Thursday 12 April 2012

A Review for Chosen Ones (The Lost Souls #1) by Tiffany Truitt

Chosen Ones (The Lost Souls, #1)Posted by Donna
Expected Published Date: June 12th, 2012
Finished Date: April 3rd, 2012
Publishers: Entangled Publishing
Source: ARC, For Review
Format: Kindle
Pages: 260
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.


Unknown said...

It's relatively short for such book, isn't it? It's on my TBR list, but I've seen some mixed reviews, with majority like yours. Hm. I think this one should wait a bit.

Thank you for the review!

Agnieszka @ Nook of Books

Carly said...

Thanks for a great review, Donna. I hadn't heard of this one before so thanks for bringing it to my attention. Adding it to my ever growing TBR pile ;)

Danny said...

I'm still not completely sold on this one. Although the premise sounds awesome, reviews like yours made me think. But, it's a fast read (at least according to the pages) and I might make up my own mind after all :)

Stephanie said...

This book sounds amazing! :D I'm a huge fan of Dystopians at the minute and this sounds right up my street! :) Great review! It sounds like a really unique story line too! I'm interested to find out more about James ;)

Kayleigh @ K-Books said...

Great review Donna.
I loved this one. I couldn't put it down. I ended up giving it 5 stars

Allison said...

This book sounds really great. I tend to be a little bit weary of dystopian novels because I have a very distinct love/hate relationships with dystopian novels! I think I'll definitely give this one a try!

Suzanne (Parabooklover) said...

Sorry you didn't enjoy this one more Donna. I loved it. I was really sad at the ending. I can't wait for the next one...

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

I really loved this book, there was something a little different to it for me. I'm really interested to find out more. Great review, sorry you didn't like it all that much, but I'm glad you still enjoyed it.

Jenny said...

I'm excited to read this one despite the slower middle and rushed ending, Tess sounds like a character I'd really enjoy reading about. I love when characters grow throughout the story, so this is going on my list for sure! Thanks so much for the review:)

Giselle said...

Ugh rushed endings are the worst! I'm definitely still going to be reading this one though it sound good regardless but at least I know what to expect!

Elodie said...

Too bad you didn't love this one .. I don't think I'll read it because I want to read thrilling books and not okay ones .. Great honest review Donna :) !! Thank you so much for all the comments you left on my blog, you're so sweet !!

Brodie said...

I love that you say this stands out amongst other dystopian novels for it's unique plot - I LOVE dystopian, but I love finding a UNIQUE dystopian much more. The romance sounds incredible sweet and aww-worthy and I am really intrigued to learn more about the Naturals/Chosen One's and how they live.

First review I've read for this and it's definitely on my TBR now. Thanks! :D

Sam (Realm of Fiction) said...

This sounds like a really good read despite some of the slower parts. I'm glad to hear it stands out from other dystopian books. There are so many being released lately so that is awesome to hear. Great review! :)

Carina Olsen said...

It's been a long time since I pre-ordered this book; really wish to read it :) I just adore that cover. I'm sorry that you didn't like this book so much :\ Hoping I will like it :) Because it really seems awesome :D Great review, though :D <3
Love, Carina

Anonymous said...

Sorry to that you didn't enjoy it as much as you hoped. Hopefully that will change with the next in the series.

Safari Poet

Chocolate Chunky Munkie said...

What an eye catching cover. Great review, thanks for sharing. Even though you've given it three stars I think I'll certainly give it a go. I've had a few books in a row that have had slow middles, which is a shame.

Jenny - Chocolate Chunky Munkie

Bex said...

Great review, Donna! It sucks that you didn't enjoy it as much as hoped, I always hate that. It's annoying when a story with potential kind of slows down. But I'm glad you still enjoyed it enough to think it's worth picking up! I'm definitely curious, but I probably won't rush to read it.

Wee Shubba said...

I'm loving the sound of this. Thinking another preorder while its so cheap on BD :) I hate when that happens. When you think you will love a book and then you don't but at least you still thought it was good.

Alyssa_Susanna said...

Wow, um 260 is really short. Well. Compared to like Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers, or Partials by Dan Wells. Goodness. When I first saw this book I said to myself, another dystopia, seriously?! I haven't read this book yet, but it looks interesting. I've seen a lot of mixed reviews, so I'm in no rush. Especially if it is part of a series. More waiting for sequels and final book *sigh*.  Thanks for the review!!!!

Alyssa Susanna

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