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Carrington is not your forest-survivalist who wields guns and saves the world. Thank heavens! She's, you know, average (like me), confused about self-worth (like me), trying to follow dreams (like me), and realistic.
You're worthless. You need to be skinnier, taller, buffer, funnier, smoother...
That's the world's message to us. But <i>The Choosing</i> goes in-depth in attacking these lies and reminding the reader of the truth -- that we are made perfect in Christ. That we are created the way we are simply because it pleases God. This is the strongest aspect of the book, which means the author did her job. I read a book to be impacted. I'm not just an entertainment reader. And this message will stick with me long after. Thank you, Rachelle Dekker.
We had two plots tangled with each other -- the external plot (ah! Serial killer on the loose!) and the internal plot (Carrington, you're not worthless!) Since I already tackled the inner plot up above, I'll focus on the external plot here (Yeesh! My editor-talk is coming out. *reels it back in*) I'll admit, I felt like the external plot was fairly cliche until 3/4 of the way through the book. It felt like a typical bare-bones thriller story placed in a dystopian setting. That's not bad. I like typical thrillers here and there, but it just seemed a little weak when set against the stronger inner plot.
I didn't get immersed in the world until about halfway through and, even then, it wasn't full immersion. It never came alive for me -- there were tastes of the culture and the greatest focus went into the politics of the culture, but it didn't feel...immersive (how many times can I use this word and get away with it?) My opinion. I hope it's not the same for other readers. :)
Aaron = favorite
Dobson = awesomesauce
Carrington (main character) had an incredible arc of growth throughout the story. I ached to see her broken, but I understood why she reacted the way she did because of the culture she grew up in. The ending was bittersweet, but more on the sweet side. :) I also really liked Remko and appreciated his stutter -- way to represent, Remko! :)
The only things I wasn't too fond of was a little bit of insta-love. I get that Carrington was grasping out for any flicker of kindness so, her instant attachment to Remko (who, like any good love-interest hero, came to the rescue in several awful situations) made sense. But there was a little too much "deep staring" into each other's eyes, and stomach-flips in the mere presence of each other. I never could completely put my finger on why they had such insta-love. It didn't feel natural to me. Still, I cheered for them! :D
Aaron — aka “the Jesus figure” — stuck with me from the first moment I met him. Every time he showed up later had me excited and joyous. He was fun, wise, and an all-around non-cliched likeable character.
The writing was incredibly simple, which made for a fast read. Someone compared this book to Cassandra Clare's writing, and I'd have to agree (though I only ever made it halfway through one of Cassandra Clare's books. Sorry! I tried!) I would have liked to get deeper into the characters' points-of-view, deeper into the world, etc. But the simple writing lent itself to flashbacks, information dumps, and surface-level descriptions that just didn't awaken much of the story for me. (Unless we were in a scene with Aaron. Those were perfection.)
Great debut. The story was easy enough to follow, but deep enough to leave an impacting message. A strong addition to the library of Christian dystopian fiction!
Carrington is not chosen and has issues adjusting to her new role. She makes a new friend and meets a guard, Remko, who catches her heart, but she has no chance since neither of them are allowed to marry. Circumstances change and Carrington gets a second chance to be chosen, but things don't end up going the way she imagines.
This story was pretty dark. There's a brief glimmer of light at the end, but most of the book is about Carrington's disappointment at not being chosen, the cruelty of the Authority, Carrington's fears about her fate, a serial killer and bad things happening to her "friends."
Overall, I suppose you could read this one alone, but there is a continuation of the story in The Calling. It was well written and I liked Remko's character a lot. If you like dystopian stories, you might like this one.
Remko is a city guard who Carrington recognizes early on as a man who has a tender heart and an unfulfilled need in his heart. There is a lot going on in the story that will keep you up reading till the end; it is intense to the max! What is portrayed is spiritual warfare that happens over each soul and how one must choose to be free in Him, loved by Him and cherished by Him. The villain in the book readers will quickly spot from the opening of the tale.
I bought this book when it first came out, intending to read it as soon as I could. When book two recently was released titled, The Calling, I had to delve into the constant action and high caliber intensity of book one that never lets up. The story is powerful because it speaks powerful Biblical truths through various parts of the work of fiction.
When I looked in the back of book two, The Calling, I saw book three will be released in the fall of this year, I was ecstatic not to have to wait a whole year for the conclusion! In the tale too I noticed just how important a family unit is and how it works best to the glory of God. I enjoyed the name used to show us Jesus as our High Priest, who offered Himself to redeem us, to reconcile us and restore us.
So grab The Choosing and The Calling so you’re prepared for book three when it is released by Tyndale this year! Open your heart and mind to the spiritual truths well woven within the novels! See you again when I review The Calling as well as book three in the series!
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