The Special Ones

The Special Ones

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Esther is one of the Special Ones: four young spiritual guides who live in a remote farmhouse under the protection of a mysterious cult leader. He watches them around the clock, ready to punish them if they forget who they are--and all the while, broadcasting their lives to eager followers on the outside. Esther knows that if she stops being Special, he will "renew" her. Nobody knows what happens to the Special Ones who are taken away from the farm for renewal, but Esther fears the worst. Like an actor caught up in an endless play, she must keep up the performance if she wants to survive long enough to escape.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 298 pages
  • 147 x 211 x 28mm | 408g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0544912292
  • 9780544912298
  • 1,559,626

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★ "Riveting from the very first chapter, Esther's story is unpredictable and chilling, her narration viscerally revealing the quiet terrors of captivity and brainwashing. The Special Ones don't really have any special wisdom, but the characters--even him--are unforgettable. A complex, enthralling page-turner." --Kirkus, starred review

"This modern-day psychological thriller is as gripping and intense as Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl or Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train. . . . Complex characters and well-written dialogue will keep readers turning pages until the breathtaking conclusion. A must-have for YA collections, especially where thrillers are popular." --SLJ

" Bailey's (Shift, rev. 5/12) latest psychological thriller features an impressively eerie tone, goosebumps-inducing atmosphere, and genuine surprises." --Horn Book

". . . a deeply creepy and taut thriller . . ." --Bulletin
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623 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 22% (134)
4 47% (293)
3 24% (151)
2 7% (45)
1 0% (0)
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