by Stephanie Karpinske
Release date: November 15, 2012
Publisher: Crazy Dream Publishing, LLC
Genre: science fiction, romance, thriller, young adult
Format: ebook, 308 pages
Source: AToMR Tours
Seventeen-year-old Samantha Andrews has a seemingly perfect life; great parents, early admission to Stanford, and a boyfriend who just happens to be the hottest guy in school. But a dark secret from her past turns her world upside down. Sam discovers she's part of a global corporation's genetic enhancement project. And just as she's learning what these enhanced genes can do, the corporation decides they want her, and the technology inside her, back!
During a heart-pounding race to flee from her pursuers, she encounters another person who was part of the experimental project. He's tall, blond, tan and completely irresistible! And he can read her thoughts!! Together, they're both in danger and a rogue scientist discovers yet another secret lies inside them.
There was a time when I loved reading science fiction, the technologies that may have been possible now, but no one really knows. Things like cloning, cyborgs, bio-tissue or whatever. It started when I read Adoration of Jenna Fox in six-grade. But that was like two years ago. Now, it's more about romance, young adult dystopian, those kind of stuff. Unwind was also a good sci-fi book. Although I don't read as much sci-fi books as i did back then, I still enjoy a novel once in a while. ;)
The Samantha Project is one of those sci-fi books that includes romance in it. Even better, a love-triangle!
Although I do have a love-hate relationship with love-triangles, I still can't resist them.
Samantha - If you don't know already, the main character of this book is called Samantha. She is literally perfect. The perfect family. The perfect boyfriend. The perfect grades. The perfect life. Etc. But when parents die in a sudden car crash on the day before her 16th birthday, Samantha realized life may not be as it seems. Of course, that's when Samantha learns about her special self. She doesn't get hurt easily. She can heal fast. She can hear from far away. She's fast, alert, beyond perfect. Oh, and one more thing, she was created in a lab.
Dave - Uncle Dave, as Samantha calls him, is the only one in the family who knows about Samantha, about how she is special from everyone else. In a way, she is a project. Uncle Dave is a family friend, not a real, uncle. He helped plan out Samantha's parents' funeral and stayed by her side the whole time. He helped her run away when the president of the company who created Samantha wants her back. But running way wasn't enough and even Dave can't keep Samantha from being taken to the company.
Colin - Although Colin wasn't described much in the book, Colin sounds freakin' awesome. He also sounds freakin perfect. He's like the other half of Samantha, minus all the lab stuff. He's it popular, sexy guy in the school of all books, but instead of a playboy type, he's actually the nice type. He kind of grew up with Samantha and they were like best friends back then. Samantha isn't popular, but somehow, Colin took interest in her. He's like perfect though. Colin respected her needs. Colin tried hard to visit her, love her, etc. But Samantha keeps on pushing him away. She's even thinking about breakup.
Ugh. Girl. Jeez. You needa be proud of what you have, man. There isn't a Colin everyday for you. OMG. Ungrateful. How could she?
Erik - I don't like Erik, for reasons you may know. Just his name looks evil. Okay. Fine, he's not evil. But he's the third to the love-triangle. He ruined more chances of Colin and Sam being together; Omg. Like Colin tries so hard to save Sam. And Erik, ewww....such a cock blocker, but it's not like Sam wants to be with Colin. Girl. Omg. Anyways, yeah Erik is also a lab rat. Someone whose has all of Sam abilities. They could even communicate in their head. Which I hate more because that means less chance of Colin and Sam. No!
At least Colin is still in the second book! So basically what happens is that the company is looking to Samantha back to the labs to work on her, get results, etc. Those people are plain evil, but hey, someone have to be a bad guy. There, Samantha meets Erik and feels attracted to him. Ugh. No. And well, you should read the book to find out, before I ruin the whole thing for you. ;D
Rating (1-10): 8!
A former editor for a publishing company, Stephanie has worked on several bestselling nonfiction books. Now she freelances full- time, writing for a variety of books and national magazines. She recently entered into the world of fiction with her young adult series, The Samantha Project.
In addition to being a writer, Stephanie is also a dietitian with a MS from Tufts University and an MBA from the University of Iowa. When she's not writing, she's reading, cooking, running, or watching movies. A true Midwest girl, Stephanie was raised in Nebraska and now lives in Iowa.