Friday, January 21, 2011
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Title: The Chosen One
Author: Carol Lynch Williams
Description: 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 question them much-if you don't count her secret visits to the Ironton County Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meeting 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 violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.
Oh my gosh, what can I say. This book is incredible and heart breaking. The Chosen One basically takes place in a Mormon cult and some of the things they do in a cult are horrible. In this book, a thirteen-year-old girl named Kyra is destined to marry her sixty-year-old uncle. The story is amazing, but you can't help feel sorry for these people. The characters in this book say that they are doing God's will, but everything they do in this book isn't God's will. It's really sad.
I'm really glad that I read this book because it's really interesting to learn about these type of people, and I'm happy that the book ended well. So I do recommend teens to read this book, but keep in mind that some of the parts in this book are pretty unbelievable.
But if you get past all of those things, the story is very well written and a great page turner. I read this book in six days.
So please, read this book, it's a good one!
Who is your favorite character? Well, there's not a lot of lovable characters in this book, but I would have to say that Kyra and Laura are my favorite characters. But I am a sucker for babies, so I loved Mariah, too.
What did you like about this book? The thing that I liked about this book is that Kyra knew that she had to get away, and also that the book ended well.
What's your favorite part of this book? SPOILER ALERT!! My favorite part in this book would have to be the part when the police arrive, the God Squad is arrested, and Kyra gets to be with someone that understands what she went through.
Romance: There is only a little bit of romance because part of the plot-line is that she falls in love with a boy her age but she is destined to marry her uncle. Her uncle tries to get her to kiss her goodnight, but she won't. She talks and thinks about how she can't let him touch her when they're married. Joshua and Kyra kiss a few times.
Violence: There is some violence in this book, not it's not gory. I think the worst scene was how they punish the babies just because they won't stop crying. They punish them by getting a big tub of ice water, taking the babies clothing off, plugging the babies nose and dunking them under a few times. This was the part that almost made me cry. There are a couple of beating scenes where the girls get beat up for disobeying the Brothers or Prophets. One character is shot and dies.
Drug Use: None.
Language: Just a few "what the hells."
Other: When Kyra and her mothers go into town, they see a girl smoking. Talk of how any other clothing for girls except dresses that cover their whole entire body is from the devil.
This book is a best seller and has been recommend by some of my favorite and best-selling authors, so please read this book and become another person that loves this book.