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Oh Dystopia. We have had a rough ride in the last couple of years. Whereas before I had read maybe a half dozen books where the Earth (or at least humanity) was near extinct for one reason or another, in the last year alone I've read 14 books with that premise. That's a lot. Like a real lot. It makes it a little hard to find new ways to invent the wheel sometimes.

Chosen Ones does at times remind me of the other books. I'd kill for a YA Dystopia that didn't involve a romance in some fashion honestly, but Tess and James was far more palatable then I would have thought. Its understandable that Tess falls for him almost immediately--different is always alluring and James is very different from any other 'Chosen One' that Tess has meant. James for his part is cognizant in a way that Tess doesn't seem to understand at first, what it means for them to be 'together'.

The history of how humanity reached the level its reached by the story's start was less interesting to me then the real world reactions Tess' father and James extoll. In an economy that is doing better than others, but still seems unable to sustain itself, I can understand her father's sentiment that people grow resentful when their hardwork (in this case protecting the country) seems to mean nothing. If you go off to war to protect your home from being destroyed, but its taken away because you're not being paid enough to keep up the mortgage why did you go off to war? You could have instead found a better paying job and let someone else protect your house.

By in large I enjoyed this book. Some of it dragged with uneven pacing...plus Tess is rather unlikeable until she starts to 'blossom', but Truitt makes up for it by engaging the reader in a game of 'It Could Happen To You'. I certainly hope that the next book, Naturals, builds on the premise (and maybe lets the romance take a backseat).
 
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lexilewords | outras 10 resenhas | Dec 28, 2023 |
Goodreads Synopsis: The dramatic conclusion to the Lost Souls trilogy, which answers readers’ questions and finally pits natural Tess against the true enemies of Templeton, the creators

Heartbroken but more determined than ever after a tense showdown in the woods, sixteen-year-old Tess once again returns to the safety of her community of Isolationists. Bolstered by new alliances and desperate to protect those she loves, this time she knows she can return stronger and more powerful than ever to take back what is hers. As she trains in combat and grows more confident, Tess receives beautiful letters penned by her forbidden love, the chosen one James, from his prison in Templeton. He is now serving as a bodyguard to the creators-the team of scientists who created artificial life in the first place. And what he has discovered about the true origin of the illness that halted natural life could change everything. Enemy will become ally and death will bring new hope in this stunning conclusion to Tiffany Truitt's epic Lost Souls trilogy.

My Review: Okay, there might have been a little bit of a mix up. When I requested this book on netgalley, I was not aware that it was the last book of a trilogy... I think I might have skimmed the book description... Anyways. Whatever. That's fine. Maybe I'll get around to reading the other two books one of these days. It was an okay book. It would have been awesome, I'm sure, but because I started at the last book, I couldn't get into it. I didn't know the characters, and I didn't know what the world was like. So that's my problem with the book. It was a little twitchy for me, though that also may have been because I couldn't get into it. The story kept progressing so quickly, sometimes I couldn't keep up because again, I didn't know the characters. Those are my only problems. It seemed like an awesome book if I knew what was going on, but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe if I read the whole series one day I'll re-review this. Thanks for reading!

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radioactivebookworm | Jul 12, 2014 |
I really wanted to like this book, but just could not get into it. It took me weeks to finish because it just could not hold my attention.

It was a very unique idea though.

I couldn't envision the world Truitt described in my head. I had a hard time understanding why things happened. There were so many unopened questions. I didn't feel like the romance between Tess and James was genuine. I couldn't find myself caring for either character; they were hard to relate to. Tess seemed very unstable and cold. While James just felt very boring.

Overall it was an interesting plot, but I would not read this book again. I do not think I will read the sequel either.
 
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ConstanceMcCauley | outras 10 resenhas | Feb 25, 2014 |
Chosen Ones not only has a beautiful cover, but an intriguing plot as well. Humans are almost to the point of extinction, and then there are those who have been artificially created with incredible abilities. You have two types of people. Naturals which are the humans, and the Chosen Ones that are bred and trained to be bigger and better. There were so many questions, and I was hooked from the beginning.

