Select by Marit Weisenberg
Published by Charlesbridge Teen on October 3, 2017 (expected)
Series: The Select, #1
Genre(s): fiction, fantasy, romance, science fiction, young adult
Format & Length: e-book, 352
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Coming from a race of highly-evolved humans, Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. But there’s something rotten beneath the surface—dangerous secrets her father is keeping; abilities she was never meant to have; and an elite society of people determined to keep their talents hidden and who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally disrupts the Jaynes’ delicate anonymity, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school.
Julia’s goal is to lay low and blend in. Then she meets him—John Ford, tennis prodigy, all-around good guy. When Julia discovers a knack for reading his mind, and also manipulating his life, school suddenly becomes a temporary escape from the cold grip of her manipulative father. But as Julia’s powers over John grow, so do her feelings. For the first time in her life, Julia begins to develop a sense of self, to question her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide: can a perfect love be worth more than a perfect life?
I was drawn to Select because of it’s premise. A race of super humans living among us with secrets and a cult like vibe? Count me in!
Despite a bit of a slow start, after a few chapters I found myself being pulled into a story that only became more intriguing as it progressed. With each piece of information discovered about Julia and her people, I was curious for more. Their culture, interactions, and history was fascinating, and the story Weisenberg built around them was fascinating as well.
While the overall concept here was great, this still read like a debut novel for me. The pacing was a bit uneven. Although I liked the idea of the characters, I wanted some more complexity or dimension in them. And yet, I still enjoyed my reading experience and feel there is definite potential here; I’m certainly interested in reading a second book in this series to see where the author takes this.
Recommended for fans of young adult fantasy romance. And although there aren’t any vampires in this book, it did give me some Twilight vibes, so if you liked those books, this just might be for you!
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.