recon him, deeming him a suicide. With his friends keeping to a strict code of silence, finding out what really happened seems impossible. But Phoenix is determined to find out the truth about the accident, and save her brother before it’
Kelly Peres
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Gryphon project was a book I knew very little about before reading it. It all started one day at working I saw this beautiful cover which drew me to read the summary on the back cover. I was totally intrigued I think it was even on my Wishlist (Saturday Meme) for 2 weeks. The reason I didn't purchase it was I was scared. THEN!! I saw it at the Library and had to borrow. This book was weird, from the plot, to the idea that maybe in the future (like way, way in the future) that technology could p ...more
Lindsay Nichols
The premise of this book is pretty cool - science has progressed to the point where you don't have to die. Well, you don't have to die if you are affluent, or talented, or athletic. A privileged few get one, two or even three chances at being reconned - your DNA rebuilds you from your last moment. But, without any of those nasty things that may have caused you to die in the first place. Like broken bones, or water in your lungs, or a smashed in skull. Sometimes there are side effects. Sometimes ...more
Award winning Canadian teen fiction writer Carrie Mac, best known for her gritty realistic fiction for reluctant readers, delves into the realm of science fiction in this futuristic dystopian teen novel. The novel unfolds several hundred years into Earth’s future, where advances in science and medicine have made resurrection possible. Society is organized according to how many recons (lives) people are entitled to: the wealthy have three while the poor receive none. Sixteen year old Phoenix is p ...more
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I live with my partner and two children in East Van, overlooking the shipyards and with a great view of the crows flying home to roost.


When Carrie Mac was born, her right eye gawked off in one direction while her left eye looked the other way. Well meaning adults thought she was a changeling and so they wrapped her up and put her on the porch for the fairies to take back, please and thank you.
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