[The Sphinx Project Blog Tour] Book Review: The Sphinx Project by Kate Hawkings

Rating: StarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Sci-Fi

(The Chimaera Chronicles #1)

Not many people can say their entire existence has been one big lab experiment: poked and prodded by scientists, genetically modified to be the best and endure the worst, subjected to daily tests and trials that would kill a normal human. All Michaela wants is her own life, to be able to go to school, flirt with boys, maybe eat ice cream now and then. So when the chance to escape finally comes, Michaela and her sister grab it, taking their friends with them.

But they weren’t the only ones to find their way out of those labs. Following close behind are another breed of creature, one that doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong, who exist only to feed their own hunger. The appearance of a strange boy who seems too much like them to be a coincidence makes things even more confusing. But as the world begins to literally fall apart around them, Michaela must accept his help, especially when she could lose the very thing she holds dearest: her sister.

(An ebook copy was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.)


The Sphinx Project has potential. The sci-fi element is not new but the action-packed scenes brought new flavor to it. I liked the execution but i had problems with the ebook copy. There are several wrong spellings and grammatical errors that affected the meaning of sentences and paragraphs. Could this be a result of lack in editing and proofreading? i don’t know. Also, i found most of the action scenes too descriptive. It was technically right but i lost the emotional connection to the situations at hand. Still, i believe The Sphinx Project is worth a try.

Kayla, Nicole, Mouse & Briana are genetically altered teenage girls that have one purpose: to be the perfect soldiers. When they are not working in the outside world, they are imprisoned in the lab and get tested and experimented. When an escape seemed possible, they took it but Kayla was not prepared for the secrets and truths behind The Sphinx Project.

The story is fast-moving; Hawkings did not dwell long on Kayla’s life inside the lab. She focused more on Kayla’s (and her fellow lab rats) life on the run. The characters are okay enough but i was detached from them (i felt Nicole, though). It was also said that Kayla is special but Hawkings did not reveal why. But the natural disasters added a nice touch on their predicament. This gave a hint of an upcoming post-apocalyptic world that is exciting to anticipate. The romance is predictable and rash, but i know it will get better in the next books.

My exact rating is 3.5 – i liked The Sphinx Project because it is not boring. The plot could’ve been more polished but it was doable; i finished the book in one sitting. Give it a try. Perhaps if you don’t mind the issues i have, you will enjoy reading The Sphinx Project.

Many thanks to the author, Kate Hawkings!



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


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