Tess is a 16 year old girl, who has been placed at Templeton with her sisters. One thing about Tess is that she has stuck to the rules, she believes what she has always been told. Tess comes across as being so angry, and learning why I did understand. She keeps her emotions to herself, that is until she meets James. He is this gorgeous Chosen One, but he wasn’t like the rest of them though. James thought for himself, he was sweet and shy. Their connection was something that I enjoyed, with music and their reading together.

This flows with ease from the beginning right up till the end, with pieces of the puzzle given a little at a time as to what is really going on. This is a world where woman are thought of as being weak, and are thought to have little purpose and are losing their ability to reproduce. With swift punishment for not following the rules, and the awful treatment of the Naturals, this is one terrifying world Truitt created. We learn a little about outside the compound and it sounds like one rough place too. The letters from Tess’s father gave even more insight as well. There are a few secondary characters that were part of the story, but as the story flowed on they played a much bigger role, all leading up to one major cliffhanger. There are so many questions left unanswered and I am really looking forward to the Naturals.

Chosen Ones is a beautiful story of lies and betrayals, twists that will leave you wanting more and a romance worth gushing over. It is one that I would highly recommend picking up.
 
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jeneaw | outras 10 resenhas | Sep 30, 2013 |
After finishing Chosen Ones, I was antsy to start this. It wasn’t hard to fall for Tess and James, their connection and love was something I enjoyed so much in the first book. After learning a lot about the world the Chosen Ones live in, it was nice to learn about the Naturals, their beliefs and ways of life.

Tess is still trying to find a home with the isolationist’s, which hasn’t been easy for her. She has learned something about her self that isn’t east to deal with and not just that but what the isolationist’s want from her. Tess is finally starting to rebuild her friendship with Henry. I think Tess has come a long way from the confused and angry girl from before, she is determined and much stronger. Henry was a different story, seeing just how broken he was heart breaking, he hold such hatred for the world they live in. I couldn’t help but to feel for him. We don’t really see much of James until later inn the book, and that is right about the time when everything hits the fan. But their time together was still sweet even with the world around them being in chaos.

The world building was wonderful, the isolationist’s camp is a rough environment, and all of them work so hard for everything, their food, their water, and showers. Their living arrangements weren’t much better. This is a world that I couldn’t imagine myself living in, but the way it was described was so vivid, and disturbing at the same time. And it was easy to see why these people have such tough shells when it came to their personalities. Tess is still trying to figure out who to trust, and when you think you know who the enemies are, the twists that take place changes things.

The things about this that stood out for me was the character development, Tess and Henry, and even Robert was remarkable, and the plot just thicken with each page. But the jaw dropping ending was the one thing I didn’t see coming, and left me dumbfounded. I don’t think the installment is going to come soon enough. This is a fabulous series, with forbidden romance, a world that is both frightening and intriguing. The Lost Souls series is not one to be missed.
 
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jeneaw | outras 3 resenhas | Sep 30, 2013 |
I love this book so much!
 
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Selina.Marie.Liaw | outras 10 resenhas | Aug 2, 2013 |
My Rating – 3 Stars

*I received a digital copy of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Entangled Teen*

This review will contain spoilers for the first book in the series, Chosen Ones. You can go here to read my review for the Chosen Ones.

Tess, with the help of the rebels, her Chosen One boyfriend James, her childhood friend Henry, and her brother-in-law Robert has escaped the Council. Tess is one of the few women in the world that can reproduce. That makes her valuable to the rebels and dangerous to the council.

She’s forced to leave James behind and half of the rebel community hates her because she had a relationship with a Chosen One or what they call an “abnorm”. She does make a few friends, McNair, one of the rebels who traveled with her, Sharon an older woman that’s also able to produce children, and Lockwood, a teenage boy she’s been assigned to work with.

Lockwood is extremely likeable. He’s a bit of a loner but is full of witty one liners. Sharon is a leader and also something of a broodmare. She is the only woman in the colony that can reproduce and let’s just say…she has.

