The Chosen Ones
John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
April 7th 2020
The first novel written for an adult audience by the mega-selling author of the Divergent franchise: five twenty-something heroes famous for saving the world when they were teenagers must face even greater demons—and reconsider what it means to be a hero . . . by destiny or by choice.
A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.
Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended.
I received an advance review copy for free from NetGalley, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
I am a fan of Veronica Roth and have read the first book in her Divergent series and completely fell in love with her and her writing. However the problem here is since she finished writing those novels and moved on I just can’t seem to like anything else she is writing. I feel like I might be just comparing her recent books to the Divergent Series. I feel bad but I just can’t seem to enjoy her latest books.
Chosen Ones is no exception to this. I actually really struggled with this book. Right from the beginning I was just pushing myself through it, not completely enjoying the book at all. You can tell this because I have had a copy of this book since February, that is how long it has taken me to read it.
Don’t get me wrong Veronica Roth is a very talented author and everything she wrote in this book came together near the end and that just wasn’t good enough for me. I didn’t like they way she had written it.
She picks on some very hard subjects and she writes it good but I just don’t really know how I feel about it. The psychology of the book was a good take but the plot did nothing for it. Yes I got what she was talking about but it just didn’t work for me as an author.
I really wish I had good things to say about this book but I can’t.