Originally posted on Nicole's YA Book Haven:
Review from April 2nd:
I think the easiest way to describe Tiffany Truitt's "Chosen Ones" is to simply say that it is fantastic. Seriously, if you haven't pre-ordered this one yet, you need to do so. Immediately.
The story is about Tessa, a sixteen year old girl, who lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States. Tessa's world is far from pleasant. In her world, women are considered to be dangerous because they want, because they give into their emotions. With women unable to successfully give birth, due to a genetic mutation, the creators looked to artificial life, creating the chosen ones. The chosen ones (who, of course, are only men), are supposed to fight the war that the naturals lost the will to fight so long ago. But when Tessa is forced to complete her sister Emma's service at Templeton (after she dies during childbirth), her life will become forever changed.
At first, Tessa comes off as cold and unlikable - which is to be expected when Tessa has been brought up to believe that emotions are a weakness. But as the story moves along and we are able to see Tessa understand herself, as well as the world she lives in, it is nearly impossible to dislike her character. She is tough and she is willing to fight when it seems as though no one else is. Considering all of the loss she has experienced, it would've been easy for Tessa to continue to allow herself to shut down. But she doesn't. She becomes the hope that is needed, and I admire that about her character.
The romance in "Chosen Ones" is so well done. The relationship between Tessa and James is a slow burn. He is a chosen one, and she is a Templeton girl. While Templeton doesn't care what the chosen ones do to the Templeton girls, actual relationships are unheard of. But Tessa and James are different. He isn't like the other chosen ones, and Tessa isn't like the other servant girls. Their relationship isn't an insta-love situation, something which I am incredibly thankful for. As two outcasts among their own kind, Tessa and James find exactly what they need in one another. It's an honest relationship that develops between the two characters, and it is wonderful.
But what makes "Chosen Ones" truly amazing isn't just the strong heroine, or the wonderfully done romance. Its Truitt's writing. I will gladly read anything that she puts out. With the way that she writes, it is quite easy to lose yourself in her words.
If you're looking for a new dystopian novel to dive into, look no further than "Chosen Ones".
This book is absolutely fantastic.