Title: The Chosen One
Author: Carol Lynch Williams
Amount of Pages: 213
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publishing date: May 12, 2009
Geared Towards: Older Teens
Summary (From front flap): Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is, without questioning them much-if you don't count her secret visits to the Ironton County Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.
But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle-who already has six wives-Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of the violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.
Wdebo's Review: I was so happy when I got this book today!! I totally loved it!!
The paragraphs were there but some were divided up so the writing was very hauntingly poetic. Kyra was an amazing character. Her voice was strong and allowed you to know what she wanted, I was very proud of her. She grew up in this enviorment, this was what she was used to, but she was able to throw that aside and fight for her freedom while other women near her just allowed whatever to happen happen and grumble silently alone.
It was nice to read a book where I could actually think and reflect on life. I wonder what life would be like to live in this culture, we take life for granted, we really need to think more about stuff like this, what would we do, I seriously have no idea what I would do if I was stuck in this kind of place, sure, I was pissed while reading this story (What a good book does to you-lets you hate what it wants you to hate, and love what it wants you to love). and decided I would do whatever it took to get out, but seriously if I grew up there, I probobly wouldn't do that and would just lay down and quietly take what was coming to me, I totally admire Kyra's strength and will.
My favorite character? Patrick, the bookmobile driver. He was such an amazing guy, he would risk his life to save a girl he barely knew, that my friends, is heroic.
The cover is very haunting (Like the book!) the picture has this "The Ring" thing going on and then the hot pink (which usually is muy pretty) but against her pale "Ring" skin, it's scary like some kind of unnatural blood, but I think it captures the essence of the book perfectly, such an amazing cover! Even though it does feel a bit elementary.
All in all, such an amazing book on such an important and contreversial topic. I seriously don't want to get into the topic too much, because if I do I can talk for HOURS about what I believe, which I don't want to do, because a lot of people have diffrent opinions, and it's boring and angry-making (Thanks Scott Westerfield for the gift of "Pretty talk"!) to read about ppl thinking of themselves as the rightest of the right people on a topic that you are against what they are saying.
Songs listened to while writing review:
1 2 3 Mu Tou Ren By: High Volatage Pink [Part of Hey Girl!]
Shining Kiss By: Hey Girl!
Parody/Praise Song/Rap By: K One
Ting Bu Dong By: Mayday
Kai Tian Chuang (Ft. Open Jiang) By: Mayday