After experiencing a horrific school shooting, Linnea is sent to live with her estranged father in California in Jean Thompson's The Humanity Project. But her story is just a small part of the novel as a whole. There are seven main characters. All spread out from California to Ohio, all extremely different from the outside, but they share one thing in common. Sadness. This is a somber novel. Most of the characters are extremely troubled, and not all are saved by the end. But this author definitely left me thinking, and that is exactly what I want in a novel.