Chosen Ones (The Lost Souls #1)
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?
What I really liked about this story was how it makes you think. Where do you draw the line at what's human or not? What is a soul? A while back there was a TV series that dealt with cloning in the future and how they were discriminated against for not being human as they had no souls. CHOSEN ONES had a similar feel especially with how the scientists go about getting the 'perfect' human being with chilling effects.
Tess at first comes across as hard and indifferent to the pain of those around her. It's as if she's sleep walking through life. She describes her world almost matter of factly but this is her coping mechanism in order to survive. She finds herself drawn to James, a beautiful Chosen One. Bit by bit her indifference falls apart and she starts to feel and even hope.
At the beginning the world building feels at times slow but once her heart starts to open up, then the reader feels how something as simple as a choice can be the ultimate defiance. The chemistry between James and Tess builds as her defiance grows. I loved this part of this story with it's futuristic Romeo and Juliet story. We watch as their attraction grows, no knowing if they will share the terrible fate of those in the Shakespeare tale.
Also we find that not is all that it seems within the Compound. With each choice Tessa makes, she also remembers more of what her father did. Pieces fall into place until the shocking climax where nothing is as it seems.
Compelling story of survival & forbidden love set in a dark future where genetically engineered beings are the salvation or fall of society. Where a simple choice can be the ultimate defiance. Forbidden love taken to a whole new level. Can't wait to see what else awaits Tess and James in this gripping dystopian tale.
2. Good tension/chemistry
3. Intriguing premise
Tess is a 16 year old girl, who has been placed at Templeton with her sisters. One thing about Tess is that she has stuck to the rules, she believes what she has always been told. Tess comes across as being so angry, and learning why I did understand. She keeps her emotions to herself, that is until she meets James. He is this gorgeous Chosen One, but he wasn’t like the rest of them though. James thought for himself, he was sweet and shy. Their connection was something that I enjoyed, with music and their reading together.
This flows with ease from the beginning right up till the end, with pieces of the puzzle given a little at a time as to what is really going on. This is a world where woman are thought of as being weak, and are thought to have little purpose and are losing their ability to reproduce. With swift punishment for not following the rules, and the awful treatment of the Naturals, this is one terrifying world Truitt created. We learn a little about outside the compound and it sounds like one rough place too. The letters from Tess’s father gave even more insight as well. There are a few secondary characters that were part of the story, but as the story flowed on they played a much bigger role, all leading up to one major cliffhanger. There are so many questions left unanswered and I am really looking forward to the Naturals.
Chosen Ones is a beautiful story of lies and betrayals, twists that will leave you wanting more and a romance worth gushing over. It is one that I would highly recommend picking up.
ARC received from Entangled Publishing
Release Date: 6-12-2012
Reviewed by: Middle Sis Jenn
The Sisters Say: Charming, Cool and Captivating
Set in a post-apocalyptic America, Chosen Ones follows Tess into the dark world of the chosen ones, genetically engineered superhumans, complete with strength, intelligence, and good looks who are programmed to hate humanity’s downfalls. In light of the war that was destroying the world, Americans put all their wisdom and resources into creating this race meant to protect us, but, will their programmed hatred of us be our own undoing? As Tess falls deeper and deeper into their cruel world, she discovers a conspiracy that will shake the foundation of their world. What will happen when the truth comes out?
I loved the idea behind the Chosen Ones—I mean, who hasn’t at one time or another, wondered if technology would bring forth the end of humanity? Am I being melodramatic here? I’m gonna go with no…after all, if I was the only one who ever ventured into this type of thinking, then we wouldn’t have movies like Terminator or The Matrix, or books like Chosen Ones!!! Technology is both light and dark; and I love when authors bring forth the darkness that can come from too much power in machines.
But, the themes of science are not the best part of the book. For me, the best part was the references to Frankenstein. I might be biased because in my own book that I am currently writing, I also use quotes from Frankenstein. However, I just love that the parallel is there between the ugly and grotesque monster created by Dr. Frankenstein and the beautiful and strong chosen ones. They are completely the opposite in every way—Frankenstein’s monster wanted to be gentle, but through difficult circumstances, he was forced to become a monster. The chosen ones care nothing of gentleness—they are there on a mission and the mission is the only thing that matters. I loved seeing how the two books relate!
If you’re not a person that likes to dissect the different themes of a book, you will still enjoy this book because the characters are great! I loved Tess as a heroine—she’s smart and doesn’t take any flack from anyone. At times Tess is not smart and she finds herself in difficult and dangerous situations—but isn’t that realistic? We don’t always do the smart thing—many times our emotions guide us, and for Tess, her emotions are her guiding light. She might try to suppress them and feel nothing because its easier that way, but I think that shows her true feelings and passions even more. It’s great to watch her grow and learn to love, even when she knows it could bring great pain.
And then there’s James…the blue-eyed, imperfect (because of a small scar) chosen one who will completely steal your heart. He struggles with his true nature, and he wants more than anything else, not to be Frankenstein’s monster. The insight we see into him as we get to read his notes on this book are captivating and heart-wrenching. Plus, I love a guy that fights against his nature! He’s not your dark, mysterious and hauntingly handsome ya boy. You know where he stands from the beginning—you see his struggle and his desires all over him, and that just makes me love him more! He’s a sweet-natured, loving guy who was built to be a killer—I can’t wait to see what happens when he’s pushed to his limits.
The only flaw in the book is that the flow can be slow at times. Instead of your steady built up to a climax followed by a resolution, there are quite a few up and down moments…more like multiple hills on a roller coaster instead of one big hill. But, that truthfully didn’t bother me that much. From other reviews, many people are complaining about the lack of background for why the war started, etc. That, again, didn’t bother me that much. I mean, America’s a post-apocalyptic wasteland—and the afterward is where the story lies. So who cares how it got that way??
Tiffany Truitt created a world where nothing and no one can be trusted—where the future is wasting away and freedom is a relic of the past. This debut novel is gut-wrenching and heartfelt, and I can’t wait to find out what’s next for Tess and James. Full of secrets, lies, and betrayal; Tiffany Truitt creates a world where desperate humans become Dr. Frankenstein, creating a monster no one saw coming.