Chosen Ones

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Life is bleak but uncomplicated for sixteen-year-old Tess, living in a not-too-distant future where the government, faced with humanity's extinction, created the Chosen Ones, artificial beings who are extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

When Tess begins work at Templeton, a Chosen Ones training facility, she meets James, and the attraction is immediate in its intensity, overwhelming in its danger. But there is more to Templeton than Tess ever ...

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Overview

Life is bleak but uncomplicated for sixteen-year-old Tess, living in a not-too-distant future where the government, faced with humanity's extinction, created the Chosen Ones, artificial beings who are extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

When Tess begins work at Templeton, a Chosen Ones training facility, she meets James, and the attraction is immediate in its intensity, overwhelming in its danger. But there is more to Templeton than Tess ever knew. Can she stand against her oppressors, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

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“A tense, thought provoking, highly evocative read that stirs every emotion, Chosen Ones is un-put-downable, and a must for Dystopian lovers.” ~ Trisha Wolfe, Author of DESTINY'S FIRE

“The ending of this book shattered my heart and I am really anxious for the next installment.” ~ Suzanne, Paranormal Book Fan

“Tiffany wrote a beautiful story with such emotion my heart felt like it was soaring in some areas and breaking in others! She captured everything I was looking for and I can’t wait to read book 2!” ~ Jaime, Two Chicks on Books

“This debut instantly takes Tiffany Truitt to the top of the Dystopian top reads list. You won't want to miss out on this ambitious story.” ~Winter Haven Book

“…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.” ~ Nicole’s YA Book Haven

“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.” ~ Damaris, Good Choice Reading

“Tiffany creates a world that is believable and unique. Tess is a kick butt kind of a character that grows with the struggles she has to go through and you can’t help but love her for it. James is a boy with a heart like no other, who feels deeply and loves completely. When I got to the last pages of the book, I sat there staring at the blank page, willing it to turn into book two!” ~ Valia Writes Things

“It was phenomenal, breath-taking, heart-pounding and epic! The storyline will leave you speechless and the romance will leave you breathless! ~ K-Books

“Full of suspense, danger, drama, and even forbidden love thrown in, Chosen Ones was everything I had expected from the book blurb.” ~ Pages from my thoughts

“…what makes Chosen Ones truly amazing isn’t just the strong heroine, or the wonderfully done romance. Its Truitt’s writing . . . If you’re looking for a new dystopian novel to dive into, look no further.” — Book Haven

VOYA - Sherrie Williams
In the midst of a second American Civil War, nearly all pregnancies end in the death of both mother and child. In need of soldiers, the government creates a breed of warriors in the lab. Called the Chosen Ones, they are handsome, strong and gifted. Once created, they stay in suspended animation until their teen years, when they begin intensive training in academics, the arts, and fighting in the war. Tess, a fifteen-year-old “natural” born before the world changed, begins her mandated service in their training center. She becomes close to a Chosen One named James who is different, both in his scar defying the perfection of his kind and in his growing love for Tess--a love that is forbidden and dangerous to them both. This debut novel (the starter in a projected series) concludes with a dramatic cliffhanger that will draw readers back for the second volume. The character development among the central characters is rather thin, and readers may struggle with a great many peripheral characters flooding into the story, to the point that, at times, it is difficult to keep them (or their shifting motives and allegiances) straight. The romance that is the heart of the book emerges with little plot development to justify the drama and proclamations of young love that follow. Some readers may find this book to be melodramatic, but it will appeal to teen readers with a taste for seemingly doomed dystopian romance. Ages 12 to 18.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620610008
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Series: Lost Souls
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 367,358
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author


Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Truitt spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of one McDonald's and Banana Rats (don’t ask), she has been obsessed with traveling. She recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book).

Besides traveling, Truitt has always been an avid reader. The earliest books she remembers reading belongs to The Little House on the Prairie series. First book she read in one day? Little Women (5th grade). First author she fell in love with? Jane Austen in middle school. Truitt spent most of her high school and college career as a literary snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow” or outside the “classics.”

She began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Truitt is proud to call herself an educator and Young Adult author. 

