Release Date/Version: May 2009/Hardcover
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Age Group: Young Adult
Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is, without questioning them much - if you don't count her secret visits to the Ironton County Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.
But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle - who already has six wives - Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.
The Chosen One didn't meet my expectations. That being said, the book wasn't terrible. It just wasn't great. Kyra's tough journey held me all throughout the book, but I was equally turned away by some of the other characters and the pace of the book. I felt for Kyra and her need to run, as well as her wish to stay with her family. I absolutely despised some of the other characters, like her uncle and the Prophet, for obvious reasons. What they did to everyone was so cruel and unnecessary that it made the book hard to read. There were, however, some genuine, caring characters in this book that I really enjoyed.
One of my problems with this book was the pace. The climax took too long to reach, and once you got there, there was only about 15 pages left in the book. Basically, the exciting part wasn't long enough and all of the events leading up to it took too long. I felt that story never reached a complete end. You never found out what happened to the other characters and I was really looking forward to the other characters' endings. The ending seemed too rushed, like the author had to meet a deadline. The Chosen One was just depressing. One of the characters I really enjoyed wasn't seen again after about 2/3 of the way through. I was especially mad about what happen to them. It made it seem as if all hope was gone for Kyra.
Now don't get me wrong, there were things wrong with this book, but there were also good things. I enjoyed Kyra, Joshua, Patrick, and Kyra's father. I thought I would especially dislike her father because he had three wives, but he really is a good person. The Chosen One offered romance and action, and although it could be a little slow, the main premise kept me reading.
Overall: Kyra's journey is a tough one to read about, but it was a though provoking story with some great characters.
My advice: Borrow this book from the library or a friend. For me, it's not worth spending the money on a new hardcover book.