The Special Ones

The Special Ones

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"When four young people are taken against their will to become part of a cult, they are worshipped by their followers and become lost in their new reality--but what happens if they rebel against the one holding them captive?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
Copyright Date: ℗♭2016
ISBN: 9780544912298
0544912292
Branch Call Number: YA BAILEY 2017
Characteristics: pages cm

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Dec 07, 2017

A group of four young people are dubbed "The Special Ones" by an unseen figure who has, ahem, "collected" (kidnapped) them from home and convinced them to believe they are reincarnations of previous Specials. Living off the land and giving daily advice to their followers/worshipers, they soon settle into their new... um, I mean, remember their previous routines and follow them to the letter. Whenever a Special gets too... unpredictable, they are "renewed", meaning a new Special One is collected to take their place. No one really wonders what happens to the previous renewals, though. No one, that is, except the current incarnation of "Esther". She wonders where they go. She also wonders why she has never been renewed. What makes her "special" among the Specials? She's about to find out.

A suspenseful read, especially because it seems all-too-plausible. The sudden change in POV somewhere around chapter 16 is jarring at first, but ultimately I see how it seems the best choice for the story.

bandblair Sep 05, 2017

This story had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The writing and characters were believable. The first half of the book was definitely more interesting than the second. I think I would have preferred just the single POV.

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