She received her MA in literature from Old Dominion University. Her debut Chosen Ones, first in the Lost Souls trilogy, is a searing look at what it means to be other and how we define humanity, as well as a celebration of the dangerously wonderful feeling of falling in love.

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    World war 4 has decimated the United States. Tess lives in a com

    World war 4 has decimated the United States. Tess lives in a compound in the West with a group of naturals. The Easterners and Westerners are constantly at war due to disagreements in the way to re-establish the country. Women can no longer have children and men are being killed at war. The government begin a Council of Creators to build a new race who will live on when the human race has died out. They are physically stronger and faster than humans (naturals), and they are trained to fight against the Easterners. They are only creating men, no women.


    When the oldest girl in each family reaches the age of 16, she must go to work at Templeton, the training centre of the Chosen Ones, as a slave for three years. When Tess' older sister Emma dies in childbirth, Tess must take her place.


    Tess has had a hard, sad life. She watched her father be taken away by Chosen Ones and he never returned. Her mother was an alcoholic who killed herself. Her childhood friend Henry, stopped talking to her one day and she doesn't know why. Now she only has her younger sister Louisa, who she was never really close to, and Robert, Emma's husband, who she can barely stand to look at.


    Tess has always stuck to the rules of the Council and plans to never fall in love. She buries her emotions deep and doesn't show her feelings on the outside. But everything changes when she goes to Templeton. She discovers that the Chosen Ones have everything. They are treated like Gods compared to the naturals, who have lost almost everything; books, music and education. The naturals food is rationed. Tess can't remember the last time she had butter and at Templeton she is serving foods she has never even heard of, along with champagne.


    She has always been taught that the Chosen Ones are there to protect the naturals but she realises that this is not the case. The Chosen Ones are taught to hate the naturals and they see them as being beneath them. Life is dangerous for the girls at Templeton. Tess meets James and discovers he is different to the others. They share a love of music and books and spend a lot of time together. But they must be careful not to show their feelings in front of anyone else.


    Tess feels that she can't just stand by and watch what the Council are doing. There must be someone or something who can help them. When Tess' life is in danger, she discovers the Resistance.


    The ending of this book shattered my heart and I am really anxious for the next instalment.


    I really, really liked this. It has to be my favourite dystopian. It is so well written and easy to read even though there is a lot of information involved. Tiffany did a great job at the world building, I could totally envision it. Tess is given letters that her dad had written to her when she was a little girl. Through these, her dad gives us an insight into what was going on with the Council and that he was against it.


    This is a fantastic story of discord, courage and love in the face of adversity. I strongly recommend it.


    "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 brutal war going on right outside our home; we can't afford to be distracted."

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Terrific

    Truitt's work belongs next to other dystopian delights such as 1984, Brave New World, The Giver...her ability to build characters and plot are great. At each new event, I was left aching after a new twist unfolded. I can't wait for her subsequent pieces.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    A well written and intriguing first chapter

    With Chosen Ones, Ms. Truitt has introduced a beautifully written, complex world that tantalizes us with a taste of what will hopefully be just the beginning of a passionate tale of love, loss, betrayal, power, and greed. Dark, brooding, and deep, Chosen Ones harkens to some of the greats of modern post-apocalyptic fantasy with nods to classics of several related genres, everyone from Shakespeare to Gaiman with a bit of S.M. Stirling along the way. She masterfully answers several questions in the plot, while dangling deeper, darker ones for the next installments. This book has something for everyone. At the end, my biggest complaint was that it left me wanting more, and now I have to wait!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    So amazing. You won't be able to put it down.

    So amazing. You won't be able to put it down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    Great read, hard to put down!

    At first when I started reading this book I was not too impressed since there wasn't much details on how everything got started. As the book progressed though I found it extremely hard to put down since I had to know what would happen next. There are still many unanswered questions that will hopefully be answered in the sequel. I would recommend this book. It might take patience in the beginning to read but it is well worth it in the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Awesome story!

