***ARC received by Entangled Teen for review***
I received an ARC of this book months ago for this blog tour. Unfortunately, the book release date and blog tour got pushed back and so I put off reading it until closer to the blog tour date. Now after reading this book, I really wish I would have read it as soon as I got my hands on it! Dystopias used to be one of my favorite genres, unfortunately a big problem I had with them was that they were at times too bleak and depressing and most of them didn’t focus on a love relationship (which is a huge thing for me). Because of this, I was in a bit of a dystopia funk and the last dystopia I attempted to read was a DNF for me (The Lost Code). I was a little bit nervous going into this book, but I was immediately intrigued with the 1st paragraph and I knew this book was going to be different.
Women have lost the ability to give birth and are dying along with their unborn babies. As a solution for the dying race, the council as created the chosen ones, artificial beings with special abilities. But the council and the chosen ones are keeping secrets. Will these secrets help the dying human race or will it only succeed in further destroying them?
Although Tess comes off as cold and heartless at first, I can understand why she feels this way. After losing her sister she feels that love equals a death sentence and she vows to never let herself get close to anyone or care for them. When she begins working at Templeton, she meets James who is a chosen one. Tess is normally afraid by the chosen ones because they are not natural beings and they are too perfect. But when she notices that James has a scar on his chin, she is immediately intrigued by him. She wants to know why he isn’t perfect like the others and what he did to get the scar. James isn’t like the other chosen ones, he actually acts like a human which leaves him feeling conflicted and at times is hot/cold towards Tess. Soon, all of Tess’s reservations about love go out the window as she and James start an intense and dangerous relationship.
While this is a dystopian story, Tiffany does an amazing job of balancing the problems in society with a beautiful romance. I have to admit that certain aspects of this book reminded me of Partials by Dan Wells but with its own unique twist. Although the beginning starts immediately pulls you in, it slows down a bit the first couple chapters but really picks up after that and leaves us with a shocking cliffhanger that puts its sequel, Naturals, one of my most anticipated sequels of 2013. Chosen Ones is a fascinating new dystopia world full of secrets, lies, and betrayals all mixed in with a hot and intense romance!
4.5 out of 5 sparkly stars!
Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from Chosen Ones:
-To feel was beyond dangerous.
-Didn’t they know this thing was pointless? I couldn’t understand why anyone got married anymore. It wasn’t a commitment. It was murder.
-Death was expected. There were no exceptions.
-The illusion of choice was all-important. Some people just didn’t realize that choice doesn’t necessarily mean freedom.
-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 an imagination.
-Maybe it’s better to live in a world you don’t understand, because if you understand it, it becomes unbearable.
***Interview with Tiffany Truitt***
Thanks for hosting me today J I am excited to be a part of Mostly YA Book Obsessed.
1. How many books do you have planned for your Lost Souls series?
It’s a three book series. I feel comfortable that the story can be told in that amount of books. I hate a series that drags out a story.
2. What 3 words would you pick to describe Tess and James?
Tess – angry, determined, survivor
James – introspective, trapped, hopeful
3. What is your favorite non-spoiler quote or scene from Chosen Ones?
The room was a mixture of browns and greens, marble floors and wood. Rows and rows of books covered the walls. A leather couch with giant olive green pillows sat next to the end table. And then I saw it. I went still.
My aching fingers grazed the keys, and then I quickly pulled my hands back from the slick coldness. I considered touching it again. It might help to block out thoughts of the many things I had lost. It would be like medicine.
I gently, hesitantly, pushed down a key. It quivered slightly under my touch. The hair on the back of my neck shot up, and my skin tingled. I imagined this was what it felt like to fall in love. In that moment, I was ready to fall.
I repeated the same movements over and over again, playing the only song I could recall. The song my father had taught me. How long had I been here? I couldn’t tell. Somewhere in the middle of my dark euphoria, I heard it, a quiet, intruding noise that stirred my senses from their hypnotized state and made me freeze in place. I had trained my instincts to be sharp. Never as sharp as a chosen one’s, but useful all the same.
Someone, or something, had cleared his throat.
I was aware of him behind me. I could hear him breathing. From that noise, I tried to determine my fate. Did it sound angry? Disgusted? I couldn’t move as I heard the noise of steps getting closer. I knew I wouldn’t be able to escape—not because my body wouldn’t work. Not because I wasn’t brave enough to make a run for it. I couldn’t leave the piano.
That was when I saw him. It was the chosen one from my branding. Not the one who held me down as the iron burned into my skin.
This was the one who was beautiful.
4. If you could go on a date with one of your favorite fictional characters, who would you pick and why?
I am currently finishing up the first draft of the sequel to Chosen Ones called The Naturals. I get to introduce a lot of new characters in this second installment. One of my favorite characters is named Lockwood. I guess if I had to date one of them, which feels a bit weird as I’m the one who created them, he’d by my choice. He’s a lot of fun, open-minded, and doesn’t take life too seriously. But if you needed him, he’d be there for you in a second.
5. If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
Ha. Great question. I think it would be called Mixed Metaphors. It’s been a very interesting and slightly crazy year. Plus, the lit nerd in me would love a title like that.
6. WhatTV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
A lot. I am quite the pop culture junkie. Right now, I’d have to say it would be Dawson’s Creek. Darn that Netflix.
7. If you could jump into a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
Any Jane Austen novel.
8. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m kind of an open book. I guess one of the coolest things is that last summer I climbed the Great Wall of China. It was pretty epic.
9. Describe your book in 10 words or less…
Thrilling and thought-provoking dystopian which echoes the classics.
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About Chosen Ones
The Lost Souls, book 1 hitting bookshelves June 10, 2012 from Entangled Publishing!
I pushed down a key. The hair on the back of my neck shot up, and my skin tingled.
I imagined this was what it felt like to fall in love.
In that moment, I was ready to fall.
Life is bleak but uncomplicated for 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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About Tiffany Truitt
Tiffany Truitt is an 8th grade English teacher in Suffolk, Virginia. When she’s not traveling the world, she enjoys reading, writing, and obsessing over coffee. Lost Souls: Chosen Ones is her first novel. Find out more about Tiffany Truitt at her Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
About the Author
Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany 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 McDonalds and Banana Rats (don’t ask), she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book).
Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. The earliest books she remembers reading belong to The Little House on the Prairie Series. First book she read in one day? Little Woman (5th grade). First author she fell in love with? Jane Austen in middle school. Tiffany 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.”
Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom. She currently teaches the following novels: The Outsiders, Speak, Night, Dystopian Literature Circles: The Hunger Games, The Giver, The Uglies, and Matched.
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