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The Chosen One

av Carol Lynch Williams

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In a polygamous cult in the desert, Kyra, not yet fourteen, sees being chosen to be the seventh wife of her uncle as just punishment for having read books and kissed a boy, in violation of Prophet Childs' teachings, and is torn between facing her fate and running away from all that she knows and loves.… (mer)
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I read this in two hours with my stomach clenched the entire time. ( )
  readingbeader | Oct 29, 2020 |
One of the most emotionally wrenching and powerful books I've read in a long while. So much suspense, pain, and horror, and in the end, a little bit of hope. Incredibly done.

Kyra lives within an isolated polygamist sect in the desert, among her many beloved brothers and sisters, and her kind father and his three wives. Kyra doesn't mind her life much; she cares deeply for her family and tries her hardest to be obedient to God. But sometimes, it's too much. Things add up, weighing Kyra down from within. Sins in the eyes of the cruel Prophet that leads the sect.

Kyra reads forbidden novels from the area's bookmobile. She thinks hateful thoughts about the Prophet and his merciless squad of religious enforcers. She sneaks out at night to meet Joshua, the boy she loves and wants to choose for herself. She dreams about running away.

And when the Prophet decrees that it is God's will that Kyra become her uncle's seventh wife, she knows it is the final straw. Everything in her rebels against it, and with it, everything that the Chosen Ones stand for.

Fighting a wrenching internal battle, Kyra must choose between she has been taught and what she feels in her heart, her love for her family or her hatred for what her community does.

Suspenseful, heartbreaking, and terrifyingly real, this novel brings vividly to life the story of one girl within what could be a very real setting. It's not long, and the style is quick, simple, and filled to the brim with emotion. It's easy to believe Kyra's narrative voice, and she carries the story with utterly realistic fear, horror, grief, strength, and joy. Other characters, while described quickly, are fully their own people, and you come to easily love or hate them. Many of the scenes touched me personally, especially the scenes involving books. And the emotions really did get to me; there were scenes where I wanted to hug the characters, wanted to laugh or cry with them; some made me so furious I wanted to punch something. A few times I held my breath worrying for them.

A beautiful, emotional-rollercoaster book, and a very well done portrait into a lifestyle few authors would probably choose to broach. I highly recommend it. ( )
  booksong | Mar 18, 2020 |
This was a random library pick. I was immediately attached to the character of Kyra. Though it was a little drawn out in parts, I was into the story. I hesitate to say I "enjoyed" it, like The Room it is hard to use a work like that with such a disturbing topic. But, it kept me interested and pulling for Kyra right to the end.

I do wish the author would have said more about Patrick at the end. I was still hoping they might find him alive in the end, maybe left for dead. And, I was hoping Joshua might have been there waiting for her somewhere before the end...I'm a sucker for a happy ending. ( )
  Amelia1989 | Jun 10, 2019 |
I have heard about polygamous societies in the US before, but never really thought about them unless some news story made the headlines. This novel is set in one of the remote isolated compounds. While one hopes that this is just another dystopian society novels, the realization is that there are religious and political leaders in our 21st century world RIGHT NOW who control the lives of people by fear, misinformation and threats of violence.
The story was so gripping and emotional that I read it in one sitting. ( )
  ioplibrarian | Aug 26, 2018 |
The Chosen One offers an insightful look into a religious cult and the realistic hold that it has on its people. Carol Lynch Williams suggests sexual abuse through forced marriage, but deals primarily with the physical abuse and the heavy emotional captivity.
I love the main character, Kyra. She is strongly determined, caring, and bookish.
The Chosen One reminded me of Keep Sweet by Michelle Greene, perhaps more than any other book has ever reminded me of another. I imagine that there are certain hallmarks of these cults that would make one similar to the other.
I think that it is important to remember that while The Chosen is written as fiction, these sort of religious cults are real and active today. These woman are often put in a positions where they have to choose whether to stay, or to leave their own children or siblings behind in order to save themselves. It is a horrific form of abuse. These girls are groomed their entire lives, and taught that it is all God ordained. ( )
  StephLaymon | Aug 12, 2018 |
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Kyra's terrible dilemma--escaping her fate means betraying her family--is heartbreakingly real, and the final scenes are riveting and suspenseful.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraKirkus (Apr 1, 2009)
 
Williams’ portrayals of the family are sharp, but what’s most interesting about this book is how the yearnings and fears of a character so far from what most YAs know will still seem familiar and close.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraBooklist, Ilene Cooper (Feb 15, 2009)
 
This page turner will appeal to all readers who enjoy fiction with an important message, combined with suspense and danger beautifully crafted within.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraLibrary Media Connection, Judith M. Garner
 
The cinematic drama of [Alis and Kyra's] lives, not to mention the fact that they'd both feel at home in ''The Crucible,'' is a means to reach a quieter truth, revealing that moment in childhood when you recognize your thoughts as your own and discover forces in the world that your parents cannot -- or will not -- protect you from.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraNew York Times Book Review, Jessica Bruder
 
Williams creates sympathetic characters, and readers will hold their breath right to the end, hoping that Kyra wins her freedom.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraHorn Book Magazine, Chelsey Philpot
 
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In a polygamous cult in the desert, Kyra, not yet fourteen, sees being chosen to be the seventh wife of her uncle as just punishment for having read books and kissed a boy, in violation of Prophet Childs' teachings, and is torn between facing her fate and running away from all that she knows and loves.

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