Series: The Lost Souls #1
Published by LLC on June 12th 2012
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/Dystopian
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
"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?"
?Now this folks, is a GREAT story. When I started this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The beginning was so errupt and so outhere that it did confuse me somewhat but it mostly intrigued me to keep reading. As I did, I discovered such a world blinded by the rules that are created to help them.
This review is tough to write being that this book did a number on my brain. Bold accusing, the reader enters the world with extreme emotions pounding at the reader right away. Anger and stupidity, all rolled up nicely, while bitterness yearns at your toungue. I could get Tess right away. Follow the rules and you will be safe. Give into your feelings and your stupid. Tess’s anger is fresh yet easily understood. The sacrafice that she does for her family is brave yet expected.
The love interest caught me amusement. Chosen Ones are created perfectly. So, to find one that is somewhat flawed just as Tess is peaked my interest even more. With that said, when the love formed I adored it.
What part I loved the most is Tess ability to play her role. She didn’t flinch or speak a word. It was as almost she was created to do this. Tess abliity to, block out thoughts, emotions, to keep her mouth shut, yet grow stronger defiantly everyday made me love her.
Chosen Ones is an spectrular book. It hits the reader hard with extreme emotions and great world building. Blended with mysteriousness, Chosen Ones keeps you hooked.
I give it 5 BITES!