The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams Review

Friday, January 8, 2010 |
Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father’s three wives and her twenty brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much—if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her. But when the Prophet decrees that Kyra must marry her 60-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. -Goodreads

I read this entire book last night. The first sentence immediately pulled me in, "If I was going to kill the Prophet," I say, not even keeping my voice low, "I'd do it in Africa."
From there the you board an emotional rollercoaster. I was completely enraptured, and yet horrified, disgusted, and incredibly saddened at the same time. It was hard not to feel inwardly broken- Kyra's situation was so exasperating. It was easy to become invested in her well-being.

I applaud Williams for taking on such a touchy subject, and being able to write it in such a spectacular way. The storyline moved quickly; the sentences were sparse, yet incredibly well-written. I only had a few minor mishaps with the flashbacks; there were some spots that I was a little confused as to whether it was taking place in the present or not.

This is a quick, yet thought-provoking read. I was incredibly impressed.

Rating: 9.5/10


Lauren said...

Wow. I've wondered about this one, and actually it sounds well worth checking out. Thanks for the review!

Rhiannon Hart said...

Thanks for reminding me about this one (and telling me it's good!) I'll have to buy it. Glad you liked it so much.

MichieBee said...

Thanks for the great review! I've been wanting to read this book since its release but just haven't gotten around to it. Can't wait to read it!

~The Book Pixie said...

I have this book on my shelf and need to read it. So glad you liked it and thanks for the review. :D


Nina said...

Sounds like a wonderful book to read. The cover is great.

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