Most of the book is her and Henry adjusting to her their new life. The rebel community does not them well, in fact at one time, they dump shit on her. (literally. shit.) And her worrying about the younger sister she treated like crap for most of the first book and then abandoned. And plotting how to get her back.

I still find the basic plot very interesting. Though it still is not explained why women can no longer have children, it is hinted that the Council had something to do with it and it started long before the war and the council taking over. Which makes me wonder the backstory of the war, I mean deeper than the one Tess gives.

However….

The summary gives away part of the plot twist and most of the events in the summary don’t happen until the last 20% of the book. Tess is twice as bratty and whiney. Within a few days of her and James being separated, she is looking at Henry’s lip and “missing being kissed.” The LOVE OF YOUR LIFE has only been gone a few days and you’re already like “damn…I need some dick…” Ugh.

She totally uses Henry and I hate that. Henry ain’t exactly perfect either and he definitely pulls some bullshit but Tess just uses him and tosses him aside. (Reminds me of another popular young adult series…..)

Another issue I have is the rebels only saved Tess because they thought she would take over for Sharon trying to repopulate the Earth with Naturals. I find that deeply disturbing.

There are a few other plot holey-things that bother me like her mother’s alcoholism and the fact that the Council only creates male Chosen Ones. But a huge plot twist at the very end of the book will probably make me pick up the next book.

It’s not all that bad for a quick beach read but I wouldn’t invest much into the series.

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Punkfarie | outras 3 resenhas | Jul 19, 2013 |
My Rating – 3 Stars

Tess lives in a future where women are evil and humans are weak. America has spilt into sectors and the country is as constant war. Humans failed to win the war and so the government (the Council) took it upon themselves to create perfect super soldiers, or The Chosen Ones (this name bothers me. They aren’t chosen they are made).

The Council (though being humans themselves) force humans to live in compounds and doesn’t allow them to books or music or really anything. Women are considered too emotional and wanton and are (according to the council) basically the downfall of humans (vaginas are evil, yo) and are forced to be servants for the Chosen Ones (or sexual play things, willing or not, which bothers me immensely).

Also, woman can no longer give birth, which is never explained and it apparently happened in the three years between when Tess was born and when her sister was born. I really hope it’s explained in a later book because that’s just so random to me.

Anyhoo, Tess’s older sister has done the stupid thing of falling in love, getting married, and getting pregnant; which ends in her death. Now Tess must take over her sentence at the Chosen Ones training center, Templeton.

The secrets she learns at Templeton about the Council and the Chosen Ones are very disturbing but she also meets James, a Chosen One with a *gasp* flaw! There is a little bit of insta-love but Tess plays hot and cold so much that that Katy Perry song could be her theme song.

Though practically every person she’s ever been closely associated with is a part of the resistance, she is completely unaware of the resistance’s existence. An attack on a new batch of Chosen Ones brings it to her attention but also brings her and her relationship with James to the attention of the Council. Her life is now in danger and they must get her out of the Council’s reach.

This book was okay. It was actually a little confusing, because there is no pretty much no explanation of anything. A lot of questions were raised and I’m hoping they are answered in the second book. James was very bland to me; I didn’t really feel their attraction. Tess feels bipolar and her mood/personality changes are very frustrating to me. I was also confused by the timeline of events that led up to humans being forced to live in the compounds.

The book has its flaws but the plot is interesting. Women are evil and can’t reproduce anymore and the government plans to phase out humans and just have the super soldiers (are they teaching the Chosen Ones how to create more Chosen Ones because the Council is full of old men, they aren’t going to live forever).

I will at least read the next book because I got it from Netgalley and because I need questions answered!

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Punkfarie | outras 10 resenhas | Jul 12, 2013 |
I enjoyed Chosen Ones, but can easily say that Naturals is better. You can certainly tell that this is Ms. Truitt's second book. The plotting and pacing are better, and the characters more relatable. I found Tess, especially, to be extremely strong in this installment. She was much more willing to confront her feelings and think about how her upbringing impacted her. I liked her strength of character and her conviction that what she was doing was right. For me, the main draw of this book is Tess, and I was really pleased to see her growth.

