Title: The Choosing (Seer #1; Trilogy)
Author: Rachelle Dekker
Genre: Thriller, dystopian, Christian themes.
How did I hear about the book? I have always been a fiction over non-fiction kinda gal, but I like my fiction to have a purpose, to teach me something. Ted Dekker, who writes Christian thrillers (which are sometimes quite full-on) is my all-time favourite author. This is the first book his daughter has ever written.
If you want to read this book, you have to like suspense, thriller plot lines, your favourite characters dying, dystopian forbidden romance (not as sexy as it sounds), obvious Christian parallels and heads up, just like her dad, Dekker gets a bit gory.
Did I finish the book within the month? Yep.
How many pages did I actually read? All the ones the author wrote on.
Did you enjoy it? I wasn’t ready to. I am a massive Ted Dekker fan, and am aware that family supports family, so I couldn’t be sure if she truly wrote well, or engagingly, or about things that would even interest me. Turns out, writing is a family gift. The story was captivating, well-written and I struggled to put it down between my son’s naps.
Is it easy to put down and pick up frequently without losing track of the idea? I think so! I feel like the plot line could be followed clearly and there weren’t so many details or characters that I would have struggled to keep up with the idea.
Plot explained well Young girl in dystopian city is torn from her family when she is not chosen to live among the elite, sending her to live into a lifeless trade society of ‘unchosen’, ‘unworthy’ women. As the story progresses, she starts to question the law under which the world lives and how she views herself, through a roller coaster of dark and sometimes saddening events.
Plot explained badly Girl not picked to be married, gets sad and is then forced into slavery, essentially. A never-coincidental string of events makes her think twice about the system. Good mix of girl power and the unconditional love of Jesu-…I mean, “Aaron”. *winky wink* (Like Aslan the lion in Narnia, amiright?)
Plot as written on the back of the book Ummm, I only have a kindle version, so the back cover is noooot that interesting. But, on the official Rachelle Dekker website, it says:
“Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—would end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.” But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. The whispers contradict everything she’s been told; yet they resonate deep within. Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, but she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.
Reminded me of Divergent, without the confusing story-line and extensive details to remember. Hunger Games, without the death of all of your children. I’ve never read 1984 by George Orwell but another review on the internet mentioned it had the same feeling as that book too.
Favourite section Right towards the end, it turns into a bit of a rollercoaster, and your heart leaps and crashes several times within just one chapter. I won’t give anything away but: Brilliant. The way it should be.
What I loved about the book The way she writes isn’t confusing to follow. The problem with books based in a dystopian society with new laws and systems is that the new laws and systems need to be explained to the reader. If they are too complex, the reader gets lost and can’t keep up with the expansive world. If they are too simple, the book has a habit of not being intriguing enough and doesn’t escape far enough from this present life to feel like it truly is based in the future. I also liked following the main character’s struggle and the beautiful mix of strength and weakness she brings to the table. She is a well-rounded, questioning, stubborn, interesting character.
Most memorable quote “Chosen simply because you breathe, because you exist, because of who created you. I know this world has led you to believe that your worth is measurable. Life has always told that lie – that you have to work for love or change to be accepted. But the truth is different. Truth has existed before time began, and its message is that because you were born, because you grow, because you take steps, because you laugh, you are loved and worth the greatest sacrifice.”
Would you recommend it/10? Yes, especially if you love the dystopian genre, a little bit real and a little bit unrealistic. Good storyline, easy read, and when you’re done, there’s two more books to follow in the trilogy!
If you don’t believe me…
_ Christy Award Winner 2016 for the Young Adults Category
_ Christy Award Finalist 2016 in the First Novel Category
_Goodreads rates it 4.06/5 stars from 1,668 ratings
_ Amazon.com rates it 4.5/5 stars from 346 reviews
_ Barnes & Noble rates it 4.6/5 stars
_ Katherine rates it pretty top notch for a debut novel/10
See you next month!