    Truitt's dystopian universe, like Hunger Games, sucks you right! The characters are well-developed, the action is nonstop, and the writing will cause you to stay up late to see what comes next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

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    The Chosen Ones is another great dystopian that centers more aro

    The Chosen Ones is another great dystopian that centers more around the romance between the characters of the book. However the dystopian elements are not overshadowed and we get a great deep plot with twists and turns that keep you reading to find out what happens next. The dystopian world is one where humans are becoming extinct because stronger, smarter, and better 'engineered' beings are created to win the war that the humans couldn't win. In this world humans can't marry and the fate of a woman who gets pregnant is death in her birthbed.

    Our protagonist does not believe in love and only has hatred for who does, one being her older sister who married a man and got pregnant and died. She felt betrayed that she would choose a man over her family. Since her older sister isn't alive anymore to take the punishment, Tess ends up working as a maid at the Templeton as a punishment. This is where she meets James and her world turns upside down.

    I loved the relationship between her and James. She is a human, while he was raised to be an emotionless killing machine. He is confused about all the feelings he shouldnt have and his want to something more than war, and she is confused about her new feelings of love. My heart was beating fast whenever they were together, one for the fear of them being found out, and second for the anticipation that they will finally admit their feelings to each other.

    The dystopian elements werent just a setting like so many new 'dystopian' books nowadays, but there is actual conspiracies and hidden revolutionary movements and both the main characters are the catalyst for change. Chosen Ones was intense, heartbreaking, and thrilling; I can't believe that I have to wait over a year (I read this back in February) to get the second book, but the ending? yea, total awesome cliffhanger!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2013

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    I've had my eyes on this book for a while so when I got it for C

    I've had my eyes on this book for a while so when I got it for Christmas, I was over the moon. I've heard such good things about it and was immediately interested after reading the blurb. It sounded like it would be such an amazing, interesting story of a girl fighting against her oppressors. Though there was a lot of positive aspects in this story, there was also some negatives that were hard to ignore.

    The world that Tiffany Truitt wove together is wonderful. There was a lot of little details that added to the realistic setting and made everything all that more memorable. The world was so dark and desperate. Everything was harsh and cold for the naturals and chosen ones that it was very easy to sympathize and feel for these characters.

    Tess has had such a hard life and it's understandable that she would be guarded and cold to avoid the hurt that she has experienced. However, because she was so closed off, it was hard to make a good connection with her as the reader. I felt like we didn't really know her until the second half of the story and that made it pretty hard to get through the beginning. I wish we could have learned more about her. James is a different story. I connected with him right away. He was such an intricate character with so many flaws but he tried so hard to be who he wanted to be, not who he was made to be. He carried me through a lot of the slower moments in the story because he was so interesting.

    I enjoyed the plot a lot, especially toward the end. There was a lot of things to learn about what was actually going on in their world. There was a constant feeling of danger hanging over the story as I read. I never could guess what was going to happen next and it was a lot of fun not knowing where the story was heading. There were a couple slow parts but for the most part, I was at the edge of my seat, enjoying the action and adventure.

    Chosen Ones, though it had its faults, was a good read with a lot of interesting ideas about the future. I had fun reading it and am anxiously waiting for the sequel, especially after that ending!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Incredible story!

    Oh my gosh, I loved this so much! These characters were so wonderfully written and this story so unique, that I read this in less than a day. I cannot wait to read more!

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    This book was sad. But then, how many dystopians can you actuall

    This book was sad. But then, how many dystopians can you actually say were happy. This is a story that felt hopeless most of the way through, until about a quarter left and then the resistance wasfinally came out. The resistance that was in the story was the one thing I was not sure about. I couldn't tell for sure who was in it, what they were doing, and if they would even appear in this book. But they finally did, and that is what made me excited for the sequel.

    Tess is a 16 year old girl that seems to suffer in silence. She is strong and stubborn, but also came across as not having much hope. In her world the oldest natural(real humans) has to work as a servant for the Chosen Ones for a few years as a sort of payment or debt settlement for all the things the council and the Chosen Ones had done for them. After her sister dies while giving birth she is stuck covering the rest of the serving years. And she is going to do this in her own stubborn , rebellious way. She is pretty much angry. Angry at her father and mother. Angry at her sister for marrying and thinking she should try for a baby. And angry at the world really. But she locks her feelings away. Until she meets James, a Chosen One that chnges her world. She finally lets someone get close to her, and learns that all is not as it seems. Her eyes are slowly opened, and she gets to the point of desperation, almost.