I also liked that this book helped further establish the dystopian world used in this series. Tess is away from the compound, out in the so-called "wilds", and you really got a better sense of what the world was like through her journey to the Isolationists' camp. It was interesting to see the stark contrast between compound life and the life these people chose to live away from everyone. It was very much reminiscent of the pioneers' journey out west back in the early days of the United States, when food was not in abundance and everything had to be gained through physical work of some sort. Since Tess was "pampered" for most of her life, she finds the transition difficult, and I found her journey to be extremely realistic and well done.

"I can't help but wonder if there has ever been a place where freedom truly existed. I think freedom is what mankind fears most in the world. When you're free, you can't blame anyone or anything for who you become." - 81%


This book is much more action-packed, even though a large portion of it is taken up by Tess' learning to fend for herself and work to keep herself and the community alive and thriving. Even though she is supposedly safe, there is a definite sense of threat underlying everything, and this is ratcheted up when she becomes ill. I was really pleased that we got to see James again, even though Henry's actions leading up to their reunion really rubbed me the wrong way. He is such an angry character, and while I suppose some of it is warranted, I can't get behind his actions or thoughts, and really found myself not liking him at all. Like the contrast between Tess' previous life and the one at the camp, James and Henry are so different from each other. I like that James really seems to respect Tess' decisions and is willing to let her lead, whereas Henry wants to be the one in control and do what he feels is best for her, regardless of her feelings on the subject. I will be interested to see how their relationship progresses with the events at the end of the book.

Naturals is a much faster read than its predecessor. Tess is more likable, and the reader is really able to get inside her head and understand her feelings and where she's coming from. I loved seeing her personal growth, and can only hope that continues, even with the reveal at the end. I like how she still struggles to not be the girl the Council turned her into, and the steps she's taking to ensure she lives her life according to her own rules. If you liked Chosen Ones, you definitely need to pick up Naturals, as it is an extremely solid continuation of the series. Just be forewarned that the ending will leave you extremely anxious and impatient for the as-yet-unnamed final installment!

An e-galley was provided by the publisher for blog tour purposes.
 
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ahandfulofconfetti | outras 3 resenhas | May 20, 2013 |
Naturals picks up where Chosen Ones leaves off. Tess, Henry, and Robert are making their way to the Isolationalist Camp, after Tess sadly and reluctantly has to leave James behind. Breaking free from a world where a government indoctrinated belief system has taught that humanity, or Naturals, were a weakness, especially the women, resulting in the creation of the Chosen Ones, a superior race designed to rule and protect. The Isolationalist did not live by these rules, and because of Tess' unique ability to be able to have children, she had been granted help from this group. Tess soon finds that she has to work really hard to prove herself to those in the Isolationalist camp. She also discovers a whole new kind of prejudice against her, and even more so against Robert, even though he is working to help them. She and Henry draw closer in their relationship, especially when Tess thinks she will never see James again, but Henry isn't quite honest about everything. They face a whole new set of issues and have to learn to adapt to a different lifestyle, culture, and way of doing things, facing danger from within the compound and without. Then, when James returns with news that Louisa, Tess' sister, is now serving at Templeton in her place, things get even more complicated, and culminate in something no one sees coming.

I enjoyed this second installment in The Lost Souls Series. I liked watching Tess's character grow and adapt. We get to see a lot more of Henry in this book, but I have to say that I am team James all the way and missed him not being in a big part of the book, though he does show up towards the end. I am rooting for James and Tess to find a way to be together, and the last few chapters of the book ended up being the most exciting. I also enjoyed getting to know Lockwood, who ends up being a really good friend to Tess. The ending was something I did not see coming and is a bit of a cliffhanger that has left me dying to know where the story will go from here. There are many surprises, twists, and turns in Naturals. If you enjoy dystopian novels coupled with science fiction, as well as romance, danger, and a little mystery, then The Lost Souls series is something you may want to check out. I enjoyed Naturals, and I a looking forward to the next installment.
 
