I tend to to prefer non-fiction books, however every once in a while I really want to be captured in a story. Ever since I read Divergent, I’ve enjoyed dystopian novels so The Choosing intrigued me by the description:
Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—to end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.
But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. Though the whispers contradict everything she’s been told, they resonate deep within.
Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, yet she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.”
The Choosing is written by Rachelle Dekker, her debut book, and honestly it’s a fantastic read! It did take me some time before I was drawn in but I really enjoyed the descriptives she used. It’s intriguing in the pursuit of the truth, of the limitations of the law, and in the mystery of who’s targeting the rejected (the Lints).
Three stories are somewhat intertwined in the book: 1. Carrington’s story of dealing with being not chosen and then chosen while contemplating the words of freedom spoken to her, 2. The killer’s story of how he’s stalking his victims and the mentality of his perception and philosophy, and 3. The historical story of how the former world ended and this new dystopian world began.
What I enjoyed the most was Carrington’s poise & character as she navigates the reality she is forced to live. Basically, she goes from an upper-middle class status to the lowest of the low class simply because she was not chosen to be a wife. Then she received a second chance, all the while contemplating the reality of her identity and trying to decide if she believes everything that has been taught and ingrained in her about the law, or if there’s another source of her identity that leads to freedom from the law. She also fights the expectations she knows others, mainly her mother, have placed upon her.
I think this book stands alongside the likes of Hunger Games and Divergent (of which I like Divergent much better). Rachelle did a great job of melding biblical principles with a fantastical plot. I do wish she did greater character development of some other peripheral characters though, mainly Remko, Arianna and Aaron.
The one thing I really wasn’t fond of, and this is small I know, but the author introduces herself first and foremost as “the oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker…” I don’t mind that she mentioned her dad, but I find it slightly distasteful that it’s the very first thing she mentioned. I wanted to see her stand on her own ability and intellect rather than tugging the coat-tails of her dad. Granted, I’ve never read any of her dad’s books so I don’t know how similar they may write or whether their writing styles are different.
The story was great though, I’m glad I received it.
Disclosure: I received this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.