    This book was the beginning to a rebellion. A people that has been suppressed and turned almost to extinction. And finally the story was about a revolution and rebellion that is to come. I thought this book was kind of slow, yet still enjoyable. Sometimes it dragged and I would put it down, and other times, especially the last quarter, I found myself unable to put it down. I loved Tess and James' relationship and hope found myself pulling for them and hoping for it to work out. There story is still unfinished, and maybe Tess will go in a different direction, but I look forward to finding out.

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

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    Chosen Ones is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the United

    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 got 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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  • Posted March 24, 2013

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     This was a great dystopian novel!  I would love to see it made

     This was a great dystopian novel!  I would love to see it made into a movie!   Tess tries to be tough and unfeeling, but her walls start to crumble after she meets James.  She is a Natural, and he is a Chosen One.  While the powers-that-be don't discourage contact between the Chosen Ones at Templeton and the Naturals working there, it is understood that any contact they may have is simply a physical relationship.  That there can be no true feelings between the two.    But let me back up.




    When war has taken the life out of the Naturals, they decide to create a race to fight for them, so the Chosen Ones are created.  They are all male, no emotions, fighting machines.  For the first years of their life, when emotional attachments are generally formed, they are kept alive on machines with only videos looped over and over to educate them - to tell them how insignificant the Naturals were and how they are unbeatable. Women especially are viewed as insignificant and what caused the downfall of the human race.  For the most part, they are now sterile and if they try to have children, both they and the child die in childbirth.  This is how Tess comes to be at Templeton.  




    The oldest female child is forced to serve a term at Templeton.  If for some reason, they cannot fulfill that term, then the next female child must finish it.  Tess's older sister Emma, foolishly got pregnant and died in childbirth, so Tess had to finish her obligation at Templeton.  She meets James the first day there and there is immediately a strange attraction between the two.  They know it is dangerous and that they must keep it hidden, as  theirs is not a physical relationship, but one of trust and caring.  If it is found out, they can both be in danger.




    I love how you see and feel their relationship build from the beginning.  How you want to see them together, but you don't know who you can trust.  The author slowly reveals the secrets of Templeton to you and begins to reveal the power of the Chosen Ones.  You learn right along with Tess, so her shocks are your shocks as well.  




    I am so happy that I already have book two, Naturals, to read! It is being released in April, so watch for my review then!

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

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    Not For Me

    Chosen Ones was one of my most anticipated new releases for 2012. Sadly, I wasn't able to finish it. After reading a few chapters, I was completely lost and had no idea what was going on. When I did understand the plot, I couldn't get into it. I was unable to connect with Tess, which made reading difficult. There was no urge to keep reading, no on-the-edge-of-my-seat excitement, and when it wasn't in my hand, I found an excuse not to pick it up. When I did pick it up I found the plot to be slow and not all that captivating. I did try to finish this novel, but after two weeks of trying I didn't have the heart to finish it. If you want to read Chosen Ones, I recommend borrowing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    CHOSEN ONES

    AMAZING BOOK!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Couldnt put it down!

    This book drew me in and i was hooked! Cant wait to get my hands on the next one!

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    This book caused me to lose so much sleep! I could not stop




    This book caused me to lose so much sleep! I could not stop reading because I had to find out what was going to happen to Tess, the main character. Tess has been forced to take on her sister’s sentence and work in the Chosen Ones mansion. Beautiful, brilliant, and the perfect killers, the all male, artificial human army of Chosen Ones protect the Western United States. Since the Fourth World War, the country has been divided. The East and West fight ruthlessly in the shattered Midwest. Worst of all, the women of the world are sterile. Humanity is going extinct.
    Tess tries as hard as she can not to feel. Her goals are to survive and work. These goals change after she meets James, a Chosen One who shares her love of reading and music. The more her relationship with James develops, the deeper she becomes involved in a movement to resist the oppressive West Government. Will Tess escape tyranny?

    I loved Tess’s character. She wasn’t the typical heroine who needed a hero. She maintained a strong exterior while still flirting with romance with love interest James. James was a good character, but did not outshine Tess. He had that charismatic feel about his character. The book focused on these two, but some of the secondary characters were developed well too. The plot was unique. Mass infertility and a dystopic feel will leave the reader fanatically turning the pages. This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Read it!

