Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Thoughts on The Chosen One

Yesterday I finished reading a book. So, having some more time on my hands, I grabbed another one from my TBR pile - The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams. I started it, not expecting to totally fall in love with it. But that's what I did.

The Chosen One is about a fourteen-year-old girl, Kyra, who lives in a polygamist cult compound with her father, mother, her father's two other wives, and her twenty siblings. Basically the inciting event of the novel is when the leader of the compound, Prophet Childs, tells Kyra that God has shown him a vision, and that Kyra must marry her sixty-year-old uncle Hyrum.

Yeeeeah, this book is pretty intense.

Carol Lynch Williams' writing is AMAZING. I recently read her newest novel, Glimpse, which is a verse novel that I really loved and that's the reason I picked this one up. I was expecting The Chosen One to also be a verse novel. It isn't, but Williams' writing style and Kyra's voice are so poetic and so deeply descriptive that they sometimes break the mould of traditional narrative and turn into short bursts of raw crazy poetry.

This book was so engaging, so emotional and suspenseful that I finished it in a couple hours. I haven't done this in a very, very long time.

This book is absolutely amazing, I just want to lend it to everyone I know!

5/5, easily!


  1. cool! I'v ordered this one and i should get it this week. sounds absolutely brilliant and am now even more excited since your review!

    i love verse novels as well, so i'll probably end up reading glimpse (especially if i love this one)

    Great review :D