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I loved the idea behind this book certainly but not the execution. I felt the book to be flat and boring and I struggled to continue reading every time I picked it. Finally today I forced myself to finish this book. And if you're wondering why the 4 ⭐, that's coz parts of this book were exceptionally thought and parts of this were just lame and I felt to credit the exceptional ones. The book did not end in a cliffhanger and I sure feel this could've been a standalone. But looks like there's another one coming. Not hoping much to expect out of it given the completeness of this book.
Name: The Chosen Ones Author: Veronica Roth Genre: YA, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller, Supernatural Age: +8
Review: Veronica Roth never ceases to surprise me. She returns with a YA Supernatural Thriller novel, an exciting and thrilling story which mystifies the reader's and keep them devoured in the book.
The story revolves around the five Chosen Ones, the five people who were prophesied to defeat the Dark Lord. It has been years since the Dark Lord had been defeated. The story is told from the perspective of Sloane, one of the Chosen Ones. She struggles to live normal life and tries to evade the fame they received for their feat. After all these years, she still can't move on, especially since the Dark One still haunts her in her dreams. A mystery shrouds upon Sloane and the defeat of Dark One. Mysterious events take place all around the world. Dark Lord's followers rise against the Chosen Ones. The government works to create magical weapons which could unravel the mystery of these events. Sloane refuses to take any part in this, but Albie joins in this venture. With the death of Sloane's closest friend, Albie, she turns back to magic. Drowned in grief with their losses, the Chosen Ones find themselves in another dimension, where they realise that the dark reign of the Dark One never really ended.
The storyline has been written alternatively from Sloane's POV and official documents containing information related to the story. The story has been divided into different parts. The first part of the story has alot of HP's vibes; prophecy, chosen one and the dark lord. I really liked that the story begins after the defeat of the Dark One, which kind of breaks down the traditional storyline.
I enjoyed this a lot and will probably reread it sometime. Random thoughts...
- Great characters, especially the heroine. I love that they are all heroic yet a little annoying. Matt in particular felt very realistic.
- Lots of twists and turns, some of which I didn’t see coming, which is a nice change.
- It’s supposed to be an adult book, but the ‘chosen’ characters act like teenagers with teen emotions and concerns, being stroppy, impulsive, obsessed with media, issues with authority, scared of marriage, still emotionally coming of age, etc. I would definitely call this a young adult book despite the characters’ supposed ages. No-one in the book is thinking about adult preoccupations like starting a family / building a career / seeing the world etc.
- Some bits are crying out for an editor. Eg a mysterious man surprises the heroine, to quote the book: “‘I didn’t mean to startle you.’ She was glad she hadn’t taken off her bra the night before. ‘Did you follow me here?’ She asked.” Her bra? Wtf? Why is she thinking about her bra given the dangerous situation and why did she sleep in it anyway? Where on earth was the editor on this bit? Sounds petty but one minute I was enjoying a dramatic story and the next I was laughing my head off at the bad prose. Fortunately most of the book is very well written.
- the first third of the book is a fascinating reflection on the theme of coping with the fact that your life has already peaked. (Given extra pathos since the author was so successful so young). The second two thirds of the book are a classic ‘chosen one with exceptional magical ability defeats baddie while loving two hot guys in different ways’ type story. I loved both parts, but am not convinced they fitted together very well. I would have liked to read a climax to the ‘what if you have peaked’ theme. Don’t get me wrong the book climax is great, just has nothing to do with the themes raised at the beginning and I felt that “What if your life has already peaked?” question deserved an answer. (And I suggest the answer would be that you may have peaked at one thing, whether defeating evil villains or writing fiction, but you haven’t peaked at everything, so go try your hand at a new adventure in a new arena whether starting a family or ruling a magical world in a different dimension or whatever.)
- In the final few chapters a lot of information was revealed very fast, I still feel a bit puzzled about some of the backstory/motivation details and will need to reread it I think!
- Much better than most of this genre out there so give it a go.
When i first read the blurb, i thought what a fantastic idea. A group of teens save the world from "The Dark One" and then skip forward ten years. How are they dealing with life now? References to depression, PTSD, insomnia. And then one of the teens die.
Unfortunately, the author wrote an absolutely awful main character and an awful first half of the book. I was so close to DNFing, but i carried on, just to see if it got any better. Thankfully, the second half of the book is brilliant and the story /characters etc all get so much better.
3 stars because i still think the plot is genius. (imagine if you could read a novel set a few years after the demise of Voldemort! I would LOVE to read that.)
I’ve found myself at a bit of hit and miss with Veronica Roth previously, I have only read her Divergent series and I ended up at a medium 3 stars for that, so it was with some trepidation that I started The Chosen Ones.
The thing that main me read The Chosen Ones was the storyline; a group of teenagers saved the world from the Dark One and then we skip forward ten years to see where they are at now. They were victorious and are now idolized by the public as somewhat of a cross between demigods and A-list celebrities. How are they dealing with this? Did they peak too soon? There are references to depression, PTSD, addiction and insomnia. Our narrator is a young woman named Sloane, who, along with her friends, Matt, Ines, Esther, and Albie, were part of a prophesied group who would take on the Dark One. The Dark One is a terrifying figure who creates these events called "Drains," which are basically tornadoes made of magic that literally pull people apart.
Although I finished this book in 2 days, it was a solid struggle and it was a real slow starter. Nothing really happened for ages and then when it did, we are bored with slow magic training sessions that really add no value. The world building was good and I liked the alternative universes with small differences. I agree with one reviewer here about the writing not being great, there is a random comment in the book about a bra that just seemed to not fit at all.
I struggled with Sloane and the third person narration. I had to repeatedly remind myself that Sloane is in her mid-twenties. She spoke and had thoughts like a teenager, I don’t know if this was because this is a YA book or because the characters are less mature than most twenty year olds. Sloane as a character is very good though, she is haunted by the past and is completely selfish about it and her struggle. She feels real, just immature.
I didn’t feel that we got any real questions answered in this book but maybe that is expected when lining up a series.
This book was a ‘meh’ for me and I’m not excited about continuing with the series, so I probably won’t bother. Maybe Veronica Roth just isn't for me.
I originally purchased this because I enjoyed the Divergent series and was looking for a book like the Umbrella Academy series, after watching the Netflix series.
It started out good but then went off on a weird alternative universe that didn't quite work for me in this instance. I was also hoping for a decent romance in the book and didn't get one. In the end I skimmed the last parts of the book.
Loved this book - really clever concept, brilliantly done. Sloane is the perfect anti-hero and the style of the narrative, interspersed with data from other locations and time lines, is fast moving and cleanly done. The twists are unpredictable, but work well - and the end result is immensely satisfying. I stayed up way, way too late reading this. You will too...
Great read. Good twists and turns and unexpected turns. Explores what actually happens in a story after the “happily ever after” - might not be so happy after all! The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars, was quite simply there were a lot of unanswered questions and a little too much unnecessary historical context. Otherwise - the story was great, the characters had depth, and some key political issues were addressed if not at least mentioned.
Great book. First that I have read from this author. Loved the main character Sloane and the twist of an epic fantasy type tale told in a version of the current day. Felt story dipped slightly with the major location change but was still entertaining. Story is complete on its own but loved the main character enough that I hope she returns somehow in future works.