The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker
Date Read: February 2015
Genre: Dystopian, YA
“Not to be Chosen would yield a cruel fate of my own making.”
Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—would end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.
But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. The whispers contradict everything she’s been told; yet they resonate deep within.
Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, but she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Series: A Seer Novel #1
NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed 🙂
Read for Review (Edelweiss)
Overall Rating : 3.25
Story Rating : 3.50
Character Rating : 3.00
First Thought when Finished: The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker has solid writing, interesting story, and unfortunately a bit of missed potential.
1: Ending was too loose. There was a lot of activity and then it just sort of ended. Right now I don’t see where this is listed as a series so I am hoping the final publication has an epilogue.
2: Not enough character building with the side characters and the resolution was lacking. For the main characters resolution was there and they were built out well. However, with dystopians (for me) the richness of the story is often in the secondary characters. I felt that there could have been more about Aaron especially if he was to play as big a role as he did.
3: World was interesting but not unique (though I don’t think that is overly negative). I did think it was an interesting twist but I don’t read much YA. I liked the potential of rich storytelling around the world Rachelle created.
4: Mystery was solvable pretty quickly though the way it played out was interesting (a little to quick but still good). I would have liked it to be a little less obvious but that comes from a thriller reader.
5: Compelling writing and possibility for a tighter story was there. As far as I can tell this is Rachelle’s first book and for that it was pretty strong.
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It is a long time till publication I wonder if this will be the copy that gets released or if there will be an epilogue in the final version.
NOTE: I found out that this is a part of a series (evidently 3 books). The ending is still too abrupt but at least there will be answers eventually.
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