Book Review - Select by Marit Weisenberg
A modern-day Romeo and Juliet with a supernatural twist that will appeal to fans of Ally Condie (Matched) and Kiera Cass (The Selection).
|Image sourced from NetGalley|
Genre: Teens & YA
Publisher: Charlesbridge Teen
Publication Date: 3 October 2017
"Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. The daughter of a billionaire investor in Austin, Texas, it looks like Julia has it all. 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 highly evolved people who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally jeopardizes the delicate anonymity of her people, 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. He’s popular, quiet, intense, and strangely compelling. Then Julia discovers she can read his mind and her world expands. Their forbidden love is powerful enough to break the conditioning that has kept Julia in the cold grip of her manipulative father. For the first time, Julia develops a sense of self and questions her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide how she will define herself—and whom she will betray."
To begin with I couldn't quite figure out who or what Julia and her friends were. I was intrigued by their actions but also confused - why were they split into groups? What secrets were being kept from Julia? What kind of society were they living in? Then there was John. How would he fit into the storyline?
So many questions.
As I progressed through the storyline and witnessed Julia's life changing quite dramatically I found myself completely engrossed. I just couldn't get enough as I tried to figure out exactly what the big secret was.
Julia was mostly a likeable character, she was quite feisty so I sometimes felt a little frustrated by her acceptance of the situation she was in - I thought she'd instantly fight against it. Angus was the kind of character who you dislike on one page and love on the next so I couldn't make my mind up about him. John was super intriguing, I wanted to know more about him and the reason he seemed to connect to Julia so easily.
The whole group thing certainly felt like a cult type setting, the secret meetings between Julia's dad and other members were a big source of interest for me as I wanted to know what was really going on. They were obviously holding a lot back.
As things began to unravel I fell deeper into the storyline and I deliberately slowed my reading speed because I absolutely wasn't ready for the book to end and to part ways with the characters. I knew I would want more once I reached the final pages.
Select was an incredible read that captured my imagination and played on my mind long after I'd finished!
CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR
BUY THE BOOK
Thank you to the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook in exchange for my honest opinion.