    Great read for teens an adults alike. Reads like a movie and I really can't wait to read the next one. Tiffany has quite a talent.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    Chosen Ones is a rather ambitious book as it seeks to tackle a n

    Chosen Ones is a rather ambitious book as it seeks to tackle a number of questions and ideas, while introducing readers to an unfamiliar, disturbing future world. This is an ugly, bitter place to live in, particularly for women. And in this setting, Tiffany sets out to explore some fascinating concepts.

    But I found the book to be perhaps TOO ambitious, so that it fell short for me as the first book in a series. I had really hoped for a stronger presentation in regards to themes and dangerous adventure, and found it lacking in a few too many areas and its strengths didn't make that up for me.

    Reasons to Read:

    1.An incredibly twisted, unique post-apocalyptic world:

    The setting of Chosen Ones truly horrified me, as it was supposed to. It's in the midst of complete transformation, as "real" humans are gradually dying off with no means to reproduce, and have become inferior to the "new and improved" humans (a.k.a. chosen ones) who are essentially manufactured people, created by scientists and extremely advanced technology. Books like these are everywhere, but this is a world that I found to stand out among the rest as a very unique (and scary) idea. And because women are unable to reproduce, intimacy of any form between males and females is looked down upon and almost shunned to an extent. So the girls (like Tessa) seem to be fairly naive, which leads to some really creepy and disturbing moments.

    2.Challening ideas and thoughts:

    There are so many struggles within this world, and I was pleased to find that many of them are ideological struggles. It's a battle of IDEAS primarily, and I can tell that Tiffany is very intelligently trying to present some thoughtful questions and to challenge her readers. Humanity versus science. Creator versus the created. Freedom versus choice. What does faith mean? How do you challenge the norms and those in power? How far are you willing to go to fight for what you believe in? These are just as applicable to us even now, and there are no easy answers.

    But this is what I mean by the book really being too ambitious; there was so much potential with where this book could have gone, and I didn't feel that it got there. It seemed like we were trying to have this strong, opinionated and thoughtful book with questioning ideas, and adventure and drama, and some good, tragic romance. And while trying to cover all these bases, I ended up feel like each area was lacking.

    I had a very hard time following most of what was happening in Chosen Ones. The world was so far off and so detailed (yet riddled with secrets) that it was hard to follow what was happening and why it was happening. And nobody really seemed to question any of this; it's glossed over that, in Tessa's lifetime, women were suddenly unable to reproduce anymore. They just stopped. And I'm not clear on this, but it doesn't appear to be a generational thing either and yet no one really questions it. No one seems to find it suspicious or beyond odd- they just accept it and realize that life sucks, and so during Tessa's lifetime women are suddenly blamed for everything. There are a lot of IDEAS but they come across so forcefully instead of being subtlely woven within the story itself. And it seemed like the setting and character were being used as tools to promote an idea, rather than show the implications and results of an idea.

    My friend Christa @ Hooked on Books wrote a very thoughtful blog post discussing why it seems that in future worlds, most books seem to feature a society that looks down on and even hates women. I'm sure for most it's a plot device to feature strong, brave heroines but I had a hard time buying into this idea that within the span of 12 years, women went from having children, and families were there, to suddenly being unable to reproduce and so they're taught that they're weak and emotional and will all seduce men if they're not careful and die because they'll end up pregnant. And birth control is black market, apparently. I just couldn't follow this without more background information, and I'm fairly certain we're being set up for a big reveal later on in the series. But it doesn't make sense for this book.

