Review: The Samatha Project by Stephanie Karpinske

April 21, 2013

The Samantha Project (The Samantha Project, #1) Title: The Samantha Project
Author: Stephanie Karpinske
Publication Date: 19 December, 2012
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 2.5/ 5 stars
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Samantha was seventeen when she finally learned the truth about herself; that she’s part of a corporation’s top secret genetic enhancement project. They told her she was the only one who survived the experiments. But then she meets Erik. He was raised in a lab until a scientist took him and hid him so nobody would ever find him. But Samantha and Erik somehow found each other. They share a indescribable connection that neither one of them can explain.

Their enhanced genes give them special abilities, like the ability to read minds and communicate with their thoughts. Even with their powers, they’re not safe. The people who are after them will never stop looking. But the more imminent danger is something that lies deep within their cells. It’s just one of many secrets they have yet to discover about themselves.
 Sometime last year, I saw this book on Goodreads, and it sounded pretty interesting. I mean, c'mon, a blend of sci-fi and suspense is always interesting, right? So when I saw that AToMR Tours was looking for reviewers, I readily signed up.

As you can see by the rating, I wasn't really sure whether I liked this book or not. There were things that really got me hooked, and there were also a few not-so-good stuff. But I think, for the most part, it's a good book.

The plot is definitely a new one (at least as far as I've read). Samantha is part of a secret genetic enhancement project by GlobalLife, a huge corporation, headed by the deceptively hearty Dr. Worthings. They were biding their time until she became seventeen, when her abilities start showing themselves, and now they want to do the 'procedure' on her, which will give her fully developed strengths. When Samantha's parents pose a threat to their plans, they murder them in an 'accident'. And now, all Samantha has is Uncle Dave (a close friend of her parents') helped develop the code that was inserted into Samantha during the fetal stage, and her loyal boyfriend Colin (who remains clueless until the very end).

Several strange incidents later, Samantha learns the truth about herself from Dave, and is captured soon after. What ensues is a faced paced ride of experiments, being on the run and a search for sanctuary.

The characters in the book are well developed. Samantha is not the typical teenager of today. She's a high achieving student who is graduating early from school and headed to a top notch university. I liked her a lot, though at times, her reactions to things kinda irked me. 

I really liked the part of the story where Samantha was held at GlobalLife. Though it was a very painful experience for Samantha, I felt the 'sci-fi' part of the story was explored thoroughly here. They truly do treat her like an experimental subject (a non-human one, that is), very horror-film like, clamps included. And the gadgets! Very impressive, really!

The first half of the book was a bit slow for me. I ended up skipping a few pages. But after her kidnapping, the pace picks up considerably. It was interesting to see how Samantha's abilities developed through the book.

Erik is a sweet guy who notices something different in Samantha right from when he sets eyes on her.It turns out that he is also one of GlobalLife's projects and escaped with his father. The f act that Samantha still officially has a boyfriend complicates things between them, though they learn to keep it smooth.

The book ends on a cliffhanger. With Erik (and some friends)  by her side, Samantha sets out to figure out what her life is all about and how to get it back.