Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros is about teens who may or may not have been brainwashed into becoming assassins. Read an exclusive excerpt here.
About ‘Project Pandora’
Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced from home to home, he’s learned that lesson the hard way. Cue world’s tiniest violin. But when strange things start happening — waking up with bloody knuckles and no memory of the night before or the burner phone he can’t let out of his sight — Tyler starts to wonder if he can even trust himself.
Even stranger, the girl he’s falling for has a burner phone just like his. Finding out what’s really happening only leads to more questions…questions that could get them both killed. It’s not like someone’s kidnapping teens lost in the system and brainwashing them to be assassins or anything, right? And what happens to rogue assets who defy control?
In a race against the clock, they’ll have to uncover the truth behind Project Pandora and take it down — before they’re reactivated. Good thing the program spent millions training them to kick ass…
Exclusive ‘Project Pandora’ excerpt
“Shannon!” someone called as she emerged into the sunlight.
She flinched at the sound of her name, only to spot Tyler standing just outside the glass-and-metal canopy that sheltered the metro entrance. With a sigh of relief, she stepped off the escalator and hurried over to him.
“I can’t tell you how glad I am to see you,” she said once she reached his side.
“It’s mutual.” He grinned, exposing those adorable dimples of his. Compared to Hades, he was all warmth, both in his bronzed complexion and the kindness of his expression. Even his cologne’s citrusy aroma had a far more welcoming effect on her, soothing rather than unsettling her.
“Hey, can you tell me if some guy’s following me?” she asked, lowering her voice. “He’s around our age. Black hair, blue eyes. Dressed all in black.”
Tyler’s smile faded, and he looked past her. “You mean the guy who looks like he’s never heard of a comb? The one in the leather jacket?”
“He’s smiling at us.” Tyler’s hands tightened into fists, and his clenched jaw cut hard lines in his face. “Did he do anything to you?”
“No, he was just talking weird on the subway,” Shannon muttered. “About flowers and dating and stuff.”
His face paled with anger. “Was he sexually harassing you?”
“No. I don’t know.” She shook her head. “It’s probably nothing.”
“He’s coming over here,” Tyler said, and his dark, gold-flecked eyes narrowed dangerously. He placed a hand on her wrist. “Let me deal with this.”
She turned to find Hades approaching them. In spite of the boy’s calm gait, every movement of his seemed intentional, almost trained. No unnecessary energy was exerted, and his right arm lingered at his side, steady.
To reduce the time it takes to reach his gun, she thought, surprising herself. Of all the theories she could come up with, why would she assume that?
“Hello again,” Hades said warmly, looking from Tyler to her. “Why are you two together? This can’t be a coincidence. Is this a test or something? Are you doing a job?”
Every time his incandescent blue eyes fell on her, her gut squirmed in discomfort. She was almost certain now that she had talked to him before, but she couldn’t remember where.
“I heard you were harassing my friend here,” Tyler growled, stepping forward. “Are you stalking her?”
Hades chuckled. “You know, you’re the second person this week who’s accused me of being a stalker.”
“Shocking,” he said drily.
“I guess this means you’re Tyler Bennett now.”
A hint of confusion showed through Tyler’s scowl. “How do you know my name?”
Hades grinned, visibly amused. “Whoever said that’s your name, Apollo?”
About the author
Aden Polydoros grew up in Long Grove, Illinois, the youngest of three children. Aden’s family moved to Arizona when he was in second grade. As a kid, he spent much of his time exploring the desert near his home. When he wasn’t searching for snakes and lizards, he was raiding the bookshelves of the local library. As a teenager, Aden decided that he wanted to be a writer. He spent his free time writing short stories. He was encouraged by his English teacher to try his hand at writing a novel, which inspired him to begin Project Pandora.