It is almost time for another renewal, and Esther is apprehensive. She knows that Harry will do a good job, but it can be so stressful when a new “special one” comes to the farm. If only she could help Harry, with well, anything! But she can’t. As Esther, she isn’t even allowed to leave the farm house. She must pretend that everything is fine. Because if she doesn’t, he won’t be happy. And if he isn’t happy with everything she says and does, she might find herself being renewed.
At the farm, things have to be played out in the right way, or he will be displeases. Each member of the household knows their place and their role. Harry, the farm caretaker, Felicity, the youngest (and therefore has to be renewed more often) and Lucille, with her special spark. That, of course, can make the transition with a new “special one” difficult.
Esther is feeling more and more pressure. After all, she’s been trapped in this farmhouse for nearly two years, and sees no way out, unless it is to stop playing her role and find out what does happen to the other “special ones” who have disappeared over the years. She’s afraid she knows the answer. She thinks he kills them.
The Special Ones by Em Bailey is a thoroughly original book that will keep the reader twisting, wondering what will happen next and how Esther, Felicity and Harry might be able to escape the psychopath who has them all under his control and has others convinced they are the reincarnation of people who lived over a hundred years ago. This is a great book!
Recommended for 8th grade and up.