Title: The Humanity Project
Author: Jean Thompson
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Blue Rider Press/Penguin
Edition: audio and eGalley
Setting: Ohio and CA
Date Completed: June - 2013
Do you like reading stories with flawed characters? If the answer is yes, then The Humanity Project, may be a story that will appeal to you.
First there is Sean, a divorced, single dad to Connor. Sean is an out of work carpenter who is about to lose their house to foreclosure in Marin County. He does a few odd
jobs, but his body is tired from years of physical labor. Connor is a good student, but worried about their sick dog. When he responds to a personal ad on Craigslist, things even get worst.
Then we meet 14 year-old, Linnea from Ohio, whose life is turned upside down when a shooter at her school changes the trajectory of her life. Out of control, she is sent to live with her absentee father, Art, who coincidentally also lives in Marin County. Art is ill equipped to raise a teenage daughter.
Then there is Christie who heads a non profit organization called the "Humanity Project." Christie was a nurse to the founder of the project, Grace Foster. Grace is an eccentric, wealthy, elderly woman who wants to help troubled, down on their luck people, as well as the feral cat population.
There are about 7 characters in this story whose lives intersect in one way or another. Most are broke, out of work, disable, traumatized or just plain directionless. The "Humanity Project" brings the people together, but doesn't miraculously "fix them". It's not a happy story, but it is a very realistic look at modern contemporary life. While some of the characters get back on their feet, others do not -- but that, to me was the good about this story; although some situations in our life we can control, there are other things that we simply have no control.
I thought this story was pretty good and left me thinking, but it wasn't perfect, the lives of these individuals intersected just a bit too conveniently. I would still recommend trying it, especially if you enjoy flawed characters.