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Chosen Ones Paperback – 19 January 2021
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A hugely-imagined, twisty, turning tale that leads through the labyrinths of magic and war to the center of the heart ― Diana Gabaldon, author of Go Tell the Bees that I am Gone from the New York Times best-selling Outlander series
Roth has pulled off a virtuoso performance, conjuring a stunning thriller/fantasy/sci-fi chimera like nothing I've read before, a story of ex-heroes struggling with the trauma of their past, what it means to have once saved the world, and the dark side of destiny ― Blake Crouch, bestselling author of DARK MATTER and RECURSION
With Chosen Ones, Veronica Roth keeps you guessing: playing with perception, multiverse theory, and the struggles that go along with being 'chosen' to save the world . . . She's created a universe that you never want to leave ― Amber Benson, author of The Witches of Echo Park
An insightful exploration of desire and ambition that also touches on broader societal topics, including celebrity, social media, trauma and recovery ― Charles Yu, bestselling author of INTERIOR CHINATOWN
There's a lot of magic and action to make for a propulsive plot, but much more impressive are the character studies as Roth takes recognizable and beloved teen-hero types and explores what might happen to them as adults. Roth makes a bold entrance to adult fantasy. ― Kirkus, Starred Review
Complex and hard-hitting . . . amazingly written ― Rache's Rambling Reviews
Billed as her first novel for adults, the latest super-readable book by the author of the Divergent series sets out to show that Superheroes have Come of Age . . . [A] breezy, sharply characterized take on what superheroes do after their final battle ― The Times
A thoroughly engrossing read. Sloane is a wonderfully surly protagonist, her teammates are all vividly drawn, the dialogue is a lot of fun and the central mysteries bubble along intriguingly ― SFX
A skilled storyteller, Roth examines issues of racism and responsibility in a well-plotted supernatural thriller ― The Guardian
Roth offers the reader transportation to a rich, well thought out, magical world that also deals with more adult themes around mental health, death, and loss ― The Nerd Daily
Original and very creative ― ThatBookGal Blogs
I, for one, cannot wait to discover what's next for our Chosen Ones ― The Book Wraiths Nook
A thrilling mix of fantasy and sci-fi by the Divergent writer ― The Sun
- Publisher : Hodder Paperbacks; 1st edition (19 January 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529330262
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529330267
- Dimensions : 12.8 x 3.4 x 19.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 170,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I love the universe created by Veronica Roth, once again we meet her characters in Chicago and find real characters with emotional and physical pain that will get you rely to them quickly. You'll love, hate, cry with them, and wish for a second book.
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- Great characters, especially the heroine. I love that they are all heroic yet a little annoying. Matt in particular felt very realistic.
- Lots of twists and turns, some of which I didn’t see coming, which is a nice change.
- It’s supposed to be an adult book, but the ‘chosen’ characters act like teenagers with teen emotions and concerns, being stroppy, impulsive, obsessed with media, issues with authority, scared of marriage, still emotionally coming of age, etc. I would definitely call this a young adult book despite the characters’ supposed ages. No-one in the book is thinking about adult preoccupations like starting a family / building a career / seeing the world etc.
- Some bits are crying out for an editor. Eg a mysterious man surprises the heroine, to quote the book: “‘I didn’t mean to startle you.’ She was glad she hadn’t taken off her bra the night before. ‘Did you follow me here?’ She asked.” Her bra? Wtf? Why is she thinking about her bra given the dangerous situation and why did she sleep in it anyway? Where on earth was the editor on this bit? Sounds petty but one minute I was enjoying a dramatic story and the next I was laughing my head off at the bad prose. Fortunately most of the book is very well written.
- the first third of the book is a fascinating reflection on the theme of coping with the fact that your life has already peaked. (Given extra pathos since the author was so successful so young). The second two thirds of the book are a classic ‘chosen one with exceptional magical ability defeats baddie while loving two hot guys in different ways’ type story. I loved both parts, but am not convinced they fitted together very well. I would have liked to read a climax to the ‘what if you have peaked’ theme. Don’t get me wrong the book climax is great, just has nothing to do with the themes raised at the beginning and I felt that “What if your life has already peaked?” question deserved an answer. (And I suggest the answer would be that you may have peaked at one thing, whether defeating evil villains or writing fiction, but you haven’t peaked at everything, so go try your hand at a new adventure in a new arena whether starting a family or ruling a magical world in a different dimension or whatever.)
- In the final few chapters a lot of information was revealed very fast, I still feel a bit puzzled about some of the backstory/motivation details and will need to reread it I think!
- Much better than most of this genre out there so give it a go.
Unfortunately, the author wrote an absolutely awful main character and an awful first half of the book. I was so close to DNFing, but i carried on, just to see if it got any better. Thankfully, the second half of the book is brilliant and the story /characters etc all get so much better.
3 stars because i still think the plot is genius. (imagine if you could read a novel set a few years after the demise of Voldemort! I would LOVE to read that.)
The thing that main me read The Chosen Ones was the storyline; a group of teenagers saved the world from the Dark One and then we skip forward ten years to see where they are at now. They were victorious and are now idolized by the public as somewhat of a cross between demigods and A-list celebrities. How are they dealing with this? Did they peak too soon? There are references to depression, PTSD, addiction and insomnia. Our narrator is a young woman named Sloane, who, along with her friends, Matt, Ines, Esther, and Albie, were part of a prophesied group who would take on the Dark One. The Dark One is a terrifying figure who creates these events called "Drains," which are basically tornadoes made of magic that literally pull people apart.
Although I finished this book in 2 days, it was a solid struggle and it was a real slow starter. Nothing really happened for ages and then when it did, we are bored with slow magic training sessions that really add no value. The world building was good and I liked the alternative universes with small differences. I agree with one reviewer here about the writing not being great, there is a random comment in the book about a bra that just seemed to not fit at all.
I struggled with Sloane and the third person narration. I had to repeatedly remind myself that Sloane is in her mid-twenties. She spoke and had thoughts like a teenager, I don’t know if this was because this is a YA book or because the characters are less mature than most twenty year olds. Sloane as a character is very good though, she is haunted by the past and is completely selfish about it and her struggle. She feels real, just immature.
I didn’t feel that we got any real questions answered in this book but maybe that is expected when lining up a series.
This book was a ‘meh’ for me and I’m not excited about continuing with the series, so I probably won’t bother. Maybe Veronica Roth just isn't for me.
It started out good but then went off on a weird alternative universe that didn't quite work for me in this instance. I was also hoping for a decent romance in the book and didn't get one. In the end I skimmed the last parts of the book.