Chosen Ones (The Lost Souls)
By Tiffany Truitt
Paperback, 260 pages
Expected publication: April 10th 2012
By Entangled Publishing, LLC
What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?
Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.
Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.
But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?
Another great book with an awesome kick ass character! The world that Truitt has created is dark and intense. Humans are basically slaves to the Chosen Ones, who were created to help humans. But somewhere along the way the Chosen Ones took over and want to make sure humans do not rise above them. When Tess is sent to Templeton to work there, she learns and witnesses what The Chosen Ones are really like. There were some scenes that left me with my mouth open. Some were raw and extreme. Tess stood strong every step of the way though. I really liked that her character stayed consistent throughout the whole book.
From reading the blurb you would think that this story has an insta-love, but rest easy when I say it does not. The relationship between James and Tess develops at a very nice pace and it was heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time. James was a confused Chosen One. Everything he has ever been taught about his kind and the naturals (aka Humans) no longer makes any sense to him, and the same goes for Tess. It was nice watching these two grow throughout the book. Every time they were together I was at the edge of my seat thinking “this it, O-M-G they are going to get caught.” I love it when a book does this to me.
The only issue I had was the ending of the book and I felt there were some parts that could have been explained a little bit better. The ending felt way too easy and there is a scene (and I can’t really go into details because then it would be a spoiler) where James tells Tess something that I thought would be revealed towards the ending, but it wasn’t and I was left with questions. I know there is going to be a sequel, or at least I hope there is, but I just felt that scene sort of became pointless.
Overall, I am so happy I got the chance to read this book and I am really looking forward to the next in the series, or any book by Truitt. It reads at a nice pace, has awesome characters, and it’s very unpredictable, which was a huge plus for me! It was also very suspenseful at times. I really enjoyed it.
4 out 5 stars!