Thursday, February 17, 2011

Review - The Chosen One


Title - The Chosen One
Author - Carol Lynch Williams
Genre - Teen/Fiction
Pages - 213

Description (from goodreads)

Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father’s three wives and her twenty brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much—if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her. But when the Prophet decrees that Kyra must marry her 60-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.


The Chosen One is a good look into polygamy and the lifestyle that these type of people live. It follows the story of Kyra, a 13 year old girl who soon learns she must marry her 60 year old uncle, as fortold by the prophet.

Those who do not know anything about polygamy may be a bit confused but the book gives enough detail to figure out what its all about. Many may be turned off by how women are treated in such a society, but it is important to learn about it as it helps you appreciate the life you live outside of the polygamists society of rules, harsh punishments, and (I will say it) brainwashing.

Kyra is not entirely commited though, she questions some things and even goes so far as to read books otherwise banned from the complex and even kiss (love) a boy that was not chosen for her. These acts she believes are the reason she is to wed her uncle, and there is NO way she is going to do that! Kyra is a strong charactor and I liked her immediantly. The other characters were good supporting roles but you really dont learn too much about her brothers and sisters or her parents or even joshua, the boy she likes.

The chosen one has no terrible swearing and no overt sexual themes. There is some disturbing imagry so keep that in mind. The book is one I would recommend, its short and even though it does get a bit preachy and it is not as informative as it could have been on polygamy it is still worth a read.

1 Comment:

  1. Brittany said...
    Great review! I sounds like a good book.
    Happy Reading!

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