The Compulsive Reader: The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Kyra lives on the compound of the Chosen Ones, a fanatical religious group set apart from the rest of the world. For the most part, her life is happy. She lives, works, and plays with her many siblings, three mothers, and father. Every Wednesday, she sneaks away to the county's mobile library, and reads of life beyond the compound. When the Prophet, who rules everyone in the compound, decrees that Kyra must marry her uncle, Kyra begins to question her life. Her determination to not marry a many more than forty years her senior leads her on a dangerous, heart pounding search for the truth.

The most remarkable thing about The Chosen One is Carol Lynch Williams' ability to create such a sympathetic and realistic character that readers will be able to identify with, despite the fact that Kyra's life is so different from those of her readers. In fact, many characters in the book, as seen through Kyra's eyes, are quite lovable and relatable, despite their many flaws and beliefs. It is Williams' ability to so completely pull in the reader that makes The Chosen One such a harrowing and frightening book, not for the faint of heart. As Kyra defies the Prophet again and again, she observes the consequences of her disobedience and the sheer brutality of the Chosen Ones is revealed. The book gets steadily suspenseful throughout, and all the while you will hope and pray that Kyra will make the right choice. Breathtaking, heartbreaking, and courageous, The Chosen One will haunt you.

Cover Comments: I like the simplicity of the cover, and the back view (to all you anti-headless cover people, LOOK! A head! But no face) of the girl. The colors work well together. It's not the most striking cover I've ever seen, but I think it's very appropriate.


~The Book Pixie said...

Before reading your review, I hadn't been too sure about this book. I am now. I definitely want to read this. Thanks for posting this terrific review.

Terrific cover, as well.

Kate said...

I really want to read this book, it look awesome. Great review :)

Tabitha said...

I read an ARC a while back, and I really enjoyed this book.

I completely agree about the author's ability to draw the reader into the story. I sympathized with characters who live the kind of life that I completely disagree with. It takes talent to pull that off. :)

Anonymous said...

This one is in my tbr pile. Want to read it so bad!