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alwaysyaatheart | outras 3 resenhas | Apr 30, 2013 |
Chosen Ones is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the United States has become divided after a great war, one of the after effects being that few if any women are able to give birth to children and if they become pregnant, it is pretty much a death sentence for them. Tess knows the rules, "Emotional entanglements only lead to physical trespasses. We humans, were weak. We couldn't be trusted with our emotions. The female is dangerous because of her natural tendency to embrace humans' emotional side and her ability to elicit and encourage sexual activity.....Sex equates full and utter dependence on someone else both physically and emotionally. There is a brutal war going on right outside our home; we can't afford to be distracted." Forced to recite these rules after her sister's death in front of the whole compound, Tess is branded, and sent to take her sister's place a Templeton, as is the duty of the firstborn female in each family.....sent to serve the "Chosen Ones."

The "Chosen Ones" are beings created by "The Council," and their purposes is to protect the humans or "naturals." Genetically engineered, these males are considered to superior to the naturals in every way. They fight the wars and supposedly offer hope for continuation of the species. Templeton is the training center for the Chosen Ones. This is where Tess will serve in her sister's place. She has vowed never to love, not to allow herself to feel, her heart hardened in a world with little hope. The things she sees and learns at Templeton cause Tess to question everything she has been taught, and when she meets James, a Chosen One who is unlike any other she has ever met, her whole belief system is challenged and put to the test. Love, which was something Tess vowed never to partake in, blossoms in her heart as she and James spend more time together. Their's is relationship that is forbidden, something that wasn't supposed to happen, but yet it does and they must face the consequences. When something is discovered about Tess, about how she is different from all the other females, it forces a plan to be put in motion by "The Resistance," a covert group that is opposes what the Council is doing, but this plan is dangerous, not everyone will survive, and not everyone can be trusted.

Chosen Ones is a dystopian novel set in a bleak world where little hope is given to the human race. It portrays a dark future, one devoid of love, but also one where love will find a way when it seems there isn't one. There is also a science fiction element, that being the creation of the Chosen Ones, a superior race of beings, but they are not as easily "controlled" as their creators intended them to be. The story is filled with conspiracy, murder, betrayal, revolution, and romance in a dark futuristic setting where things and people are not always what they seem. I enjoyed the relationship between Tess and James, and I look forward to seeing where that goes in the next installment of the series. There were several other interesting characters that we get to meet, Henry, a human who was Tess's best friend when she was younger. Then there is Robert, who was her sister's husband, and also the evil George, who is the kind of guy you love to hate. Overall this was an interesting and intriguing story with dystopian, science fiction, and romantic elements, and if you are a fan of these types of stories, then Chosen Ones is something you might want to check out.
 
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alwaysyaatheart | outras 10 resenhas | Mar 27, 2013 |
Chosen Ones is a book that's been on my radar for some time, so when I was asked to review it as part of the pre-release tour for The Naturals, I immediately jumped at the chance. And while it did take a while for me to warm up to our main character, and get completely engrossed in the story, I ultimately came away from Chosen Ones quite satisfied, and eager to see what comes next.

As with most dystopian books, Chosen Ones tells the tale of a US that's been decimated by a third World War. Instead of one large country, we instead have two separate factions on each of the coasts, with a sort of wasteland where the Midwest once was. Not only is the country suffering under immense poverty, but women have lost the ability to bring forth life. Because humanity is too tired to fight its own battles, scientists have engineered so-called Chosen Ones, who are able to fight without remorse or feeling, making them the perfect killing machines. Tess, our main character, lives on a Compound where the Chosen Ones are engineered, and is forced to work at the actual facility that houses them after her sister's death. It's here that she meets James, and the book really starts to take off.

"No wonder the council had outlawed books. Stories enabled you to forget your life and your limits. They urged you to reach for a world that was never meant to be yours. There was nothing more dangerous than imagination." - 33%

I do want to commend the author on her world-building. The background and history interspersed into the story via Tess' memories and her father's letters really helps the reader figure out what's going on. At times the book was quite frightening, because it's not completely implausible to see something like this eventually occurring in the (hopefully not near) future. I do wish we'd gotten to experience a bit more of the world, but considering that Tess is confined to the compound and Templeton, that's not really feasible. I hope - considering the events at the end of this book - that we WILL get a chance to dive more into the unknown world in the second installment.

