The two novellas in the Seven Wonders Journals collection were both nice continuations of two stories that aren't fully explained or understood in the Seven Wonders world. So it was fun to go back in time and live through legends, and past events that lead to what happens in the full length books of the series.
Starting off with "The Select", I really loved the idea of learning about Burt Wenders and his father. And how they came to know about the G7W gene. Because of the length of the story I found it didn't make much sense, because I felt there wasn't an overall point to the story that was told. Though I did really enjoy exploring the island more in this novella, and getting to see what it was like before the Karai Institute was built.
But with "The Orphan" everything changed! I absolutely loved this novella. I was fond of Daria in "Seven Wonders: Lost In Babylon" (Book 2) and to get to see life from her point of view was a pleasant surprise. This novella takes place before the events in Lost In Babylon and to read this story after that book really changed how I see Daria as a character. And that change in view was an amazing occurrence for me, and what led to me loving this novella so much!
Though you can read these Novellas at any point in the series, I think this book is best read after Book 2 of the Seven Wonders Series. Because "The Orphan" means a lot more if you see things in a completely new light when the story is switched around and told in Daria's point of view.
"The Select" leads Burt Wenders on a journey that will test his gifts and reveal a secret that his father has kept for much too long.
"The Orphan" follows a twelve year old girl, who was orphaned among the Babylonians. Daria never wanted to be the hero, she just wanted to make her sick friend better. But when her crime falls on another's shoulders she puts everything at risk by attempting to rescue her friend from certain death. Will leavening the only home she's ever known be enough? Only time will tell.
The Seven Wonders adventures continue in this print bind-up of The Select and The Orphan. The Select tells the story of thirteen-year-old Burt Wenders, the first documented carrier of the G7W gene, and his fated voyage to the island that would eventually come to house the Karai Institute. In The Orphan, learn the story of Daria, orphaned at a young age and enslaved by the Babylonians, and her valiant battle to escape the only city she's ever called home. These titles are together in print for the first time ever.
With key historical details and plenty of backstory surprises, this is a perfect addition to the library of new and continuing fans of the New York Times Seven Wonders series by Peter Lerangis, author of three stories in The 39 Clues series.