Chosen Ones

Chosen Ones

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"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"--
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2020.
ISBN: 9780358164081
Characteristics: 421 pages :,maps ;,24 cm.

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MelifluousView May 11, 2020

I didn't think I'd like Sloan, but the depth of what she was struggling to come to terms with made her a compelling character. When life takes an unexpected turn, the skills she learned as a hero come in handy and as she trusts herself, she makes unexpected but needed decisions.

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brangwinn
Apr 26, 2020

I loved Roth’s Divergent series for young adults, but this adult book left me unimpressed. It’s clear she loves Chicago and its architecture, but it takes so long for this story to get moving. I also bet there are a lot of complaints about curse words—well, people wake up, if you’re worried about what will hurt your young adults’ ears, they already know these words are probably using them. I don’t see how this book earned the publicity it did. Was it just because of her previously written high energy, attention grabbing books?

Chapel_Hill_MaiaJ Mar 03, 2020

Fans who loved Divergent will certainly love this one, too, and readers who aren't familiar with Roth's YA novels will be attracted by her trademark dark explorations of character psychology and big ideas in the midst of nefarious conspiracies and action-packed adventure.

Chosen Ones is a dark sci-fi/fantasy chimera of brokenness and impossible wants, anger and pain, mercy and healing. The premise of this story is compelling in its uniqueness: what happens to the teens who saved the world after the world is saved? How do they live their lives in the spotlight while struggling to overcome the trauma of what they experienced? And what happens when it becomes clear that the world needs saving once again?

This story begins where most end, and I was sold from the moment I read the description. The psychological landscape of these heroes' lives is the forefront of the story, but the real gem of the writing is the world-building. Absolutely believable and effortlessly woven in. When the plot twists and turns, you're swept along for the ride without a second thought.

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