Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Review: Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt from Entangled Teen

The Chosen Ones (The Lost Souls #1)
By Tiffany Truitt
Published:  June 12, 2012
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Source:  E-book provided by publisher for honest review.

Life is bleak but uncomplicated for sixteen-year-old Tess, living in a not-too-distant future where the government, faced with humanity's extinction, created the Chosen Ones, artificial beings who are extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly. 

When Tess begins work at Templeton, a Chosen Ones training facility, she meets James, and the attraction is immediate in its intensity, overwhelming in its danger. But there is more to Templeton than Tess ever knew. Can she stand against her oppressors, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

My Thoughts:  Chosen Ones is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the United States has become divided after a great war, one of the after effects being that few if any women are able to give birth to children and if they become pregnant, it is pretty much a death sentence for them.  Tess knows the rules, "Emotional entanglements only lead to physical trespasses.  We humans, were weak.  We couldn't be trusted with our emotions.  The female is dangerous because of her natural tendency to embrace humans' emotional side and her ability to elicit and encourage sexual activity.....Sex equates full and utter dependence on someone else both physically and emotionally.  There is a brutal war going on right outside our home; we can't afford to be distracted."  Forced to recite these rules after her sister's death in front of the whole compound, Tess is branded, and sent to take her sister's place a Templeton, as is the duty of the firstborn female in each family.....sent to serve the "Chosen Ones."  

The "Chosen Ones" are beings created by "The Council," and their purposes is to protect the humans or "naturals."  Genetically engineered, these males are considered to superior  to the naturals in every way.  They fight the wars and supposedly offer hope for continuation of the species.  Templeton is the training center for the Chosen Ones.  This is where Tess will serve in her sister's place.  She has vowed never to love, not to allow herself to feel, her heart hardened in a world with little hope.  The things she sees and learns at Templeton cause Tess to question everything she has been taught, and when she meets James, a Chosen One who is unlike any other she has ever met, her whole belief system is challenged and put to the test.  Love, which was something Tess vowed never to partake in, blossoms in her heart as she and James spend more time together.  Their's is  relationship that is forbidden, something that wasn't supposed to happen, but yet it does and they must face the consequences.  When something is discovered about Tess, about how she is different from all the other females, it forces a plan to be put in motion by "The Resistance," a covert group that is opposes what the Council is doing, but this plan is dangerous, not everyone will survive, and not everyone can be trusted.  

Chosen Ones is a dystopian novel set in a bleak world where little hope is given to the human race.  It portrays a dark future, one devoid of love, but also one where love will find a way when it seems there isn't one.  There is also a science fiction element, that being the creation of the Chosen Ones, a superior race of beings, but they are not as easily "controlled" as their creators intended them to be.  The story is filled with conspiracy, murder, betrayal, revolution, and romance in a dark futuristic setting where things and people are not always what they seem.  I enjoyed the relationship between Tess and James, and I look forward to seeing where  that goes in the next installment of the series.  There were several other interesting characters that we get to meet, Henry, a human who was Tess's best friend when she was younger.  Then there is Robert, who was her sister's husband, and also the evil George, who is the kind of guy you love to hate.  Overall this was an interesting and intriguing story with dystopian, science fiction, and romantic elements, and if you are a fan of these types of stories, then Chosen Ones is something you might want to check out.  

Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of  one McDonalds and Banana Rats (don’t ask), she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book).
Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. The earliest books she remembers reading belong to The Little House on the Prairie Series. First book she read in one day? Little Woman(5th grade). First author she fell in love with? Jane Austen in middle school. Tiffany spent most of her high school and college career as a literary snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow” or outside the “classics.”
Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom. She currently teaches the following novels: The OutsidersSpeakNight, Dystopian Literature Circles: The Hunger GamesThe GiverThe Uglies, and Matched.
Tiffany is proud to call herself an educator and Young Adult author. Her first book will be published by Entangled Publishing.
Education Information: Longwood University (BA English) Old Dominion University (MA Literature)


  1. The story reminds me of a lot of dystopians, but I have heard very good things about Chosen Ones. It sounds like a good, well-written story. Great review, Ellen!

  2. I have had this one my WL since it came out. It sounds really good and I'm back on a dystopian kick again so I might actually be in the mood for it soon!

  3. I have to read dystopians far apart from one another since most of the time they are so bleak but I still love them and this is one I picked up when it was released and then honestly forgot about. I think I might have to pick it up soon and give it a try. It sounds really interesting.

  4. I really liked this one. James was great, and I can't wait to see what happens next with Tess and him. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever


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