Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Review: "The Chosen One" by Carol Lynch Williams
My Thoughts: This was such a sad book and even though it ended on a hopeful note, it still was heart-breaking. The picture that the author paints of a religious compound run by crazy zealots is shocking even more so by the fact that the inhabitants of the compound were left so powerless to do anything to better their situation. Kyra is an amazing character; she is tough, smart and curious. Even though it is forbidden, she still visits the book mobile and reads in secret and the strength it took to do this was remarkable. She survived beatings and other horrible events but still doesn't let it break her. This book was suprising in that I never thought I would see a Young Adult book written about polygamy and fundamentalists but I have to say the story was well executed. The writing is excellent: there are times where you can almost feel the fear emanating from the characters as their lives are dictated by the 'Prophet' and his God squad. This was a fascinating read. 4 stars.