Just finished reading The Choosing!
And can I just say…wow.
BACK COVER SYNOPSIS:
Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for―her Choosing ceremony―to end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.
But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. Though the whispers contradict everything she’s been told, they resonate deep within.
Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, yet she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.
Okay, so initially, when I went into this, I’ll admit I was a little nervous. The back cover synopsis was intriguing…but nothing extremely original. This book had all the basic set-ups of a classic Dystopian YA.
A main character who doesn’t get her dream.
A world where rules and regulations replace hope.
An uprising full of strange new “teachings.”
A main guy character who does’t quite fit in.
A need to be…well…chosen.
All things that seemed treacherously cliche. BUT WERE NOT! And that alone should earn Dekker a prize.
The Chosen is filled with vivid and relatable characters, interesting world-building, and a fast-passed plot…but the real gem lies within the theme of the book. In case you haven’t guessed it yet, that theme is the idea of being “chosen”–of what defines our identity. The main character, Carrington, struggles with this question from the very beginning of the book. After spending the majority of her young life doing everything the society deems worthy, she is still not chosen. Her desperate search for true identity almost costs Carrington her life–both physically, and eternally.
The Choosing is a book about being defined–how our friends and society can alter the truth of what our worth really is. However, that worth is not built in who we are, what people we know, our ambitions, or our appearances. That worth is defined by the one who Chose us first.
The world that Rachelle has created is both simplistic and relatable–two things that make it all the more endearing. Her writing style is breathless, sucking you right in and whisking you along. It actually reads a lot like one of her father’s thrillers, at certain points, but I’ll rest my case 🙂 Her plot is individual enough that it had me second guessing myself, while still feeling confidant that I was reading a Dystopian YA.
Last but not least…there’s Remko. He gets a paragraph to himself.
I was SOOOOO happy to have a guy character in a book, who is sweetly old-fashioned, in that he is respectful and kind to his lady love, but also strong enough to rescue her should the occasion arise. But, while Remko may resemble Clark Kent just a bit, Dekker has been sure to make him a character all his own. Because of his (admittedly adorable) stutter, this young man doesn’t talk much. But when he does, you had better listen closely, because he has something to say. I loved that he wasn’t perfect, struggling with a speech impediment, but kept moving forward anyway. Definitely someone to look up to!
Overall, Dekker’s novel has left a fondness in my heart for her characters, wondering where they will go next, as well as an eagerness to start living in a way that truly reveals what I believe…that I am chosen.
Well, that’s about it for now! You officially have my own humble opinion…now you better go buy this novel and read it for yourself!!! 🙂
(Annnnnd don’t forget to comment below!)