Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Dystopia.
Publication : June 12th 2012 by Entangled Publishing, LLC.
What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?
Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.
Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.
But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?
Tess lives in a dystopian world where most women are barren and having a child means death. Since they're not useful for anything else, women basically played the role of slaves for the 'Chosen Ones' - genetically engineered/man-made boys who are the perfect soldiers. They're better than humans in every way and have no imperfections.
According to the counsel, the Chosen Ones were made for the purpose of protecting the naturals from war and any harm, but Tess knows that they can be cruel too. In fact, that's the only thing she knew for sure about them..until she met James, the one boy who sees her for who she is and makes her question everything she ever believed in.
I have been dying to read Chosen Ones ever since I saw another blogger's review and I was so happy when I received the ARC! I started reading it without any preconceived notion about the story and I have to say, it definitely exceeded my expectations. Chosen Ones is unique and stays completely cear of the usual, repetitive dystopian story lines and I found it refreshing.
The world created in Chosen Ones is interesting and the characters are really memorable. Tess may seem plain on the outside but her qualities make her incredibly strong and I can't help but admire her for that. She is someone who has shunned emotions all her life because they make her weak, so to see her character develop and grow over the course of the book was awesome.
I loved that Tiffany Truitt picked James, who's technically a part of the bad guys, as the male lead. The boy gave me butterflies like, all the time. Or maybe it was just Truitt's writing, I'm not sure. James is so, so sweet! As a Chosen One, he was built to be the perfect warrior and yet he questioned his existence. It was gut-wrenching, every time he voiced his insecurities to Tess.
Oh, and I have to add - the Frankenstein references were the perfect touch. They helped me understand James better and empathize with him.
It's a little hard for me to believe that Chosen Ones is Tiffany Truitt's debut novel because the writing is both amazing and beautiful, all at once. Most debut authors lack the well-formed plot and writing style that Chosen Ones has but Truitt is clearly an exception. If you like dystopian YA novels, believe me, you want to read this.
Chosen Ones is wonderfully written, unpredictable and at times, heartbreaking. I loved every minute of it!