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Happy Sunday! I hope you are all doing well during this difficult time. To be completely honest, though I thought I would have more time to read during the quarantine, somehow life still keeps getting in the way. I did, however, finish Veronica Roth’s newest book, Chosen Ones. A huge thank you goes to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for sending me an e-galley of this amazing piece of literature in exchange for an honest review.
After the Dark One fell, the world went back to normal…for everyone but the Chosen Ones. After all, what do you do when you’re the most famous people on Earth, your only education was in magical destruction, and your purpose in life is now fulfilled?
Of the five, Sloane has had the hardest time adjusting. Everyone else blames the PTSD—and her huge attitude problem—but really, she’s hiding secrets from them…secrets that keep her tied to the past and alienate her from the only four people in the world who understand her.
On the tenth anniversary of the Dark One’s defeat, something unthinkable happens: one of the Chosen Ones dies. When the others gather for the funeral, they discover the Dark One’s ultimate goal was much bigger than they, the government, or even prophecy could have foretold—bigger than the world itself.
And this time, fighting back might take more than Sloane has to give.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As I mentioned earlier, Chosen Ones is written by the amazing Veronica Roth, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Divergent series, and the Carve the Mark duology. From a very young age, she knew she would write for the rest of her life, whether she was published or not.
She wrote the manuscript that would become Divergent in her free time while attending Northwestern University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2010. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband and their dog, Avi, whose adorable existence is well-documented on Instagram.
Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther are known as the Chosen Ones, the ones who saved the world from the Dark One (or so they thought). We (sadly) don’t get to know Albie and Ines too much, but the other three travel with us (or us with them?) across the world dimensions.
I have to admit, my favourite character is definitely Sloane. Despite her hard-to-get-along-with demeanour and obvious PTSD symptoms, I fell in love with the complexity of her personality.
Esther is a somewhat annoying Instagram influencer who is ready to make the most out of her fame. Matt, Sloane’s boyfriend/fiancé/ex, is also ready to move on with his life. Unfortunately, he first has to figure out what is real in his life, and what exists only in his mind and his dreams.
There is another character I absolutely love, but I can’t tell you too much about him without spoiling the story for you. You’ll just have to take my word for it and read the book for yourself! (If you know whom I’m talking about, leave your guess in the comments!)
Because of the past tense narrative, the style of Chosen Ones is different from Veronica’s other books. After somewhat of a slower beginning, the storyline completely consumed me, and the book threw me into a whirlwind of emotions. Thanks to Roth’s magnificent writing skills, the world of the Chosen Ones immediately came alive in my mind. I found myself thinking about the story even days after finishing the book! Veronica Roth cleverly knitted some profound statements into the story, my favourite being:
“Just because something is difficult,” Edda said, “doesn’t mean it’s worth doing.”
There were also some passages that made me laugh out loud:
“Please, for the love of God, don’t be one of those villains who waxes poetic about existentialist nonsense, because if you are, I really will have to cut you,” she said.
Veronica’s story-telling made me feel the emotions the characters were feeling … their pain, loss, panic, fear, but also their trust, hope, and relief. The last part of the book shows Roth’s almost supernatural plot-writing skills. Though the book doesn’t end with a huge cliffhanger, it does leave the reader wondering about what happens next.
As you can already tell, I absolutely loved the Chosen Ones! I did, however, have to take away half a star because of the very slow pace of the first part of the book. If you love the world of fantasy and dystopia, this book is for you! Again, thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing this book!
P.S. Chosen Ones Is Headed to the Big Screen!
According to Screenrant, Erik Feig’s company, Picturestart, already bought the movie rights! Among other producers are Veronica Roth herself, Pouya Shahbazian who worked on the Divergent movies, Temple Hill, the team behind movies such as Twilight or Maze Runner.
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