Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Chosen One

The Chosen One The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Book 15 of 50 for the New Author Challenge
Book 80 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kyra is a 13-year old who is a member of The Chosen Ones. She lives in a polygamist compound, and is the daughter of a third wife. She loves her family and is fiercely loyal to them. But she has secrets from them too: She loves books. And, she loves Joshua.

When the Prophet decrees that Kyra is to become the seventh wife of her 62-year old uncle, she must choose between her faith, her family, and what she truly loves and values.

This book is beautiful and sparsely written. There is so much packed into the words, and so much to read between the lines. I think it is important to remember while reading this book, that it is a fictional polygamist group, and no sect or denomination is implied. But, Williams does not shy away from the tough topics including abuse, jealousy and forced submission.

This is a harrowing yet compelling read that I won't soon forget.

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8 comments:

Holly said...

This one just sounds good.

Veens said...

I have read really awesome reviews about this one! And you second it :)

I am glad you liked ti... I have it on my wish list!

Serena said...

sounds like a book that will stick with you...thanks for the review...I'll add it to my TBR list.

Linda said...

Wow, sounds wonderful. Adding it to my tbr list!

Corinne said...

wahoo! glad you loved it :)

alisonwonderland said...

I hadn't heard of this one before I read your review. It's definitely going on my to-read list!

Thoughts of Joy said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it, too. I wasn't sure about it's validity, but have been assured that it is common behavior in the polygamy sect. I now have some non-fiction accounts of women on my iPod, so I can hear about their experience.

Thanks for linking me, Tricia.

bermudaonion said...

I agree - this was a harrowing read - my heart went out to Kyra. Thanks for the link to my review.