Expected Published Date: June 12th, 2012
Finished Date: April 3rd, 2012
Publishers: Entangled Publishing
Source: ARC, For Review
The Blurb from Goodreads:What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival? Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly. Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger. But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?
The Review: Chosen Ones is a story about a young girl named Tess who lives in a hard world after the fourth World War has hit. She lives in a compound where there are Naturals and Chosen Ones. Natural’s are born but Chosen Ones are created. Chosen Ones were created to carry on the world after Natural’s start becoming extinction because most natural women are unable to bring fourth life and die during child birth. When Tess starts working amongst the Chosen Ones, it is there she meets James – a Chosen One, who goes against everything he has been trained to believe and feel. It is with him that Tess feels like she really belongs but how can they really be together when there are bigger forces at work that are trying to keep them apart?
Tiffany Truitt has created a very unique and interesting read with Chosen Ones – one that definitely stands out from all the other dystopian novel’s I’ve read for it’s uniqueness. From page one it was easy to imagine the world that Tess lived in because it was so descriptive and the narrative was so good. It is such a hard, cold and harsh world that you really couldn’t help but feel for the characters. Not only that but it was very easy to connect to the characters because they are so likable.
Tess is a strong girl, one that will do her job without getting emotionally attached but while she tries to not get emotionally attached, she also doesn’t experience much about life. She’s almost naïve in how to act around people and how to act around boys but this is one of her charms because through out this book, we get to watch her grow.
James, in some sense is the same as Tess, they both have the same qualities but because he’s a Chosen One he has different views on the world. But to watch them come together over the simplest things as a piano or a book really was beautiful.
Now while I did enjoy this, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have hoped. I felt the story started off really strong but then slowed down towards the middle and I was kind of just waiting for something to happen. And the ending felt slightly rushed but despite this, I still enjoyed it and would definitely pick up book two in the series.
All in all, Chosen Ones is a unique and thrilling read – although not a favourite but still worth a read.
A huge thank you to the publishers for allowing me to review this book.