    The other problem I had wtih this book were the characters. It seemed like there were so many, and they weren't very well fleshed out so I kept forgetting who a person was when a name was mentioned. The story itself is really about Tessa, and it seemed like the secondary characters were there as decoration more than anything. And the dynamics between them reminded me far too much of The Hunger Games in a number of ways. The story itself is drastically different, but the relationships in it? Definitely more than a few similarities. You have a cold and jaded heroine, who distances herself from just about everyone (who is also very important for the political struggle, for some reason). A younger sister she, at times, feels the need to protect from this ugly world (now, that one's usually a given in any sibling relationship). Two boys the heroine is close to - one a childhood friend with a strong desire to fight back agains the establishment, at just about any cost, and a new one who wants to protect her. Plus, a dead father and a useless mother. And I likely wouldn't have picked up on this at all, except that there's a scene where Tessa is watching another character be punished for a crime and she ends up screaming out that she volunteers to take on some of said punishment. That part really reminded me of the Reaping. But the character dynamics just weren't strong enough to make me really care. Without understanding Tessa's motivation, she's just a very aloof character that I couldn't connect with or understand why she acted in certain ways.

    The book is also pretty heavy on the romance, which I didn't entirely buy into. It's far too on and off, and Tessa is such reacts so immaturely and just doesn't learn from the past at all. It felt a little too rushed and chaotic for someone as cynical and cautious as Tessa. And the story really does revolve around the love story. But I do have to say there are a couple of really sweet, totally moving scenes between the two characters. VERY touching moments at times, that I couldn't help but love a little bit. So much swoon!

    There are some pretty great twists by the end too, although the action was completely ignored unfortunately. But I predict more great twists and reveals in the later books.

    But ultimately, I found myself far too frustrated with the majority of the story. I was hoping for there to be something to shine through, but ended up left with very little to show for itself.

    E-galley received from publisher for review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    CHOSEN ONES by Tiffany Truitt, follows Tess, a girl who struggle

    CHOSEN ONES by Tiffany Truitt, follows Tess, a girl who struggles to do what she needs to in desperate times in a desperate place. Inspiring from the beginning to the end, readers will fall in love with the dynamic characters and fast moving plot.

    I LOVED this book. When I first began reading it, I found that it was somewhat difficult to understand some of what was going on. There could have been a little more ease into the main character's world, but once it was figured out it was spectacular! Every aspect of this novel was very original to me and I felt like I hadn't read anything like it.

    I've picked up quite a bit of books in the dystopian genre and Truitt did a spectacular job at WOWing me. Her world was so unique. Bringing in artificial beings that are superior to the struggling natural humans. The infertility that spread across the lives of the characters brought a harsh and original tone to the story. I loved the focus on reading and books. As a book junkie it added so much to the story!

    I loved the characters, from start to finish. There is no question in regards to the characters. They all had a wonderful dynamic and I found them so real, I wanted to reach into the book and help them. The tension between the main characters Tess and James is outstanding! I could feel their frustration in me! The background characters, that are sure to play a bigger role in the future excite me. I cant wait to learn about more characters.

    Tiffany Truitt constructed a beautiful and tragic story of love and betrayal, growing and learning. I was able to feel what these characters were feeling and understand them. I enjoyed reading this book immensely. Well done, I'm hooked.

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

    Could truly go either way.

    Though I have grown a bit tired of it over time, I am still a big fan of dystopian books, and will give most any young adult dystopian that’s tossed my way a chance. That said, when I found out about Chosen Ones, I was very eager to find out which futuristic nightmare of a world Tess would occupy. What I found was a bit different, but not enough to really consider it completely unique.

    In Tess’s world, the United States of America has split in half, with a west side, an east side, and a vast nothingness in the middle. Tess lives in a building with many other families on the west side. Soon, Tess must begin work at Templeton, which is home to government-created humanoids who are supposed to protect the humans. The whole concept was very interesting, but it never kept me fully connected or hooked. I will definitely want to read more of the Lost Souls books, though, because I am interested enough in this world and characters to want to know where this story goes.

    Tiffany Truitt is an author who has great skill, and I’d love to read more from her. Chosen Ones is a great debut, and I can only see things getting better from here. When she continues this series, I will be first in line to get myself a copy of the sequels, because like I said, I want to see where this story goes.

    Tess was a strong character, though she did have her faults. I actually liked her relationship with James, and their forbidden romance was a thrill to read. For the most part, the characters in Chosen Ones are dimensional, though sometimes hard to connect to.

    Truthfully, I could go either way with Chosen Ones. While it is a book I would recommend, it isn’t an absolute favorite of mine. There’s both good and bad when it comes to Chosen Ones, but I’d say that the good outweighs the bad, and I definitely want to continue this series.

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