"There's more to this life than what you have settled for. You've crawled so deep inside yourself I wonder if you even know you have a self to save." - 19%

The romance between Tess and James was really well done, and I loved how he slowly got Tess out of her shell. She, understandably, pushes people away and keeps herself closed off, because she's lost pretty much everything in her young life and wants to keep herself from the pain of more loss. This makes her a bit difficult to warm up to, as she's not only detached from her surroundings and the people around her, but also the reader. I loved how, the more time she and James spent together, the more it became quite obvious that she needed him to remember her humanity, and he, likewise, needed her to remember that he was more than just a killing machine. Forbidden romance can so easily go wrong, but I'm happy to report that, in this case, it's really done quite perfectly and I enjoyed every moment.

While a bit slow to get started, and having a main character that takes a while to warm up to, Chosen Ones is ultimately a solid dystopian book worthy of addition to your shelves. There is a bit of cliffhanger at the end of the book, which nicely sets up the sequel. I can't wait to see what comes next not only for Tess and James, but all the others she cares about as well!

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.½
 
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ahandfulofconfetti | outras 10 resenhas | Mar 25, 2013 |
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.
 
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Bookswithbite | outras 10 resenhas | Jun 11, 2012 |
Chosen Ones follows Tess as she tries to navigate through a very grim world. Humans are known as “naturals” and they are also the minority in a society that is trying to be rid of them. They are working towards having a society of “chosen ones” who are genetically created and given special gifts that make them unique. They are also raised to hate naturals and believe it is their purpose to keep control over them. Tess has never questioned what happens to her in life and has always just gone along with the mass belief that the chosen ones are there to save them. She is just going through the motions of life and her sister even remarks:

"You’ve crawled so deep inside yourself I wonder if you even know you have a self to save. Trust me. There’s so much more to this life."

Everything changes though, when she is sent off to Templeton, the place where the chosen ones are housed, she finds a reality she was not prepared for. At first she just tries to shut down like she has done her whole life, but when she witnesses certain events and her supervisor makes a couple of hurtful comments to her, it gets her thinking about who she has become. Her supervisor remarked:

"I asked you because out of all the girls, you are the only one who would see something like that and not care. I knew it the moment I met you. The way you just sat there. Sullen. Self-centered. That’s why you’ll do so well here. You don’t care about anything or anyone.

No. Self-centered? How could I be self-centered when I didn’t even know who the hell I was anymore?”"

It is after this moment that Tess slowly starts to wake up and see the world around her for what it truly is. We follow her on that emotional journey.

While she progresses through this world we also get to read a couple of letters her father has left behind for her. I appreciated these letters woven throughout the book because they filled in the backstory of how the world got this way and the mindset of many of the people. They also help Tess understand her father more, since most of his life he lived with little emotion shown to those he held most dear.

I also enjoyed how Tiffany gets right to the root of the story and does not add a lot of details or fluff. The book jumps from scene to scene with no filler in the middle. This way we get a lot of action and momentum in the plot without it being dragged down by details that do not add substance to the novel.

As for the romance, it had a star-crossed lovers feel to it, much like Romeo and Juliet. Tess is drawn to James because he is different from the other chosen ones and she sees much of herself in him.

"Maybe he didn’t have a soul. But maybe something else made one a human. Maybe us naturals had forgotten what it meant to be one. But this boy, with is questions and insecurities, seemed more human than possible. And it was beautiful."

They are both fascinated by the other because they do not act or think how society has trained them too. They question the world around them and feel a pull toward one another. Being sixteen and never been kissed before Tess does have a hard time with her feelings at first, but slowly she and James learn how to be in the relationship together. It was very sweet an innocent and I really enjoyed watching them together.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the characters in it. It has a sad undertone to it, but it made me stop and think about everything that was happening and appreciate my own world compared to the one Tess has to live in. I look forward to the next book in the series to see what happens to Tess now that her world has been turned upside down.
 
