18 Buzzy New YA Books Coming in February

Here are 18 of the upcoming YA books coming out this month that have gotten starred reviews and plenty of praise:

As Far As You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper

City of the Uncommon Thief by Lynne Bertrand

The Crossroads at Midnight by Abby Howard

Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis

Like Home by Louisa Onome

Love in English by Maria E. Andreu

Love Is a Revolution by Renee Watson

Love Is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann

Mazie by Melanie Crowder

Prepped by Bethany Mangle

The Project by Courtney Summers

The Valley and the Flood by Rebecca Mahoney

We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire by Joy McCullough

What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo

The Wide Starlight by Nicole Lesperance

The Project by Courtney Summers

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The Project by Courtney Summers (9781250105738)

Lo is a survivor. She was born premature but lived, and she survived the car crash that killed her parents. Her sister, Bea, was always there until after their parents died. Then she disappeared into The Unity Project, leaving Lo with their great-aunt. Now Lo works as an assistant at a magazine, determined to become a writer. She knows there is more happening at The Unity Project than their public face of good deeds for the local community shows. Recognized by a young man at the subway who then killed himself, Lo discovers that he was part of The Unity Project too and that his father believes the Project killed him. Now Lo may have the opportunity to finally uncover what is actually happening at the Project, but as she gets closer to the truth, it may be too much for her to withstand.

Summers follows up her bestseller Sadie with this twisting, mind-bending novel. It is a slow burn of a book, steadily building toward the terrible truth that the reader can only suspect and guess at. Lo, with her physical and mental scars from the accident, is tragically lonely in her life and literally alone. She makes the ideal protagonist for a psychological thriller and also the perfect victim for a cult.

Teens who have followed the NXIVM cult news will recognize elements of that cult in this one. The book steadily tightens the noose around Lo while revealing Bea’s personal experience in the cult years earlier. From idyllic love to control to brutality and abuse, the mental anguish is intense. It is a book full of turns and twists, lies and prophesies, love and survival.

Amazingly raw and gripping, this tense novel is dizzying. Appropriate for ages 15-18.

Reviewed from e-galley provided by Wednesday Books.