Select Few by Marit Weisenberg
Published by Charlesbridge Teen on October 9, 2018 (expected)
Series: Select, #2
Genre(s): fiction, fantasy, science fiction, romance, young adult
Format & Length: e-book, 384
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After rejecting the cult-like influence of her father’s family, Julia moves into a fancy hotel in downtown Austin. But she finds herself alone except for her boyfriend, John–and her fears. Once again she’s suppressing her abilities, afraid her family will come for John when they find out he’s been developing abilities of his own in her presence. The FBI is also keeping a close eye on Julia hoping she can lead them to her father, Novak, as he’s wanted for questioning in his former assistant’s death.
With tensions high, Julia and John agree to go separate ways for the summer, paving the way for Julia to reunite with Angus, fellow outcast. Together they set out on a road trip to California to find Julia’s mom and a way into Novak’s secret underground world. Along the way Julia will learn the Puri perhaps aren’t the only humans evolving into something different. . . and that maybe she’s the leader her people have needed all along.
I was initially drawn to this series because of its premise. The idea of a race of super humans living among us with secrets and a cult like vibe was one I found to be fascinating. And although the first book wasn’t my idea of perfect, I did enjoy it. (Check out my full review for Select HERE.) So when I saw Select Few was available, I jumped on it, curious to see where the story would go. Unfortunately, this one didn’t work as well for me.
Maybe it’s just me getting pickier as I get older and read more, but a lot of this story felt forced. Much of the dialogue was stunted and the drama felt contrived to add filler. Although I did enjoy some of the background that was filled in along the way, a lot of this book felt like it just didn’t know what kind of story it wanted to be. One aspect I did like was the structure, combining the two main character’s perspectives from two different time frames in a way that was brought together quite nicely in the end.
This book started out slow and meandered a lot in the middle. By the last twenty percent or so, it had found its stride and the end went a long way to redeem the rest. Readers who love Select will probably enjoy Select Few as well, but I don’t know that readers who aren’t passionate about the first book will make it far through this one.
Select Few ended with a good sense of closure but also left a door open for another book. I really wanted to like this more than I did, and I think I’ll be passing on any future books in this series.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.