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ABookwormsHaven | outras 10 resenhas | Apr 12, 2012 |
I think the easiest way to describe Tiffany Truitt’s “Chosen Ones” is to simply say that it is fantastic. Seriously, if you haven’t pre-ordered this one yet, you need to do so. Immediately.

The story is about Tessa, a sixteen year old girl, who lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States. Tessa’s world is far from pleasant. In her world, women are considered to be dangerous because they want, because they give into their emotions. With women unable to successfully give birth, due to a genetic mutation, the creators looked to artificial life, creating the chosen ones. The chosen ones (who, of course, are only men), are supposed to fight the war that the naturals lost the will to fight so long ago. But when Tessa is forced to complete her sister Emma’s service at Templeton (after she dies during childbirth), her life will become forever changed.

At first, Tessa comes off as cold and unlikable – which is to be expected when Tessa has been brought up to believe that emotions are a weakness. But as the story moves along and we are able to see Tessa understand herself, as well as the world she lives in, it is nearly impossible to dislike her character. She is tough and she is willing to fight when it seems as though no one else is. Considering all of the loss she has experienced, it would’ve been easy for Tessa to continue to allow herself to shut down. But she doesn’t. She becomes the hope that is needed, and I admire that about her character.

The romance in “Chosen Ones” is so well done. The relationship between Tessa and James is a slow burn. He is a chosen one, and she is a Templeton girl. While Templeton doesn’t care what the chosen ones do to the Templeton girls, actual relationships are unheard of. But Tessa and James are different. He isn’t like the other chosen ones, and Tessa isn’t like the other servant girls. Their relationship isn’t an insta-love situation, something which I am incredibly thankful for. As two outcasts among their own kind, Tessa and James find exactly what they need in one another. It’s an honest relationship that develops between the two characters, and it is wonderful.

But what makes “Chosen Ones” truly amazing isn’t just the strong heroine, or the wonderfully done romance. Its Truitt’s writing. I will gladly read anything that she puts out. With the way that she writes, it is quite easy to lose yourself in her words.

If you’re looking for a new dystopian novel to dive into, look no further than “Chosen Ones”.

This book is absolutely fantastic.
 
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nlsobon | outras 10 resenhas | Apr 2, 2012 |
Another great book with an awesome kick ass character! The world that Truitt has created is dark and intense. Humans are basically slaves to the Chosen Ones, who were created to help humans. But somewhere along the way the Chosen Ones took over and want to make sure humans do not rise above them. When Tess is sent to Templeton to work there, she learns and witnesses what The Chosen Ones are really like. There were some scenes that left me with my mouth open. Some were raw and extreme. Tess stood strong every step of the way though. I really liked that her character stayed consistent throughout the whole book. From reading the blurb you would think that this story has an insta-love, but rest easy when I say it does not. The relationship between James and Tess develops at a very nice pace and it was heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time. James was a confused Chosen One. Everything he has ever been taught about his kind and the naturals (aka Humans) no longer makes any sense to him, and the same goes for Tess. It was nice watching these two grow throughout the book. Every time they were together I was at the edge of my seat thinking “this it, O-M-G they are going to get caught.” I love it when a book does this to me. The only issue I had was the ending of the book and I felt there were some parts that could have been explained a little bit better. The ending felt way too easy and there is a scene (and I can’t really go into details because then it would be a spoiler) where James tells Tess something that I thought would be revealed towards the ending, but it wasn’t and I was left with questions. I know there is going to be a sequel, or at least I hope there is, but I just felt that scene sort of became pointless.Overall, I am so happy I got the chance to read this book and I am really looking forward to the next in the series, or any book by Truitt. It reads at a nice pace, has awesome characters, and it’s very unpredictable, which was a huge plus for me! It was also very suspenseful at times. I really enjoyed it. 4 out 5 stars!
 
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DamarisGCR | outras 10 resenhas | Mar 15, 2012 |
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