Chosen Ones

Chosen Ones

by Tiffany Truitt


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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 knew. Can she stand against her oppressors, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620610008
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 06/19/2012
Series: Lost Souls Series
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.98(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Truitt spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but donfit 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 (donfit 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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Chosen Ones 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
paranormalbookfan More than 1 year ago
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."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So amazing. You won't be able to put it down.
Athena2010 More than 1 year ago
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.
Four More than 1 year ago
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.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
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!
nlsobon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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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Wonderlands_Reader More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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!
princess_sara More than 1 year ago
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.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
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.
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
 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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EmmyDoodle More than 1 year ago
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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This book drew me in and i was hooked! Cant wait to get my hands on the next one!
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
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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